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When Clarissa Bell goes to a shop that sells pre-owned books in search of something different she finds much more than a new story; she finds herself wrapped in an adventure where fiction extends beyond words on a page and has the power to completely change everything.

Take care when putting pen to paper, when using imagination to create.
For in the unknown twist of everythi
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Kindle Edition, 430 pages
Published September 18th 2017 by Self-published
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Mackey

A stunning, unique, delightful journey has been provided by author David Staniforth in his newest fantasy novel, The Book of Maker.

I admit that normally I'm not a fantasy reader, however, I love books and that is exactly what this one is all about. It is based around the concept of what happens to characters in the books once you close the covers. You know you've thought about this. Does Nancy Drew keep searching for clues, did Dorothy keep dreaming of Oz, what happens to the characters in Aust
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Christine
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don’t read fantasy novels except for those written by brilliant Brit indie author David Staniforth. He makes fantasy a joy. Take note, you non-fantasy fans out there.

The Book of Maker is a standalone story with a fascinating premise that drew me in immediately: What if you could communicate with characters in a story and they could communicate with you? And what happens to the characters if the story goes unfinished? The Book of Maker probes these questions in a most intriguing way. Our main c
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Zoeytron
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
With the power of a pen stroke, a story maker can be either a creator or a destroyer. A contradiction of the senses can turn a parallel into a paradox, and circular circumstances can lead to ravelings which will inevitably meet. Read of kindred journals, an unfinished story, a cursed race, and why magic must be balanced.

Oh, the treasures that can be found on the shelves of dusty old bookshops. Case in point, a magical journal that seems to have Clarissa's name written all over it. You'll like Cl
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G.J.
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Something totally different for me as I am not usual a reader of fantasy novels. This is a well written story that captures the imagination.
Jean
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-for-review, beta
The Book of Maker is a lovely standalone fantasy novel by British author David Staniforth. The story features Clarissa Bell, a young reader who loves magic and make-believe. Perhaps this is because her own world is dreary and dull. Her mum works long hours. Her dad, an aspiring but failed writer, disappeared years ago, and Clarissa misses hearing his stories. She wears ill-fitting clothes from a bargain shop, and she is teased and bullied at school. Is it any wonder she seeks her escape in books ...more
Kath Middleton
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Clarissa Bell buys a book in a second-hand shop. It’s blank – a rather posh notebook, it appears. She discovers that it’s possible to communicate with characters in a book. It’s also possible that you’re a character in someone else’s book. What possibilities this idea opens for a fertile mind like David Staniforth’s.

A story about a girl who hangs around bookshops – a girl who discovers the power of the written word? What’s not to like? But, as always, it’s the way he tells them. David’s got a gr
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Annie
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
ACTUAL RATING 4.5*

David Staniforth is a new to me author. I love fantasy novels and saw this new novel was on offer for 99p, read the blurb and 'ping' another book purchase. I really enjoyed reading this, but was rather confused at one point when I arrived at chapter 6. I'd read previously about the book store and was again reading in chapter 6 about Clarissa going again into a book store. All became clear though. With regards to Clarissa's father, that was very predictable, but still enjoyable
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Faouzia
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What is better than a good book? Well, of course it is a good books about books! especially a book that capture you from the very first page which is exactly what happened to me with "The Book of Maker".

Have you ever wondered what happens to the characters of a story when you finish reading it, when you are not looking at it? Have you ever thought about them after closing the book and invented other events and futures for them? Have you ever dreamed to communicate with characters?
If you do, the
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Linda
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Another great story from author, David Staniforth - and a concept that is completely unique! In addition to the well drawn characters and intricate tale that unfolds, there is also much in here that will speak to anyone who holds an appreciation for books, loves holding and smelling them, loves bookstores and writing…
Martin Bell made up stories and told them to his daughter. He fancied himself a writer, but was never able to make a living at it – he was not good at seeing the stories through to
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Todd Simpson
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding!! I’ve read all of the books written by David Staniforth, and I loved every one of them. He really knows how to write an incredible story, that truly captures the reader’s attention. This story: ‘The Book of Maker’ has a combination of great characters, and very unique story line. It’s definitely one of those books you’ll remember even after you’ve completed it.
Clarissa Bell didn’t have much in her life besides her reading, which she spent a vast amount of time doing. Mainly because
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G J (Gaff to my friends) Reilly
Clarissa Bell is a reader, and like so many readers, she takes her stories seriously. But what happens when the book chooses you?

Sucked into an adventure between two worlds, it soon becomes clear that Clarissa’s life will never be the same again - that sometimes it isn’t who you know but what you’ve read that matters, and that sometimes the pen really is mightier than the sword.

This quirky standalone fantasy takes the rule book and stands it on its head - telling the tales of two central charact
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Jacqueline Shaw
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant & amazing story & it had something new to say. Loved it! I rather like this sentence from the book "....... rather like telling an idea for a story to an author which he then goes & turns into something more than you woulld ever have thought possible" Exactly!!!
Joo
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this author's thrillers, his fantasies not so much, but this is a book on its own.
Clarissa, a schoolgirl starts writing her journal, but someone else is writing in it. Rihanna, a princess in another world is writing in her journal, but someone else is writing in it. As it turns out, they are writing in each other's journal, kind of like a cross world email.
So Clarissa sets off on a trip, guided by Rihanna and Rihanna sets off on her trip, guided by Clarissa.
Sounds complicated, it's not. T
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Dionne Griffiths
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent, very cleverly written! I hope your on with the next Mr Staniforth!
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I’ve been inventing stories as far back as I can remember (mostly to keep me out of trouble), but began writing seriously after finishing an English studies BA as a mature student. My writing is influenced by so many things: a love of reading all genres; films; music; raising my two daughters; hill walking; and much, much more. I tend to take all I know, throw it into a setting and see what comes ...more