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4.37  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  54 reviews
No one knew it at the time, but April 19, 2011, was the most important day in the history of the world.

After his only friend and colleague, John Manta, disappears without a word, Dave Randall further entrenches himself in the humdrum life of an unenthusiastic lawyer. But once he begins to understand what happened, he embarks on a journey to uncover the deeper meanings and
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Published May 14th 2020 by Black Rose Writing
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Valliya Rennell
4.25 stars
**Many thanks to BookSirens, Daniel Maunz, and Black Rose Writing for this free copy in exchange for an honest review**

This book has everything that I like about contemporary fiction. As a person who rarely reads it, just because it is hard for me to get recommendations that fit my taste, I decided to try and pick this genre up a bit more. I was not disappointed by choosing to read Questions of Perspective. Dave's friend John became God. It happened inexplicably. After sharing a glimps
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the spoiler free review of Questions of Perspective, to be released May 14th, 2020. If you would like to read the spoiler full review and synopsis please visit

Thank you so much to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in order to be able to provide an honest review.

Questions of Perspective is an impressive debut novel from Daniel Maunz that deals with all the biggest questions in life. Is there a god? Is god good? What is the meanin
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Rachel's Random Resources for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Questions Of Perspective
By: Daniel Maunz

As an undergraduate, I was required to take a philosophy class. I hated it for the first few weeks, then, one Friday morning some caveat or other caught my attention in the book or from the teacher. See, I was sick, recently diagnosed, and avoiding what that meant for me. One little quip from some long dead philoso
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
This was oddly a book I needed to read. There are some books that do that, that show up at a time when you’re dealing with something and it just answers questions for you that you’re not quite sure how to ask. This book was that for me. Some of the quotes I pulled out make it sound like a self-help book (I detest those) but it’s really not. This book makes you think. It has you literally questioning your perspective and others’ as well. It has you doubting (that’s life!) but it also leaves you … ...more
Eva K (journeyofthepages)
Questions of Perspective by Daniel Maunz is a thought provoking and engaging novel about the existence and purpose of God. Is there a God? Who is God? What is God’s purpose? Should God interfere with man’s free will?

This is a story about the existential journey of your seemingly average guy. Black Rose Writing, the publisher, describes this book as ‘paranormal fantasy.’ I didn’t know this when I started reading and it didn’t become apparent to me that this wasn’t your typical contemporary novel
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This review first published on Oh Just Books.

Although classified as a paranormal fantasy, I personally am unable to categorize this book at all. It covers spirituality, law, psychology, theology, the question of free will, the seemingly random occurrences that affect humanity, and so much more. It spans so far and wide, and does so beautifully.

Once in a while, a book comes into my life that I feel like a better person for having read it. As a book blogger, I get the chance to discover so many ne
Shelley Parr
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway, but that does not affect my review.

I had intended on reading a different book, but since the author signed it and enclosed a note I felt compelled to give it a go. I had no expectations. I was just hoping it was a book I would finish and not abandon. I set my expectations way too low. I love this book! It is one I will read more than once.

I won't give away any details. Immediately I felt a connecting with the two main characters. I should say three,
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was exactly the type of book I needed now, during a global pandemic where I'm making huge life choices in uncertain times. Questions of Perspective by Daniel Maunz couldn't have come at a better time. This book explores a lot of big concepts, but in a way that is so relatable and human that they aren't intimidating. Author Daniel Maunz could have made his book a heavy read, but instead it bounces along until the last few addictive chapters.

Questions of Perspective follows Dave, a lawyer who
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It was April 19, 2011. It would be the day an apathetic lawyer changes his fate to one of free will. Daniel Mauraz takes us on the journey of Dave Randall whos life has been a result of unpurposeful choices. When a friend reappears after being missing for a year, the entire universe unfolds before him. It is then that Dave can no longer continue to exist in his current life and starts on a quest. This beautiful narrative unfolds like a character study and encompasses themes of faith, love, freed ...more
Hayley (Backpacking Bookworm)
The thing I love about reading is when you go into a book with no expectations and it blows you out of the water.

Questions of Perspective did exactly that.

