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Flash Back

(The Fountain #1)

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The inevitable breakthrough. An irresistible opportunity. The second chance of a lifetime.

Generation Xer, Charlotte Fenn wishes she had made different choices. Perhaps if she had her life would not seem to be flatlining toward more of the same—the mere thought is depressing. However, just as change is certain, life itself is unpredictable. And so, in her wildest imaginings
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Published May 31st 2017 by inklingwell Press
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Christina McMullen
I am a huge fan of diversity within established genres, especially sci-fi. Regeneration X is a subtle yet welcome deviation from the realm of space ships, robots, and laser guns.

Set in the very near future, I do admit to raising an eyebrow at some of the author's predictions. I can accept that in ten years we might have the technology to regenerate ourselves on a cellular level and cybernetic implants are already in use as treatment for medical conditions,but I am not quite convinced that we as
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Owen O'Neill
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When it comes to books, I’m caught by two things: prose style and intelligent, complex, believable and somewhat quirky characters. Quotes by Shakespeare in the chapter heads is a big plus, too. “Regeneration X” offers all three. The author has put a great deal of thought into her characters and setting, honing the details to perfection. Better yet (in my opinion), she writes with the incisiveness of a clinician deeply informed by the sensibilities of a poet. This is rare and personally, I would ...more
Charles Hash
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Be careful what you wish for. You might just get it.

An insightful novel about the lonely darkness that nostalgia can bring upon us. In our longing to know where things went wrong, we often hide our self-doubt and failures with rose colored glasses. And sometimes what we consider to be a failure wasn't a failure at all, it simply did not meet our contrived and specifically rigid definition of success. When we narrow our vision of what we are, what we should be, what we can be, and what we could h
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J.C. Steel
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Flash Back, by Ellison Blackburn, we meet Charlotte Rhys Fenn, a successful editor and writer for a health magazine. Charley is in her fifties, has been married for nearly twenty years, has plenty of income - and is bored out of her mind by her life. Held in a relationship that has long since become more of a habit than a marriage for both partners, with a repetitive job, Charley makes periodic tries to strike some chord of interest in her partner, and to find some way to alleviate the humdru ...more
Charles Hash
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Be careful what you wish for. You might just get it.

An insightful novel about the lonely darkness that nostalgia can bring upon us. In our longing to know where things went wrong, we often hide our self-doubt and failures with rose colored glasses. And sometimes what we consider to be a failure wasn't a failure at all, it simply did not meet our contrived and specifically rigid definition of success. When we narrow our vision of what we are, what we should be, what we can be, and what we could h
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April Wilson
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely stunning book! Blackburn is an amazing writer, so eloquent, so thought-provoking. It's rare (if ever!) that I can say a book changed my life - this one did. It's a speculative/scifi book that explores the concept of being able to "regenerate" one's self back in age. What if you could reverse your age and return to a younger you? What if you could return to your teen years, having a young body all over again, but keeping your current knowledge and experience? Would you do it? What woul ...more
Lauren Jones
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is so unlike the novels that I usually read. I automatically signed up to review this before even reading the synopsis because the cover is so interesting and attractive. Sometimes, you just can’t help but prejudge a book by it’s cover! Regeneration X begins with Charlotte Rhys, Charley for short. She is in her fifties and a little regretful of the life that she has led thus far. She is in a marriage which is no longer romantic and fulfilling. With the technology as advanced as it cur ...more
M. Ray Holloway Jr.
One thing that I appreciate about writers is when they demonstrate a true command of the language of their story. I enjoyed the descriptive nature of this author's tale, and the way she used such a large vocabulary to describe the thoughts and actions of her characters.

