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Winter Masquerade

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  15 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Ferris wakes on the Sea Queen, an enchanted cruise ship sailing on a chocolate sea. He has no idea how he got here, but he desperately wants to go home to his boyfriend.

The alchemist is the only person who can help Ferris, but he’s been kidnapped. The ransom is high tea with scones and jam.

Meanwhile, the passengers are gearing up for the Winter Masquerade, a ball where lov
Published January 20th 2020 by NineStar Press
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Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5+++ Never could I imagine what a tremendous story was hidden behind the title and cover.
I was flabbergasted, looking around the scenery I was just stunned.
Try to imagine a big cruise ship sailing on a chocolate ocean with a white-chocolate dolphin and a bright rainbow in the sky.
That’s exactly the place where Ferris landed from... he doesn’t know or remember.
It was a surrealistic world, a bit chaotic, all those different impressions and creatures. Ferris and my head swirled.

Ferris wants to go h
Danielle  Gypsy Soul
Not for me. This book had a definite Alice in Wonderland vibe and I was never a big fan of that type of story. It's ridiculously absurd but it's meant to be. I knew very early what all the characters were trying to get ...more
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
There is more to this story than what it seems on the surface.
Review to come
Joyfully Jay
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: camille
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

Based on the official blurb, I was hoping for an absurdist piece I could get lost in and I think Klehr certainly delivers. First, I appreciated the tidy “bookend” scenes with the monks that serve as a sort of bridge between Ferris’ real life and his time on the Sea Queen. For me, having that intermediary stage between the two worlds helped me accept the seeming folderol aboard the Sea Queen. Another crucial element that held the fantasy world aboard the Sea Queen
Nothing good can come of a Wednesday.

Coincidentally, I am writing this review on a Wednesday. I hope it’s not a sign of things to come.

While this starts off as a wild ride, the end result is a stronger Ferris who realizes he never lost those who care the most for him. When Ferris starts realizing what the fantastical characters at the Winter Masquerade are telling him and trying to make him understand, he seems to come back to his reality with a sense of confidence and stability, a condition he
Roger Hyttinen
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt, fiction-fantasy
Winter Masquerade is an absurdist fiction story that follows a young man named Ferris who awakens on the Sea Queen, a ship that is sailing on a sea of chocolate and which contains passengers with names like Miss Calculation, Miss Communication, Miss Assumption and Miss Represent. He had no idea where he is or how he ended up in this bizarre, surrealistic world; all he wants to do is get home to his boyfriend, Harris. On the ship, he befriends an eclectic group of individuals who agree to help hi ...more
Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it
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Ferris seems to be in an alternate world, that leads to other even more frightening alternate worlds. He meets with a number of strange characters in this world as he makes his way through the days on a ship sailing a chocolate sea filled with chocolate creatures. It’s unclear at first how he has gotten to this ship or why he is here dealing with these strange beings. There is a band of sorts with three very different musicians. There
Feb 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Great if you like absurdist fiction. Alas, I'm not super into absurdism. There is a very Alice in Wonderland vibe that keeps the reader interested but at the same time I wasnt super wowed by the plot itself. I would definitely read this author again, but this story didn't impress me as much as I wanted it to. ...more
Veronica of V's Reads
This fantasy/magical realism story was filled with twists and turns--and breaks with reality. Reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland for adults.

Ferris awakes on the Sea Queen, an ocean liner sailing a chocolate river. He's unsure how he got there, and wonders what's happened to his boyfriend, Harris. He seeks help from the first people he finds, a kindly musical trio made up of Olive, Cole and Scallywag--a child. They urge him to seek help from the Alchemist, but the Alchemist has been kidnapped to
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bb-review
The first thing I have to say about Winter Masquerade is the fact that it is entirely unique. I finished reading it a couple of days ago but I needed time to digest and analyze my thoughts about this story. There are so many layers and within its pages and it deserved the time. I’ve seen several people refer to it as absurdist fiction, but I don’t have any true experience with it. So I’m going to review it as what it meant to me while reading it.

Ferris wakes up in a world that doesn’t make sense
Feb 23, 2020 rated it liked it
I honestly have no idea what a good half of this book was about. The writing was interesting enough to keep me going, but it's very trippy. Fans of Alice in Wonderland would probably enjoy it much more than I did, honestly. It feels like 90% of the book was metaphors I didn't understand, but the characters were fun and it wasn't a chore to read. ...more
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was a fun and engrossing read.
I liked the cast of characters, the world building and the plot that kept me hooked.
It's the first book I read by this author and won't surely be the last.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Such a unique book. The descriptive words used in this book let you vividly picture the characters as well as the setting. The characters (while many) are well developed and bring the story to life.
Books That Burn
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*I received a free review copy in exchange for an honest review of this book.

Winter Masquerade is a bizarre and wonderful fever dream of a story, a magical mystery tale running on dream logic, punctuated by nightmares; speaking slantwise of slowly coming out from gaslighting, falling out of love, perhaps realizing it was never love at all.

It conveys how it feels to slowly realize that everything is wrong, that it's okay to not be okay, and how hard it can be to try and make a change. This runs
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Kevin lives with his husband, Warren, in their humble apartment (affectionately named Sabrina), in Australia’s own ‘Emerald City,’ Sydney.

His tall tales explore unrequited love in the theatre district of the Afterlife, romance between a dreamer and a realist, and a dystopian city addicted to social media.

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