The whole grey area surrounding this book's theme had me feeling a little intimidated. Paranormal fantasy isn't exactly my go-to genre. But this book is so much more than that; it's actually impossible to categorise into any kind of box. It is unique in its own way and there are very few books you can say that about these days.

For me, this boo
Adrienne Barrios
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm a bit biased--I edited Questions of Perspective! And of course every editor feels proud of his or her work; that's a given. But this one's different.

Often, editing is a struggle, even though I love it. It exercises a different muscle of the brain than simply reading for pleasure; I work full time and have my own creative pursuits, so sometimes editing can feel like an added chore. But not with Questions of Perspective. Not for one second.

When Dan reached out to me, I considered his manuscri
Lu (my_readinghabit)
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's been a long time since I read a fiction book like this one.

Things I loved about this book:
-It was so easy to read.
-The plot was surprisingly refreshing
-It truly moved me. ( I laughed and cried)
-I didn't want it to end, however the ending could not have been any better.
-The characters were relatable and felt like long-time friends. (Specially Peaches)

I have the feeling I needed to read this at this very precise momet.
Lis Carey
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: f-sf, fiction, arcs, mystery
Dave Randall is a fairly successful, ethical, but unenthusiastic lawyer when his one real friend in the New York firm, fellow lawyer John Manta, disappears.

Completely disappears. No notes, credit card usage, or messages to Dave or to his landlord. He left his phone, wallet, and keys behind. Also, a cat named Peaches. Dave takes custody of Peaches, tells the police what little he knows when everyone is finally convinced John didn't just take off for an unscheduled long weekend.

But John is gone, n
Jane Hunt
Entertainment and escapism mix with philosophical questions that most of us consider at some time. Belief, faith love and self-realisation are explored in this story. The multi-layered plot is part fantasy and part literary fiction with a liberal amount of humour.

Relatable characters keep the story moving forward. The cat is a vital companion for Dave on his journey of self-discovery. The motivational ethos makes this an uplifting read that has something of interest for most of us.

I received a c
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Questions of Perspectives is not the book to sit down with when you are wanting a quick read you can fly through. It's the book you read when you want to sit down, take your time and slowly make your way through a journey. I'm not a fan of slow paced books, but this is one I couldn't help but enjoy from the first page to the last.

Dave Randall is an unfulfilled lawyer just going through the motions of life. One day his only friend, John Manta, disappears without a trace. When Dave finally discov
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, english
This one was hard to pin down and put into any one drawer.

It’s not, actually, Fantasy. There are some larger-than-life aspects, however, these happen on a spiritual rather than a supernatural plane.

It’s not, despite the blurb, a Road Trip. The protagonist and his cat do go in search for their friend, their trip, though, is short, to a purpose and follows a well-trodden path.

It’s also not, I’m happy and relieved to say, a preachy, goody-goody, having-all-the answers, tale, although it asks some p
Agata Rozpedek
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
David and John both work in a mediocre Law firm in Long Island. One day John fails to show up to work, David knows it’s out of character but refuses to worry. After a few days of John absence in the office David checks on him at John’s home but all he finds is Peaches, Johns cat but no trace of his friend. David adopts Peaches and they both start their life changing adventure by trying to find out what happened to John.

I wasn’t really sure about this book at first but then stayed up to 3 am to
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is beautiful and brilliant and will stay with you long after you turn the last page. Buy it immediately, then buy a copy for a friend.
Amanda Bedingfield
Disclaimer: I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
This book is all about being a good person and true to your morals. It is about a God, but really isn’t religious. If anything, it simply lays out what religion is intended to be about, treating each other with kindness and understanding. It was quite moving. On top of that broad theme that I believe is so pure and wonderful, there’s such endearing characters. So many genuinely good people are litter
Marie (IfCatsCouldRead)
Questions of Perspective by Daniel Maunz
“No one knew it at the time, but April 19, 2011, was the more important day in the history of the world.”
Dave is plodding along through life and meets John at his new job as a lawyer. John is “different” and even though they don’t do much together, they are friends. One day John doesn’t show up at work and no one knows where to find him so everyone assumes Dave can find out. Once John disappears, Dave takes in his cat, Peaches who turns out to be one of my
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was able to get an early copy of this book by buying directly from the publisher. Dave and John are two of the youngest lawyers at a mid-sized law firm. Their personalities bring them together as friends, but keep them at odds with the rest of their colleagues. While both are very talented lawyers, they are too introverted to mix in socially with the rest of the firm. One day John doesn't show up for work, and since that is so out of character for John, Dave is sent to John's home to find him. ...more
Amber Gibson
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Most unique book I have read this year.. yep! In the beginning of Questions of Perspective I immediately connected with Dave when he realized he doesn’t know what direction he wants to go in life. We see him as a lawyer who realizes he wants a more fulfilling career but doesn’t know what that looks like or how to find it. Haven’t we all been there?!

