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Elliott Graven was prepared to be bored by his new town, and prepared to be annoyed by it. After all, it was a run-down fishing village in the back woods, and moving there suddenly had been his father's idea, not Elliott's. But he wasn't prepared for the sleepwalkers. Or the mushrooms. Or the jars of eyes. At least the werewolves seemed to be on his side...
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 4th 2007 by Sybertooth Inc
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Jennifer Wardrip
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Paul Marlowe's SPOREVILLE is a mysterious piece of historical fiction. It takes place in late 19th century Canada, but also has hints of fantasy and science fiction. The main character is a very logical and scientific fifteen-year-old named Elliot Graven.

Leaving a good medical practice in Kingston for Spohrville is one of the several odd things Dr. Graven has done since Elliot's mother died in a ship crash a year before. At first glance, Spohrville
Sep 11, 2008 Jc rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-fiction
Based on the cover, and the first chapter, I was going to quit reading this one. But I stuck it out, and I am really glad I did because it was a clever, entertaining book with a lot of dry humour.
Evan Jensen
Oct 28, 2010 Evan Jensen rated it really liked it
This book really snuck up on me as a Steampunk book. It starts and continues as a great period fiction. It might be YA but might not. It resonates well no matter the reader's age and the characters vary in maturity even within age brackets. Can't wait to read more from Mr. Marlowe.
Tanita S.
Aug 11, 2008 Tanita S. rated it it was amazing
I was surprised by how much I liked this book! All kinds of murky dark weirdness, and young heroes who save the day! I didn't think there was room for a sequel, until the very last second, then said, "Ah!"
May 27, 2014 Debbie rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-brunswick
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Mar 26, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Elliot isn’t too happy about moving to Spohrville, Nova Scotia, a small town best known for its annual eel festival. However, his father has a new job as doctor for the town, and his mother’s ship was lost at sea the year before, so there is nothing to keep them in their old town.

Things don’t start too auspiciously in Spohrville. The coach bringing Elliot and his father to town gets stuck in the mud. While the coachman attempts to fix the problem, Elliot wanders away from the carriage and gets l
Jan 24, 2011 Adam rated it it was ok
This is the problem with e-books, because I bought Harry Potter in paper form, now the various e-retailers have decided that I want to buy Young Adult books, and because there's not the physical separation that's present in a Brick and Mortar store between the YA and Fiction sections, I ended up buying this and reading the first hundred pages before I was lost by the immaturity of it.

The plot is reasonably good, and I liked the "Steam punkiness" of it. All in all though, it's a YA novel, and pr
 Bella Marie
Nov 09, 2011 Bella Marie rated it did not like it
I didnt like anything about this book. I didnt like how it was written, I didnt lke when it was set(around 1880)I didnt like the story line,which I found boring, nor the heroes.There isnt any supernatural in this book and surely no werewolves. Huge disappointment. That is why I couldnt finish it. Too bad cause I wanted to read it for a really long time. And it isnt funny at all. Waste of money,time,emotions. Dont bother.
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Nov 16, 2013 Michael Pryor rated it liked it
Quirky, flavoursome, eerie.
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Author of YA and adult SF & steampunk.

My third book - and first collection of short stories - came out July 2012. It's called "Ether Frolics". It's shortlisted for the 2012 Danuta Gleed Literary Award:

Reviews of Ether Frolics:

"This collection of nine short stories is a true jaw-dropping jewel of a book..." -Aly Grauer, Doctor Fantastique's Show of Wonde
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