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Misfortunism (Misfortunism Series Book 1)

4.73  ·  Rating details ·  22 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Misfortunism: Misery made into magic is the gift of bending reality to one’s wishes; the high price of one's suffering.

William, a university student at Graham, is unknowingly a powerful Misfortunist whose magic begins to take on its own personality. Unaware of his abilities, William struggles with what he believes to be his failing sanity. All the while, students are mys
Kindle Edition, 81 pages
Published April 22nd 2019 by Sera Blue
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Siân Ferguson
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mental illnesses sometimes make you feel like you're living in this space between magic and madness, and Misfortunism explores that space beautifully. The concept is really fascinating. Also, it's very pleasing to see Grahamstown/Makanda in the book and consider the town and Rhodes University as a site of magic. My only qualm is that I wish the book were longer! I'll definitely be buying the next book in this series. ...more
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book started slowly and read like a surreal dream that mirrors the struggles of those battling with mental illness. But then it goes even deeper than that and you meet Holey and his mission is so well-intentioned but completely misplaced. And everything that's got a dreamy feel suddenly forges together in a brilliant magical ending that makes you need more. Can't wait for the second book! ...more
Gina-Rae Proxy
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Misfortunism feels uncomfortably personal. It's a diary wrapped in a fiction mask. It made me worry about the author. It is exquisitely written, peeling back layers of William's sanity to reveal the raw nerve endings underneath.
Misfortuinism feels like a purging. A cathartic decompression of trauma and the beginning of healing. The antagonist and the main plot felt secondary to this purpose but I have been allowed early access to the incomplete sequel and the first book is integral to understand
Ashleigh Hattingh
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful and insightful look into the world of mental illness in a way that illustrates the strengths of those that suffer from it. An empowering read.
Ilse Rensburg
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Highly creative, exciting and fresh! A book I'd enjoy reading over and over again. ...more
Nikita Boshoff
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I love the concept of this book! The whole "misery made into magic" concept really drew me in.

My favourite part of the book was the prose. It was beautifully written. I enjoyed the meandering descriptions, metaphors and imagery. There was no time wasted on bland descriptions of places or people. This approach worked as it left time to focus on what William was going through (which was also well written).

"The mind is where Heaven and Earth meet," he continues, raising a hand out of the shado
Kelan Gerriety
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book touched on all the mental health troubles that I believe most people have experienced at least some variation of and turns it into pure magic. Feeling like your troubles are actually a gift that you haven't unlocked yet is both powerful and exciting. The ending promises epic things from this series and I'm excited to read more! ...more
Mar 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Bill doesn't just write, no, he weaves words into an tapestry of imagery that feeds the hunger of my soul.
As someone who suffers from anxiety this book resonated with me in a lot of ways. I can't wait to get my hands on the next one!
Mike Alan
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The concept was so unique, magic coming from mental disorders! Set in South Africa, very interesting.
Bradley Gibb
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Any time mental health is fused with magic, you're in for a ride. Started slow, ended epically. ...more
Chrissi Preuss
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bill Masuku is a literary artisan. His writing style is flawless and exquisite and I found myself so effortlessly diving into this book. He’s created such an incredible world to escape so easily into. I couldn’t put it down! What a rare and wonderful treat to have a fantasy series set in your hometown. I can’t wait to start the second book!
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bill writes so beautifully. A poet telling a story surrounding mental health is such an out-of-character read for me, but I was enchanted by his prose and mystical writing style.
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