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The Friar's Lantern

(The Friar's Lantern #1)

3.27  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  30 reviews
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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Rebecca McNutt
"Choose Your Own Adventure" books are practically a staple of childhood nostalgia, but one for adults with so much depth and complexity is pretty rare. The Friar's Lantern is a fast-paced but impressive thriller with so many surprising twists and strange occurrences that even the most seasoned suspense readers will be amazed. Part legal thriller, part horror and even with a bit of sci-fi thrown in, this book lets its readers play jury and immerses them directly into a compelling murder trial.

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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
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
Lauren Stoolfire
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, adventure
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
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
Erin *Help I’m Reading and I Can’t Get Up*
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
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
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
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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Matt McAvoy
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Greg Hickey is a wonderfully gifted author, and “The Friar’s Lantern” is extremely articulate and well-written. Add to this that the author is also, evidently, a talented mathematician and sociologist, and you might have some idea of what to expect from this entertaining, engrossing first person role-play challenge. Be warned, though, if you are expecting action, or the excitement of the Fighting Fantasy series, this is not what you will find; in this respect, perhaps the book’s title will fool ...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
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
I have never read a book before where you get to direct the story (my stepson calls it a "create your own adventure" book). Apparently this isn't anything new (except to me) but I really enjoyed being able to choose the next path for the protagonist. I even chose one path and then went back and changed it to see what happened next that was different. I didn't do this often, just a few times to see what would happen and then at the end (but of course there could have been multiple endings based o ...more
Mathew Walls
Apr 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
I was sent a free copy of this book to review. The author's email compared the book to The Player of Games and I was instantly certain that I was about to witness a train wreck, because you've got to be ridiculously confident to compare yourself to Iain M. Banks. But it turned out to be surprisingly reasonable and well-written. Not, I must say, of the same calibre as Banks, but not the work of insane hubris I'd expected.

Having only read it once at this point I'm not really sure it gained anythin
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
Tyler Harris
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
From the beginning of The Friar’s Lantern, I could immediately tell Hickey has honed his craft in writing. The description paints a wonderful image and encapsulates the reader. As I continued to read, the skillful writing continued as well. This choose-your-fate adventure puts the reader in place of an individual who is a subject in a science experiment and a juror in a murder trial, both of which force you to attempt to answer a long-debated question: are our actions planned…or predetermined?

Patrick Stein
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I finished reading this book today. I went to mark it as read on Goodreads. This is the first that I've seen the title since I downloaded the book. I'm a bit at a loss about where the title comes from.

This is a choose-your-own-adventure book. It's been decades since I read one. This is the first in a series. It'll be interesting to see how the different books in the series connect with the ending of each being at least somewhat determined by your choices through the book.

This book... I felt like
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
When the author reached out to me saying he had an adult “choose your own adventure” book he thought I would enjoy, I jumped on it.

I don’t have a ton to say on this other than that, overall, I enjoyed it. It was quick and it was fun.

The thing that I had an issue with in the beginning was the extremely lengthy descriptions, slowing down my pacing a lot Also, I felt when the story was beginning there weren’t as many things to decide on, but towards the end it got more prevalent, and the pacing got
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

What a fun book to read. It's like the Choose Your Own Adventure books for adults. I actually read The Friar's Lantern twice. The first time I made the choices I wanted and the second time I made other choices. Of course, it was the "other choices" that gave me the million dollars.

After reading The Friar's Lantern a couple times, I can see how the author could l
Elaine Moore
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the story of a young woman who volunteers to participate in an experiment in which a functional MRI is used to determine the type of choice she will make one week later. The choice involves choosing boxes that can provide her with sums of money ranging as high as one million dollars. In the meantime she is serving as a juror on a murder trial in which the doctor conducting the experiment is an expert witness.
I received this mobile kindle book to read in exchange for an honest review. I t
Mandy Peterson
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"The Friar's Lantern" by Greg Hickey was everything I hoped it would be and more. He treats the readers like the adults we are but also takes great care to keep with the CYOA tropes we all know and love. I found myself going back, just as I did with the books as a child, to certain decisions and going the other direction to see what would have befallen my character. I was pleased with my fantastic original decision that lead to my character winning a million dollars. Within this fun format, some ...more
Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest Goodreads review.

I don’t think I’ve read "choose your own adventure" stuff since I was a kid but I liked having the opportunity to do so here! The mysterious scene-setting in the beginning was good. My attention was certainly held at every turn, making me wonder what decision I was going to have to make next. However, the court trial thread and the MRI study thread didn’t support each other in a way that was meaningful
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love interactive fiction, so I was excited to try this new choose-your-own-adventure style novel. The psychological experiment was interesting, and the author's writing was whaling and witty, with clever metaphors and immersive description. The courtroom plot felt well-researched and the two plots together pissed interesting questions about brain function and free will.

When I went back to try other choices, I found that everything was mostly the same, which somewhat destroyed my own illusion
Brad T.
I was asked by the author to read and review this book. I couldn't make it past 10% if the way through it. It's modeled on a pick your own adventure book where you have choices that determine how the story goes. The story is told in the second person perspective which I can't stand. It's awkward. The book is well edited from a punctuation stand point. It's easy to descriptive and relies too heavily on unnecessary adverbs. I just couldn't finish it.
Matt Kelland
Mar 27, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This just didn't work for me at all. There was no tension, no risk, and no real sense of involvement. The premise was interesting - we make decisions far before we are consciously aware of doing so, and science can predict it, so are we actually in control of our lives? - but the plot felt forced and the message was far too belabored.
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.
Jun 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
Several unnecessary outbursts of vulgarity ruined an interesting story
Nina Soden
Jul 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Review coming soon (7/12/19) on my website
May 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-read-2019
I received a free e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Growing up I loved the choose your own adventure genre, as many people my age growing up did.
I recently rediscovered the genre in the form of a Romeo and Juliet choose your own adventure and I absolutely adored it. So, when I was offered a free copy of The Friar’s Lantern, a new adult Choose your own adventure, I quickly said yes and was excited to give this book a go.

As much as I was looking forward to this
Todd Peterson
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Choices... you should choose to read this book. While it may not lead to a straight cash money windfall, it will entertain AND make you think... overall a bargain for your time and money.
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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“These are composed of logic symbols. If you were to read each chapter title in sequence, it would spell out the steps in a logical proof. The letter symbols are explained at the very beginning of the book. The other symbols are logical operators. So for example, the chapter title “S(t2) <—> C(t2)” means both 1) if there is a brain State at time t2, then there is a corresponding Choice made at time t2 (e.g. if you think you prefer chocolate ice cream to vanilla, then you will order chocolate instead of vanilla), and 2) if there is a Choice made at time t2, then there must have been a corresponding brain State at time t2.” - Author Greg Hickey on the symbols in the chapter titles of The Friar’s Lantern” 0 likes
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