As Dave’s story progresses and we see him contemplate what life really means, along with his cat Peaches, I found myself thinking about how we are al
Rosario A.
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Daniel Maunz's "Questions of Perspective" is a mesmerizing, haunting cosmological roller-coaster of a novel. Yet it's a deeply human tale, too. Imagine remonstrating with a deity who was once your best friend. God may not play dice with the universe, but even He has issues. And Dave Randall---with an assist from Peaches the cat---discovers his own purpose while questioning the Almighty's raison d'être.
The author deftly dovetails comedy and tragedy in spinning a yarn of page-turning enjoyment. Da
Jun 21, 2020 marked it as to-read
This is really well done. It is a unique tale that defies genre, and includes well-formed characters and some humor. It can be a little deep and a "thinkers" book for some. Given the premise it have gone all kinds of wrong, but the author masterfully crafted an excellent mix of story, individuals, and questions about life. Highly recommended.

I really appreciate the review copy!!
Alan Braswell
May 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
The rhythm first-person narrative is one of confusing. Starting with the long prologue which doesn't make sense to the rest of the story. Preceding chapters constitutes a hodgepodge of jumping back and forth in the timeline. At one point the main character David Randall states that a John Montes is missing. Later David Randall finds John Montes in the copy room than later David Randall goes to John Montes apartment because John hasn't showed up for work for two days. The story goes on like this ...more
Starr ❇✌❇
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: got-an-arc, reviewed
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

Dave Randall, through a series of vague ideas and noncommittal actions, finds himself a lawyer with no real interest in being one, surrounded by cold-hearted people, and a lack of meaning. And then, his coworker and only friend, John, disappears without even a call. A year later, Dave is exactly where he was before, but John, reappearing on the sidewalk, seems completely different. In fact, he's not even huma
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Firstly, the cover is so pretty and colourful!

Secondly, this novels plot grabbed my attention so I would like to thank Daniel the author for the advanced readers copy. I began reading this before it was officially published.

Now onto the review, this novel begins with the whole present and past tense. We are introduced to the main character Dave’s day during April 19th 2011. The day this novel focuses on. Then we are taken back in time to when Dave and John
Michelle Ryles
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-read
Once in a while a book comes along that could change your life and Questions of Perspective will certainly do just that. Everyone who reads it will take something away with them and it will be different for every single person. Even though it is fiction, and a brilliant story at that, it inadvertently comes with the added benefit of being something of a self-help or self-reflection book.

With aspirations to join the FBI, Dave studied law at university and finds himself working at a law firm in Ne
May 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
Questions of perspective by Daniel Maunz

"nothing is worth doing if you have to give up even a fraction of your soul in the progress"

This is a contemporary coming of age story about Dave Randal. He works at a law firm. He doesn't like his job, he does not appreciate small talk and he doesn't like his colleagues except for 1: John Manta. They become friends. One day John doesn't show up at work. Dave visits his appartement only to find all his belongings there and a cat (peaches, it is adorable) D
Lisa Albright
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is truly amazing and pulled me in at the prologue. Daniel's writing style is witty, immersive, and captivating. I will read anything he ever writes because I love how he writes. His choice of subject matter in this book is fascinating.
Dave's life journey starts when his friend John disappears and the questions that arise just keep coming. I love that Daniel keeps exploring and moving forward asking the big questions and never settling for little answers. There are so many amazing quote
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