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The Secret of Talmor Manor

(Talmor #1)

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After a mysterious package arrives on Jake's doorstep, he starts having very strange dreams: when he falls asleep he finds himself in a dilapidated English Manor inhabited by a number of ghosts who believe he can free them from their eternal existence. But when the Lord of the Manor appears in Jake's living room, Jake finds himself fac
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Paperback, 314 pages
Published February 27th 2011 by MLR Press (first published February 26th 2011)
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Dannielle
Mar 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, m-m
Review posted on Bitten by Paranormal Romance


Overall, I enjoyed this book and the mystery surrounding Talmor Manor. In the beginning you are really drawn into the story with Jake’s repeated visits to the Manor in his dreams. In these visits things keep changing, and he meets new characters. You really get into the story, and want to know what happens next. There is quite a bit of humor throughout the book, and Jake loves to use sarcasm. I definitely found myself laughing out loud while reading.
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Kaje Harper
Dec 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. I have to admit, I loved the character of Jake. He's a very calm guy and somewhat prone to becoming pedantic, but I married a guy like that and his character really works for me. (view spoiler) I liked the way there was humor and real-feeling mundanity mixed in here ...more
Misty
** 4.5 Stars **

I liked it a LOT! It's an imaginative mystery, an interesting mix of gothic-fantasy and old legends, an intriguing journey between dreams and reality. It was strangely compelling!
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Byron
Jun 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
FREAKING AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Matthew Lang puts a new spin on writing.. a little bit of many genre's and some REALLY good characters add a couple of twist's, a healthy dose of humour and Hot Damn... I giggled aloud at some of that humour too.. Was holding my breath in a couple of scenes, late back from lunch and two breaks, all because I HAD to finish it!!! I repeat, FREAKING AWESOME read..

I have to admit that I was a wee bit sceptical as I've read a couple of local authors who sort
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Carmel
I quite enjoyed this debut novel by Matthew Lang, I'm giving it 3 1/2 stars!
Loved the main characters Jake & Nathaniel "Natt", whose relationship developes slowly, strenghtening as the story builds intensity. Modern day collides with old England and for Jake, the state of dreaming is his passageway from one to the other. Magic, ghosts & vampires make for an interesting mix which I love. A large portion of this novel is set in Melbourne which I love and for those that live in or close to this lo
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Cotilla
Mar 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic. Simply fantastic.
Miz Love
May 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is bloody brilliant. It has great writing, humour, a superb plot that weaves its way into your heart and mind, and a fabulous ending.


I loved the historical aspect and lapped up the visuals when Jake visits Talmor Manor in his dreams. The quality of visuals in his dream-like state are nothing short of marvellous—it’s creepy in a way, yet at the same time it’s like Jake is meant to be there so it’s okay. I smelled the musty air, saw the dark feel of the place, and absolutely adored the s
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Tori
Apr 16, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted at http://www.smexybooks.com/2011/05/rev...

After a mysterious package arrives on Jake’s doorstep, he starts having very strange dreams: when he falls asleep he finds himself in a dilapidated English Manor inhabited by a number of ghosts who believe he can free them from their eternal existence. But when the Lord of the Manor appears in Jake’s living room, Jake finds himself facing some very difficult questions. What should he do about the attraction between him and this turn of
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Cindi
Feb 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, m-m, series
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Lena Grey
Apr 27, 2011 rated it liked it
'The Secret of Talmor Manor' by Matthew Lang is a story with lots of appealing elements—ghosts, supernatural occurrences, mythical entities, pagan traditions, divining, history and man love. I enjoyed the character development and the relationship between Jake and Nathaniel. They were witty, charming and oh so fervent. I enjoyed the manner in which their love story was portrayed, with patience and passion; they made a great couple.

The story was promising and, at times, engaging, but the detailed
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Lil' Grogan
Mar 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
Puzzled by this. I started off intrigued by the paranormal aspect. Having Jake be a creative writing prof provided fodder for some funny comments on his experience in the world he enters. However, the story loses its steam in the middle when Nate comes into the present time. The characters seem to move on as if nothing extraordinary has brought them where they are. In fact, what I would have been interested in reading is happening off-page. Instead, I felt buried under Jake's lecturing, Trent(th ...more
Matthew Lang
Mar 14, 2011 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Well, I wrote this, so I'm deliberately not rating it or saying too much about it. It's been a labour of love writing it, and I'm very excited to have it available for people to read and enjoy.

If anyone has any questions about the book, feel free to send them to me and I'll do my best to answer them. If there's enough demand I'm also happy to look at doing a Q&A session as well.

If you'd like to read an excerpt of the text you can find one on my website here.

Thanks for reading this and I hope you
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Karin
Aug 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with Nate a little myself...too bad I'm a girl. This was a great mystery and I had no idea where it was going until it got there. It had a certain Beauty & the Beast arc, while both men were beautiful. The characters were fantastic and lovable. Overall I would suggest this to any reader who is looking for a great story about two men looking for love and acceptance. ...more
Meggie
Jan 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, magic, romance
Wow this was some story! I was positive surprised to be frank, not that I expected something different. But reading so many books daily I have to say, this was truly interesting drawn story. I liked the plot and how it developed. There wasn't a moment of boring parts. Jake and Nate acted like a couple and I liked them both. It's unique plotted book with pulling well developed characters. ...more
Vespasian
Aug 01, 2011 rated it liked it
This was a nice departure from the usual. I enjoyed it. Wished it had been a little tighter though.
Damian Serbu
Nov 18, 2011 rated it liked it
A fun read. Some of the writing is a struggle, especially the dialogue. The concept is great. Original and an enjoyable quick read!
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Apr 16, 2011 marked it as to-read
Mytery-love em.
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Jun 22, 2011 rated it liked it
3.5
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Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some people may find the mixture of gothic horror and sweet contemporary romance weird but I absolutely loved this book.
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Matthew Lang writes behind a desk, in the park, on the tram and sometimes backstage at amateur theatre productions. He has been known to sing and dance in public, analyse the plots of movies and TV shows, and is a confessed Masterchef addict. Over the years he has dabbled in marketing, advertising, event management and the sale of light fittings, but his first love is and has always been that of t ...more

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