Venus and her sister planet concludes their 3,000 year cycle. Stargazers amass to witness this once-in-a-lifetime event, but not Mark, his life is about to change.
Mark's chance encounter with the cold but intangibly-carnal Kiko sets him plummeting into free-fall. Kim, his emphatic but emotionally-charged wife moonlights with a shadowy organisation whose intentions are far from transparent. She needs to blame someone for the disappearance of their daughter twenty years ago. No solace is offered by her egocentric therapist who's engrossed in his own agenda.
Plagued by visions, Mark struggles to maintain his grip on reality and descends into a vividly-violent web of darkness. As Mark's world spirals beyond his control, it's quite possible this cycle will not end smoothly.
Then something happened. Following a knee operation he found himself incapacitated for a spell. Overnight he was immobile and learnt a keen lesson in loss. This new sense of frustration didn't sit well with him. Reviewing his then limited options he decided to vent by writing. Writing had always been on his bucket list and this seemed to be the perfect opportunity.
Stuart tells himself he's not an author, this belief is what makes him not an author.
He has helped out the Sinister Horror Company by proofreading titles, including: Terror Byte, Punch, Class Three, Upon Waking, Class Four and Hexagram for JR Park and Duncan P Bradshaw. He also has a keen interest in photography and produced an abstract photography book called 'Escapee'. Some of his work can been found here: http://likebreathing.com/.
Remember Stuart is not an author, at least that's what he believes, so it must be true.
Anyway, Stuart, the author wrote to me and was like- “I can’t tell you much about the story so I don’t give anything away.”
So I thought- yes, this is some good intrigue and makes the book sticky… you know, sticky.. as in you’ll want to see what it’s about or it’ll annoy you until the end of days and a year!
Stuart offered to send me a copy and I really liked the cover so I said- I like me a bit of madness, went to Amazon and bought a copy. I like to give back to society at times. Yes, it’s peanuts but still… keep Lady Karma happy, you know?
Not only rang Stuart’s words true- he couldn’t really say much for fear of giving away the ‘grand prize’, I don’t think I’m able to put it into a comprehensible paragraph to explain what goes down in this novella. And I freaking love it. I so absolutely and totally enjoy a chaotic reading experience. I enjoy not knowing what the author is going to tell me… Every page is a surprise and up yours overused tropes and unoriginal plots. Although, weak stomachs and upturned noses for horror, gore, graphic content will not want to torture themselves with it. Then again, go on, step out of your comfort zone!
Marked is a mix of horror, fantasy and sci-fi. In layman’s terms this book will make you feel like your subconscious produced a demon and it’s now coursing at high speed through your brain planting a proper trippy nightmare. The novella starts off with a scene whereby a child goes missing and you may think a who dunnit chase will go down. No. Nope. You’ll be spun around in circles just to confuse you, and pushed into a direction and Japanese underworld that paints a very vivid picture in your mind and you want the vivid picture to stop playing when the horrors begin. Graphic times 2843556345745.
"The teenagers stared as Mark threw the skin on the passenger seat of his vehicle, exposing his peeled chest. He climbed in the driver side, clicked in his seatbelt and started the engine, kicking the radio into life."
Sorry, what? Clicked in his seatbelt… over his peeled chest? Yeah, gag!
This is Stuart’s attempt at writing even though he claims he's not an author and it’s bloody good. He knows how to capture you into the story’s web and keep you in the environment, no matter how much you squirm and try to get free. The sounds, the images, the feelings- they’re all so crystal clear. So very clear. If I was to ever write a book, I would want to have Stuart’s skill in painting a picture with words. Brilliant.
My Rating: 5 trippy, possessed, blood dripping stars
I received this book to give an honest review. So I am trying to really think on how to write this review without giving away so much. So this book started off pretty powerful. We are thrown into the life of Mark and his family. When his daughter goes missing this starts his wife on a down whirl spiral. We fast forward quite a few years and we see the affects of not having their daughter with them. It seems to kind of take a toll on Mark's wife Kim. As the story progresses it seems that Kim has a secret life which had me baffled though we don't spend much time on her. Then we get to Mark and it seems something has overtaken Mark and he won't be the same person. There will be death and weirdness in this book.
I am only giving 2 stars because I started to get confused as to what the heck was going on. I don't like being confused when reading a book. Like I said in the beginning the book started off powerful and it had me until we got to Mark's job and his daughter ran off. After that I really tried to follow the story but it just seemed all over the place and nothing was really making sense too me. What was the point of some of the things going on with the book. Why did his daughter run off? Why did his wife have this mysterious job? Who was she talking to on the phone? What did this Kiko have to do with anything? Among other questions. As far as plot wise umm I am not sure what it technically was fully. I assume something came from outer space and may have overtook Mark's body? Though I could be wrong. I am not sure what else I can write as I feel like I will be giving away the story that lies within this book. I say pick it up and give it a read and see if you enjoy it, you may.
Well, this book is about a kidnapping, or maybe not... It is about a 'company' which use the force (very hard) to get information (not sure what information), or maybe not... It is about a guy who write a book regarding what is going to happen, or maybe not... It is an erotic book with sexual affairs, or maybe not... It is about a virus, or maybe not... It is about a turtle, a card game About black magic, movements of planets and their consequences, blooding people, masochism, real time television... and a squirrel in a field of corn... or maybe not.
I am not sure if you have understood me ... but I am clear that I have not understood the book ... or maybe yes.
*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review *
Rating: 2 stars
Marked follows a family who are dealing with the unsolved disappearance of their daughter 20 years ago. As the story unfolds the planet Venus and her sister conclude a 3,000 year cycle and this is woven into the plot.
To be honest I didn’t really enjoy this book. It started off well, explaining the events that led to Mark and Kim’s daughter’s disappearance and then how they both dealt with the loss in their different ways. After this it seemed to get lost somehow. I found that the plot wasn’t really making sense and nor were the characters actions. I’m not too sure how the Venus cycle fitted in at all either. It was just too confusing and I ended up reading it twice to try and make sense of it all, but to no avail. Overall this made for a frustrating read so I can only give it 2 stars.