Quarter Square (Wild Times #1)
English carpenter Joe Walker thinks his life is over when he discovers his wife and best friend having an affair. Restoring an abandoned theatre offers little hope for a fresh start...until he follows a group of strangers through a hidden door into a world he never could have imagined.
In the haven known as Quarter Square, Joe encounters a community of supernatural street p...more
I actually can’t believe how short the book was in relation to how much...more
I liked experiencing the story from Joe's POV. However, the story's "heroine," Min, did not work for me. Her treatment of Joe, as...more
I was able to read the first 3 chapters some time ago, and the story hasn’t left me alone since. I’ve been waiting patiently for it to be published, and now it has been, and I’m so happy for David. He’s a friend of mine from Forward Motion, an online writing community, and I think he’s a wonderful writer. Quarter Square does not disappoint.
We meet our protagonist, Joe, as he learns that his wife...more
One of the things I like about urban fantasy is how an author decides to make the world: do they decide to hide magic/paranormal or do they put it right out there? If they hide the magical world, do paranormals/supernaturals live in everyday world, or is there a "Harry Potter" like setting, where you can step into a world from the normal world into one of magic and wonder. This is a hiding version is something I fi...more
I'm really on the fence about this book.
On one side the setting and the premise are unusual enough, and Joe who went from being a chartered surveyor to a carpenter following his dream had all my sympathy all along. I love people with that sort of courage.
Joe is a regular guy who when given a chance to be introduced to the world of the supernatural, behaves like a child with wonder in his eyes. He wants to know and learn everything, he embraces and enjoys his new lifestyle and he cares abou...more
David Bridger has crafted something refreshingly different with Quarter Square with great doses of escapism, fear of being hunted and a heaping of ‘otherness.’
Our protagonist Joe has just suffered the ultimate shock — his wife in bed with his best friend — and in his pain ends up ditching them, his house, his former life to refinish an old theater. Sounds classic off-the-deep end, right? But Joe isn’t really all that broken up over it. So...more
Reviewed date: 12 June 2011
Review link: http://cleffairy.com/?p=5501
‘Quarter Square’ by David Bridger is a very intense and thrilling read. It starts off very emotional, making me sympathize with the main character for the injustice that he’s suffering, but as the story moves along, it gets much more interesting and instead of pity, I enjoyed how the characters and the environment developed.
If you’re not into paranormal stories, then you might find this story a tad s...more
Recently cuckolded by his wife and his best friend, Joe Walker isn't having the best time of his life. A carpenter by both trade and desire, Joe takes on a rundown theatre with little more than determination and a need to build, but with the startling arrival of a small group of street performers and the opening of a magical door, the direction of Joe's life is set to take a sharp turn to the wild side.
Stepping through the door introduces him to a quaint group of people who call...more
I have to be honest; I picked this book for the sole purpose that it was written by a man. I have found lately that the way men write just gets into my skin and by the end I’m just smiling. They are blunt, they don’t beat around the bush, and the romance is not ‘fluffy’ it is a lot more real than most Urban Fantasy/Paranormal books you read. The happy, isn’t a happily, it is satisfying enough to make you go “Hm, well now, that was bri...more
I found the storyline at the beginning very intriguing and it pulled me in right away with Joe's discovery and pain over his wife's betrayal. Then suddenly, the entire story shifts into something so completel...more
In the first part of the novel Joe (our protagonist) discovers a magic parallel universe which is accessible through the magic door in the century old theatre he’s renovating and sleeping in. Through that hole in the wall one enters a Renaissance-fair-like magic version of Plymouth where dwarves dance an...more
TBR Reviewer: Nat
The plot is good, but it wasn't an engaging read.
The book starts when Joe, the protagonist, finds out that his wife is cheating on him with his best friend. He throws everything away and decides to restore an old, abandoned theater. There, he encounters a community of magical dance performers and feels like he finally found a place he belongs.
The story itself wasn't strong enough to keep me reading. I wasn't "immersed" into their world. The narrative is too passive a...more
Like just about every reader, I can't help predicting how things will turn out, but I had give in and go with the flow, Bridger pulled the rug from under my feet every time.
Visually rich and exotic, I wandered through his new world and basked in the atmosphere and...more
Full review on Dark Side of the Covers blog
This story has a bit of everything paranormal thrown into a strange...more
In the opening of this novel it’s easy to sympathize with Joe, the protagonist. He walks in on his wife and his best friend in bed together in full action. Then he leaves the hotel they all three are staying at to stay in the newly bought building he’s bought with that friend. After this point I find it hard to connect with the protagonist.
Joe discovers a secret door into a haven, kind of like in Narnia. Another thing that’s d...more