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The Friar's Lantern

(The Friar's Lantern #1)

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You may win $1,000,000. You will judge a man of murder.

An eccentric scientist tells you he can read your mind and offers to prove it in a high-stakes wager. A respected college professor exacts impassioned, heat-of-the-moment revenge on his wife’s killer—a week after her death—and you’re on the jury. Take a Turing test with a twist, discover how your future choices might i
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 19th 2017 by Black Rose Writing
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✨Bean's Books✨
Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a very interesting book...
Our main character is producing a study on human decision-making. It starts off with an MRI and then goes forward to telling you that you have to make a decision between three boxes. One of the boxes will have $1,000,000 in it, one of the boxes will have $1,000 in it, and the other box will have nothing. We do not know which box has what. In a week's time the main character must come back and make their decision. During this time the main character has to sit in
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Neck-Breaking Pace. Thriller. Sci-fi.

Translation: I need more of this.

"The straight line, a respectable optical illusion which ruins many a man."

- Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

Here's the thing: You are a subject for a Neuroscience study that's trying to find out how people make decisions. It all seems fun and games, when at first you are asked to choose a box that either contains $1,000,000, $1000 or $0. Next thing you realize is that you are being asked to jury trials and murder cases. Didn't se
Lauren Stoolfire
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adventure, mystery
I received a free ecopy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I loved those choose your own adventure books when I was a kid and that aspect of this book totally drew me to it - it's all I really had to hear from the author about the book to be honest. I hadn't read one in ages, but the nostalgia factor hit me hard. Thinking back on my reading experience now, I think I preferred the concept of the novel a little more than the actual execution of it. A major factor in this is that I wa
I really have to think about this... my brain is too muddled right now. Rtc...

Update: Okay, so I’ve thought about this and honestly there are pluses and minuses to this one. There were a few things that caught my attention that kind of drove me nuts at first. I try so hard not to be bothered by grammatical errors, especially when I think they might have been added for a purpose. For example, there are several run-on sentences in this read. I have decided to let it go even though they do bug me.
Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it
When I was young, I had an addiction to ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ books, to the point where I wrote my own for assignments. It was an addiction that lasted a long time, but a point came where I turned my back on them. With The Friar’s Lantern, I decided to go back and look at an addiction from when I was younger.

From the start, The Friar’s Lantern had me intrigued. From the very first choice, I was curious about how things would play out, curious about how the elements would link together. The
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it
As a kid, I loved the choose your own adventure series of books. My sister and I both devoured each new story and I'm sorry now that I didn't save those books. So, today, when I am introduced to choose your own adventure-type books, I am quick to grab and read them.

In The Friar's Lantern, I am a voluntary participant in a scientific study that begins by completing an MRI. In the course of the scan, I learn that I could potentially win a million dollars in one week's time. In the intervening days
The author reached out with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

This Choose Your Own Adventure has beautiful writing and an interesting premise. I love reading and teaching these types of books, and I love the story here.

I struggle some with the connections between all the different choices/turns, but I enjoyed his writing style and stepping into his imagination as he takes this story to an almost meta place with his main character participating in a study of choices.
Neilie J
Sep 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review. Much as I wanted to like it, I just couldn't. It's meant to be a "choose your own adventure," which I think is cool, but then it's painfully low on either choice or adventure. What it isn't low on is description. For example - this description of hookers at a courthouse:

"--women whose rail-thin ankles sway atop six inch heels, tragicomically supporting cellulite-ridden thighs unhidden by Vegas-length miniskirts, slim but flabby midriffs e
Erin Beall
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to the author for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4 stars to my first ever adult Choose Your Own Adventure!

The format brought a bunch of nostalgia for me; I remember ploughing through these things as a kid with such relish. But replace the childlike fantasies of cliff diving and ghosts with being on the jury for a murder trial and participating in a neurological experiment.

While some parts get a little heavy on science and statistics, the book never
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have always wanted to read a "Choose Your Own Adventure" book and I'm so glad that this book came my way. Thriller, mystery, horror- this was a blend of excitement and suspense. I loved how smooth the story flowed and took me to an amazing adventure ride. I would say it was an interesting read and didn't disappoint as my first from a genre. I look forward to reading more books from the author. ...more
Brian Proffit
May 02, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Gave up wading through desperate adjectives

I have to be honest, after wading through three pages of belabored description without a hint of plot or characters to care about, I realized why Amazon was giving this one away.
Kimberly Laurel (The Trusty Bookmark)
The little laboratory remains as a mere afterthought, its wearied face shrouded by the sallow, emaciated branches of a willow tree. (loc 92)

The first Choose-Your-Own-Adventure (CYOA) book I’ve read in well over a decade, The Friar’s Lantern was a fascinating look at the achievements of technology and whether humans have free will (beyond what their brain has already subconsciously decided). A quick page turner, I found this hard to put down in my efforts to “win” the final prize.

As is characteri
Georgi Nenov
May 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I rarely stumble upon a book that makes a story around your personal perspective on the story that you are reading.

It is not only interesting but also thought-provoking.
Sep 06, 2020 added it
I thought that this was very interesting and Greg Hickey definitely made some choices that I was surprised by which was great. While I enjoyed the story I did find it confusing at times and thought the way that some characters were described was not that great and kind of problematic.
More in-depth RTC.

