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In 1890, a remote mountain castle in eastern Europe is host to two conflicting realities. In one reality, a Police Inspector and a lunatic approach a crime scene from opposing ends. In the other, a bat has succumbed to delusions of grandeur and plans a life beyond the bounds of his supernatural world. When the bat claims the abandoned mountain castle for himself, he sets t ...more
Paperback, 364 pages
Published January 1st 2018 by Independently published
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Leonard Tillerman
What do you get when you mix an Inspector, a lunatic and a bat (yes…a bat) together?  Give up?  You get one heck of an awesome story- that’s what!  Author M.N. Seeley has penned a unique and excellent piece of literary fiction with his book, A Flicker of Shadows.  If you enjoy being transported back in time to a land of intriguing suspense and contrasting realities, then this book is just what you are looking for.

As always, I will attempt to give an appropriate summation of the book without actu
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David Kopf
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A note: you’re going to think I’m laying it on thick. I’m not.

I’ve been eagerly waiting for a free moment when I could review M.N. Seeley’s “A Flicker of Shadows,” because I l-o-v-e *LOVE* this book. Why? Because of the evident tender loving care that went into writing it. There are books that entertain. There are books that beguile with artful use of language. There are books that tell unique stories in unique ways. And, once in a rare while, there are books that do all three. “A Flicker of Sha
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Micah Thomas
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Flicker of Shadows is a must read. After all, Seeley’s writing is crisp, fluid, and highly readable. The pages are chock-full of incredibly original ideas and content, like this memorable turn of phrase, “Knowledge is a partner of age, though sometimes it can equally be thought of as an accomplice in the theft of youth.” Just look at that. Seeley has a real knack for embedding truths, almost casually, on every page with the timing to really knock you off your feet.

A Flicker of Shadows is a di
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Alison Haines
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First things first, this book is NOT my typical genre, but it’s a self-published book with an intriguing plot. As you may know, one of my goals this year is to support more self-published authors by reading more indie! This book is a literary suspense, heavy on the literary style! It has psychological mystery elements, making it appealing to many readers of the literary genre. The writing is beautiful, and it’s a slow-burn style; quite a long read.


At first, I was unsure about reading a book writ
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Mrs. Y
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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No one likes it when their things are moved or altered. Few people tolerate it when things do not go their way. Well today my friends, we are treated with a book review that not only covers those aspects but also involves a pig, a house and insanity. I’m sure you want to know more! Be kind to the pig, try not to kick out the real estate agent, and whatever you do, please be nice to the doctor. It’s time for a review of “A Flicker of Shadows” by M.N Seely.


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Cassondra Windwalker
There's much more to this weirdly original epistolary tale than folklore and horror, although Seeley does an excellent job of weaving bits and pieces of the stories we all know into something entirely his own. Told through the wildly divergent but entirely sincere perspectives of three characters, Flicker of Shadows is an exploration of to what extent we are all at the mercy of our own flawed perceptions. Three distinct voices intersect in a single story, to which the reader must carefully atten ...more
Birgitta Hjalmarson
A bat with a conscience? Don't let that hold you back.
If there was ever a time to suspend your disbelief, it's now. Just savor passages like this: "There is a pause before I silently slip backwards into the witching dusk; the fringes of my body lashing as though aflame with a black fire." Or how about this? "The cobblestone streets and alleyways radiate from a central town square; jagged and irregular like burst blood vessels in an eye."
I dare anyone to read those lines and not want to fly.
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Lisa De Castro
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
M.N. Seeley's A Flicker of Shadows is a suspenseful, humorous story that takes the reader on a journey into the bright windows and dark crevices of one's mind. The plot unfolds through the journals of a bat, and an inspector, and the psychoanalytic transcripts of sessions between a doctor and a lunatic. Seeley's writing, like the story itself, is both light and dark in its delivery. He leads the reader to question what they see in the visual landscapes provided. Mr. Seeley gives the reader a lit ...more
Paul Blake
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Flicker of Shadows is a delightful read. From the opening chapters told from the perspective of my favourite character Morton the bat, to the letters from Inspektor Murnau to his sister, and the doctor/patient notes of Onno. Each with their unique voices and character. The story is revealed, built upon layers, until the exciting and intense conclusion. There are plenty of humorous touches sprinkled in the story which nicely break up the building tension.
The book is reasonably long, although o
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Polka
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book gives the reader a connection to each of the characters, making you care about them and then feel for them as incidents occur. It is such a great read. The story and characters linger with you even after you are done reading.
M.N. Seeley
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Well ... I wrote it. I guess you could say I'm a fan. ...more
Kim
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is a great read. Keeps you in suspense with amazing plot. very well written. Highly recommend this. A great read for now before Halloween.
He has a new book Curdogs on kindle which will also keep you reading. I couldn’t put it down!
Rin Hoshigumo
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It’s an odd tale of separate realities with some downright brutal bits. By the end, reality may have been upended.
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M.N. Seeley, is a former Illustrator now working as a professional Art Director, Copywriter, Commercial Artist and Marketing Brand Consultant all rolled into one (www.theseeleyagency.ca). But, what does this have to do with writing? Everything, if you ask him, because he believes storytelling is at the core of every successful creative endeavour. To him, the creative process never changes; only th ...more

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