I had some trouble getting into the actual story itself, though. It seemed like it took a long time to get down to the meat of the book itself. Told from the perspective of Charley, a 54 year old married woman who had fallen into
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Samaris Creech
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charley seems to have all that anyone can want out of life; a loving husband, a great career and fur babies, what more could a girl ask for? Yet she finds herself increasingly questioning her choices through to her life and longing for the old ways of doing things before technology got its grip on our lives and changed it all. Working for a magazine that specializes in letting everyone know about the newest technological and medical advances being made Charley finds that she often fears what the ...more
Becca LovingtheBook
This book was really intriguing. It was a unique idea and really made you think about what you have in life and what you want in life. If you had a chance to go back and change your past to effect your future - would you?
Ellison Blackburn has woven an imaginative, though provoking story. Imagining what could be and asking questions of what the world is becoming and what technology is leading to, along with personal questions of where we are in our life, where our pasts have lead us, and what wou
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Ana Meyer
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel really got me thinking....would I do it? Honestly I wouldn't go back to under 21 at least....I gotta have my wine. But the premise it puts forth is one so many people wonder on a daily basis, if I could go back and start again what would I do, what would I do differently? Ellison puts together a really interesting novel that gives you insight in how this would change a person's life. I enjoyed reading and would recommend to any lovers of insightful stories.
Aly
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was drawn into this story line right away. I can see where Charley is coming from. I am not sure if I would do this Cell Regeneration but it makes for a great book. I loved it and I would love to see where else this tory can go. This was a great book for me that I finished rather quickly. * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Peter Kazmaier
In Flashback, by Ellison Blackburn, we meet Charley, a middle-aged married woman who undergoes cellular regeneration. Cellular regeneration gives Charley the body of an eighteen year old (even though it doesn’t increase her overall life expectancy) without any loss of her memories or previous life experiences. What seems at the outset like a uniformly positive change without qualification, leads to many unexpected difficulties. It is a coming-of-age story with the twist that Charley is coming-of ...more
Mary Helen
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Flash Back is not your typical SF novel. Rather than focusing on the possibilities in future science and technology, the attention is more on its effects...how one individual, the main character, Charley, deals with her life and the consequences of the choices she makes. It’s a clever idea and an intriguing story. 4.2/5⭐ I received a complimentary copy of this book but happily give my honest review. ...more
Mona
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe that this is the first book
Ani
Dec 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*** I was given this ARC for a fair and honest review***

"All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts."—William Shakespeare, As You Like It

This Shakespearean quote aptly describe's Ellison Blackburn's Regeneration X. Some time in 2024, man has discovered how to stop cell degeneration, reverse aging up to a certain point and physically take your body back in time through gene splicing and cel
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E.P.
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
"Regeneration X" is a unique sci-fi book. Set in the very near future--2024-2026, to be exact--it is the journal and experiences of Charley, a woman in her fifties (at the start of the novel) who feels trapped, bored, and ordinary in her comfortable middle-class existence. As an attempt to restart her life and start living in an exciting and authentic way, one that will allow her to create lasting memories, she decides to undergo the very new procedure of regeneration, which allows people to mak ...more
Lauren
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Regeneration X is a story set in the near future about regeneration (specifically called re-aging). The main character finds in the middle of her life that she is unsatisfied. Due to her unhappiness, which she wrongly self diagnoses as depression/mental health issues, she seeks professional support. Unsatisfied in her marriage, career, and uneventful life she decides to seek out a solution. After journalist and meeting with the therapist for an extended period of time she decides to explore the ...more
Bethany Swafford
This is a novel about the choices a person makes in their life and dealing with the consequences of those choices. I’ve never read a book like this and I was really fascinated by it. It is set in the not too distant future where it’s possible for a person to be ‘regenerated’, having your very cells de-aged to any age you choose.

I really liked the main character Charlotte ‘Charley’ as she tries to make sense of what she wants. She thinks she’s depressed but that’s not the case, she’s just convinc
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Maari
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very different.
Interesting read. Very intriguing as to what very well could be possible in the not-so-distant future! Ms. Blackburn writes in such a way with great detail making regeneration very believable! This was a quick read & I look forward to seeing what happens in the next book.
An ARC of this ebook was given in exchange for an honest review and as part of a blog tour. Opinions in this review are my own.
Pretentia
Jul 11, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So boring. So predictable.
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Ellison Blackburn is the author of several works of fiction including the speculative Fountain science-fiction trilogy and the Watchers urban-fantasy series as well as the time-travel Victorian mysteries featuring the Chicago St. Clairs.

Unlike other writers who knew what they wanted to be when they grew up, Ellison came into her own as such only a few years ago. Despite earning degrees in Biology
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