When I got a request for The Friar's Lantern, I was interested in picking it up as I had only seen choose your own adventure films but not books. I had also wanted to read more science fiction so i
Felice Picano
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you only read for entertainment and an easy time, forget this book. If you don't mind an occasional brain-teaser, a book that makes you think, one that engages some other areas of your mind, or even better, a book that requests that you interact with it, Hickey's book is for you. It was for me. Deftly written, well developed, so carefully laid out that you can read all of it, or parts of it, and still emerge with a full story and reading experience, The Friar's Lantern gives you all kinds of ...more
Alain DeWitt
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
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May 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This is a choose-your-own-adventure type of book. This is pretty heavy on the math, science, and legal terminology. As the main character is taking part of a scientific study and sitting as a juror on a murder case, I did find that parts of the story were a bit repetitive especially since it was so heavy on the science and legal aspects. The author did do a good job making sure those parts were accurate and I do app
Benyakir Horowitz
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I first realized the Friar’s Lantern was a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure, I thought it was a gimmick. And I tried to think of how an author could interact with such a medium to say something. As I read the book, I realized that it pretty much is how I would do exactly that. What I think is the most important is that the ability to choose is part of the message. It reminded me of Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot, which is a pretty large compliment from me.

The story begins with an applied version of Newco
Feb 06, 2020 rated it liked it
[ Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review ]

Rating: 3.5 stars

I found the idea of The Friar's Lantern very exciting, especially since I hadn't found an intriguing enough choose-your-own-adventure book for adults before. Here, the reader becomes the protagonist, and the book, an experience. It turned out to be an extremely clever, fast-paced book, involving its readers in a truly interactive manner that makes them realise (and not just
Jawahir  the Bookworm
Score: 4/5

I would to thank the author for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts expressed are my personal opinion.

I enjoyed this more so than I initially expected! I don't care how old school these "Choose Your Own Adventure" books but I love them. There is something perfectly compelling by choosing the destiny of your character (in this case literally you). I always call them "video games for readers".

Luckily, I already know some basics about psychology and the
Jane Glossil
Thanks to the author for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book is my first from the Choose-your-own-adventure genre. I liked being one of the jurors. I'm also happy to report that my choices led me to win the money. I was a millionaire.

The plot was intriguing, but the delivery fell short for me. First, it had a weak start. A little build-up for anticipation would have made the whole experience of the experiment stronger.

The writing style was technical s
Joey Paul
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I picked this up having enjoyed the choose your own adventure books in the past. I loved the idea of solving a murder and also winning the money, and was happy to settle in and go along for the ride. I loved that the character was likeable, that the choices were easy enough to choose between and even though there were some when I thought I might choose differently, going back and forth, I adored the set up and the read through. Very much an exciting story and one that I would read again. Recomme ...more
Vali's (book)worms
Apr 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received a free ebook copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I have to say this was quite a refreshment to read. It has been a long time since i read a "choose your own story" book 😊
In the beginning i had a problem understanding the terms and words because they were a bit scientific, but it got better.
If you want to have the responsibility of choosing the fate of a man sentenced for murder and be a part of the experiment, this is your book 👍 you can either win a million dollar
Jason Pettus
DID NOT FINISH. Or, I guess technically you could say that I "finished" the book; but the problem here is that it's one of those Choose Your Own Adventure-style books for grown-ups, so it's not really possible to actually "finish" the book from start to end, since the whole point is to skip over sections as you make various decisions about which way the storyline is going to proceed. These types of literary experiments know, they're fine, or at least fine for what they are; but as an a ...more
Mark Reps
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Mark by:
The Friar's Lantern is a fun, well constructed and fast paced novel. If you are the type of reader who enjoys thinking about how you think, view the world in pieces of wonderment, have an open mind, like your novels with topical references (sometimes obscure and sometimes not) and enjoy playing a role in the book you are reading, this book is definitely for you. It was easy to, and I anticipate the author wanted you to, do a little research on your own about topics he pursues in this novel. The ...more
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a trip. I had to close my eyes and think hard just to understand the premise so I could make a choice. This philosophically riffs on the idea of choice, and it bends notions of time and free will, which is a big delivery for a Choose Your Own Adventure.
Marthe Bijman
Jul 04, 2019 rated it liked it
When embarking on Greg Hickey’s novel, The Friar’s Lantern, you would be forgiven for thinking you are about to start on something like Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose, if you just go by the title and the teaser. But it is different from Eco’s novel in every way but one; the fact that Eco’s novel is an intellectual mystery that has famously challenged readers. Hickey’s novel is that too — an intellectual mystery which challenges the reader not only in its plot and themes, but also in its form ...more
Anniken Haga
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
The author of this book reached out to me because of me liking Wolf in White Van and asked if I'd like a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
I said yes.

Now, I've played a few ''choose your own adventure'' books in my time. I love playing RPG and MMO's, so I was really looking forward to reading this book. I will be honest and say I did not read the blurb before accepting the book, and so, because of the tittle and the link to Wolf in White Van, i expected this book to be som
8/26/2019 edited
Note: I received a free copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I read this one twice over, the first time taking my time after realizing just how well reasearched the over all story was so that I understood it before making any actual choices, and the second time hoping for a different outcome than the first to which I'm surprised to say was the same choice as the first. I truly enjoyed this book and I wish I had this in a paperback vs the ebook as I
Marisa Carpico
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
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Greg Hickey was born in Evanston, Illinois in 1985. After graduating from Pomona College in 2008, he played and coached baseball in Sweden and South Africa. He is now a forensic scientist, endurance athlete and award-winning writer. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Lindsay.

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