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A modern day Hamlet for YA readers.

His father is dead. His mother has remarried. His uncle is . . . his new stepfather? When the ghost of Simon Elsinore's father returns and claims he was murdered by his own brother, the nineteen-year-old film student must determine what is true and exact the revenge his father demands.
Paperback, 254 pages
Published April 18th 2015 by Gemiknight Ptress
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Ronnie


I received an ebook copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

To tell the truth I have my issues with modernized Shakespeare, but from time to time I pick up a book or watch a film adaptation that sets one of the Bard’s story in modern times just to see if I can take anything away from it. Very often I don’t like the whole setting, the whole atmosphere of these works, simply because I adore the mood that Shakespeare originally created so much, it’s hard for me to stop
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Cassandra (Thebookishcrypt)
*Book provided in exchange for an honest review*
Wow! What a way to start a book. This started off with a bombshell. As soon as the dust cleared out I was left standing in the beginning of it all. I loved the writing style in this book. It definitely cooked up a massive impact at the end. I was left wondering how exactly everything planned out and once it came to be... all I could do was grip tight and ride the roller coaster of betrayal and revenge.
I had chills throughout the entire book. The s
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BellaReadz
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Simon” by Michael Mullin is one of the surprisingly good novels I’ve read in a long time. I was completely drawn in from the get-go with that wicked opening, and absolutely loved the author’s use of description of the different settings, and his attention to detailing in the characterizations and the world-building that gave a real authenticity to the familiar characters/themes of the beloved Shakespeare’s story ((This is a “Hamlet” re-telling)), but still making it feel fresh and updated. Caug ...more
Stacy
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
this book was terrific! Once I started reading, “Simon” by Michael Mullin I didn’t want to stop until I’d finished the whole thing. It pulls you in from the beginning, and I enjoyed the author’s “voice” and style of writing. The interweaving plotlines were well-crafted and not predictable, surprising considering it had some familiar tropes and characters and I was bracing myself for it to be cliché or a retelling of the same ol’ same ol’ Shakespeare’ stories out there. However, I thought Mr. Mul ...more
Paula
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Simon Says Action!

Everyone is shocked, and gossip runs rampant following the gruesome murder of the Elsinores. This prominent wealthy philanthropic couple living the best of life didn't see it coming. A classic who done it, although when you think you've solved it... better not hurry to any conclusions. The plot twists and turns as the public distorts every phase of the investigation. Even rumors of the rich old money couple being members of a satanic cult emerge. This book has it all lust, mone
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Angie
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Synopsis: "A modern day Hamlet for YA readers.

His father is dead. His mother has remarried. His uncle is . . . his new stepfather? When the ghost of Simon Elsinore's father returns and claims he was murdered by his own brother, the nineteen-year-old film student must determine what is true and exact the revenge his father demands."


My Review: This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. I have read a couple of re-telling and modernizations of Hamlet and have been a lit
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Kaylee
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Simon” by author Michael Mullin was wonderful – really enjoyed it overall. I was really intrigued by the premise of a modern re-telling of “Hamlet” (one of my all-time faves) and wondered what the author would do to make it work-- and I was not disappointed in the execution in the least. I was curious how the author would pull it off as this is a tale that has been done many times before… it’s pretty tough to bring something new to the table to engage the readers. But I was completely drawn in ...more
Charissa Wilkinson
I received this book for a fair review.

Overview: Simon isn’t too happy about his mother getting re-married so soon after his father’s funeral. Well, guess what. Dearly departed Dad doesn’t like the idea much either. Especially since he claims that Simon’s uncle/step-father murdered him. Now Simon is dealing with a request for revenge from the dearly departed, and the requests from the living. Will this bode well for anything involve?

Likes: Richard, a.k.a. the dearly departed, seemed to ask that
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Essie Harmon
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
warning…when starting this book make sure you don’t have anywhere you need to be or anything you need to do because you won’t want to stop reading until you’ve finished it all!! Trust me on this! The book starts off with an attention-grabbing, unforgettable beginning and just keeps going with one twist after another. The characters of Simon and Juliana and all the others were fantastic, genuine and believable with great chemistry which was amazing considering the unique (familiar) circu
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Jenna
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it

"Simon” is the first book I’ve read by this author Michael Mullin, but I certainly hope it’s not the last. He has a gift for writing descriptive and life-like scenes that make us feel like we are really there inside the story, as opposed to it all just being “told” to us, as so many authors make the mistake of doing. I like that this book didn’t feel stale or derivative of others in the Shakespeare’s’ canon of re-tellings, but instead like a new niche of literary and YA drama that serves well to
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Julie Baswell
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
After Richard, Simon’s dad, dies unexpectedly, his mother marries Richard’s brother Charles. Simon can’t accept his uncle becoming his stepfather, and refuses to go to the wedding. When Simon sees his dad’s ghost telling him that he was murdered, Simon decides to do whatever it takes, to get justice for his dad’s death.

Simon was an interesting character, but he was the only one with that status. I sympathized with his emotions in what was happening to him. I wasn’t a fan of the way the story was
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Candace Kuhn
Jun 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: drama
A modern day Hamlet? Count me in! I have read Hamlet at least six times. It's obviously my favorite Shakespeare work. I did enjoy Simon, but it needs some work. I think that there were some chapters that weren't necessary, and mixed with a lot of passive voice, I became bored several times. The climactic sequences are really good, to the point that I think they go by too fast. I would have loved to have seen Simon have a slow degradation into some of his more maddening moments--like some of Haml ...more
Alexis Rodriguez
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a really provocative and worth-reading update of Hamlet. The author doesn't dumb it down, even though this is a YA novel. He pulls together the intricacies of Shakespeare's plotting, but does it with a very modern view. Even though the story may be familiar to anyone who's read Hamlet, there's still a lot of suspense and intrigue. The book has great visual imagery and supporting characters aren't relegated to one-dimensional figures that are just there to fill in the blanks. I think it w ...more
Layla
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading “Simon” by Michael Mullin I thought it was excellently written with very clean editing (I notice things like that!) and kept my attention from the dramatic opening to the bittersweet end. I read it relatively quickly and loved the characters and the fresh twist that the author spun on this familiar storyline. Make no mistake, it is creative and brings a new perspective to the famous classic “Hamlet” that gives it its own voice and identity. You won’t feel like you’re rea ...more
Cathy
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: goodreads
I received this book from goodreads. I believe Simon would be a great teaching aid for today's students who are studying Hamlet. The book is timely with journalists covering the deaths of 5 people in an affluent neighborhood. Students can relate to the youth in the story and their lives and interests in high school and after. Combine this with reading Hamlet and I believe Shakespeare's play will be much clearer as both stories are discussed and compared. I would recommend this book to anyone wit ...more
Kritika
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty great Hamlet retelling. There were a few things that didn't carry over well into the modern day, but overall this captured the spirit of Hamlet really well!

*Full review to come*

A free e-copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
Coleen (The Book Ramblings)
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Review to come
Mckinley
Aug 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned, ya, crime, family
Hamlet, only too hip and modern for me.
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Michael Mullin is a native New Englander living in Pasadena. He is Founder and CEO of Gemiknight Press, which currently publishes his own work and his collaborations, but is moving toward accepting submissions. The company's flagship title is "TaleSpins," a trilogy of alternative fairy tales and retellings for YA readers. Michael is also author of "Simon," a modern-day retelling of Hamlet that won ...more
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