Balcony of Fog
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We recently launched a book promotion to introduce avid fiction readers to the work of our author, Rich Shapero. Like many small independe…moreDear Reader,
We recently launched a book promotion to introduce avid fiction readers to the work of our author, Rich Shapero. Like many small independent publishing houses during Covid-19, we have had to find new distribution outlets for our catalog. Unfortunately, our efforts went awry and for this we sincerely apologize:
Some of you entered a promotional contest to win an iPad and received a well-intentioned copy of Rich’s recent novel, Balcony of Fog; we may not have made it clear enough that you would receive the book on entering. Some of you had others enter the contest on your behalf, using your address, possibly without informing you. Additionally, due to a systems glitch, our fulfillment house mailed out multiple copies of the novel to the same address.
We sincerely apologize for any confusion or inconvenience these errors in our promotional efforts may have caused you. Again, this is TooFar Media’s fault and responsibility—not our Author’s, and certainly not yours.
We want to assure you that we do not retain any addresses or private information gained via this or any of our other promotions. We never have and never will sell any of your information to any third-party marketers. TooFar Media is simply a small group of readers doing our best to serve other readers by publishing great literature.
We hope you will accept our heartfelt apology. Please feel free to contact us directly at email@example.com.
Thank you, and be well.
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…how many stories like theirs, Arden thought.I am no angel. I can be bought. I guess that is how this review came to be. I spotted an ad in my daily feed of Literary Hub. The come-on was a chance to win an iPad. In return for filling out a form to enter, the sponsor would send a copy of a book that sounded, at least, readable. Sometime later the book arrived at my doorstep. Sadly, it was not accompanied b ...more
People who escaped to the sky with high hopes, lived a short life there and disappeared.
On page three, he faces some kind of confrontation with a man. I do not understand their relationship or what really happened there. It was unclear and lacked a couple of sentences to make it easier to connect certain actions.
On page 10, he meets a woman who, as a male writer, is of course naked and "beautiful" even though there is a lack of why ...more
I just wanted to write this real quick to maybe clear the air. Obviously I can’t speak for everyone but maybe some of these people who are questioning where it came from might have an ‘oh yeah’ moment? I was pretty surprised when I saw the reviews on this book that I had just received in the mail and obviously disappointed in. Now I personally am NOT confused as to where the book came from... But ...more
Is it worth telling , or hinting, you'd maybe like to read this? Nah....not worth your time!
So go grab a good cup of java juice (or tea) get another ...more
Unfortunately the central love affair is arbitrary and deeply unconvincing, the science-fiction setting at the start is po ...more
I'm just laughing at all of the 1-star reviews from idiots who don't read the giveaway that they are entering!! They see "WIN AN iPAD" and then enter their address and email address. Book Riot has been putting on an iPad giveaway for a few months now and EVERY entry wins you a free book. EVERY ENTRY. I just entered a 4th time. I have not won an iPad yet but I want to so I will keep entering (the giveaway ends and they put on another one, it's not multiple entri ...more
This book was...weird? I have no problem with the genre, but the subject matter almost didn't make sense at times. All the characters had the exact same voice to the point of almost not being able to tell who is speaking at times. I couldn't finish this book because I had zero interest in the characters. I didn't care about them at all. Its rare enough for me to dnf that I was quite disappointed. I can't rate something I couldn't even get through higher than one star.
I felt the author ...more
This was a beautifully written story, but it was all flash and no substance really.
The imagery was gorgeous, I loved the descriptions of the cloud realm and the cloud ships. It was magical and breathtaking. I would have loved to see that world actually explored.
But the plot.... It is clearly an allegory for life and chock full of symbolic meaning. But that's all. I didn't really get invested in the story once they reached the clo ...more
by the way, he's a millionare who started his own publishing company so he could actually publish his books (what other publishing house would take them?), and he hands them out on college campuses for free because he's so desperate for people to read them.
a short list of the worst things i discovered while reading because yes, i unfortunately read the entire tra ...more
Unlike most of the reviewers, I did finish the book in its entirety, but it certainly did not help me understand.....anything really about this book. There is one review on here that was obviously written by the author, and honestly it explained the book better than the book itself.
Now, if you love bad books, this one is perfect for you. All of the author's attempts to be serious or meaningful had me laughing because of how bad it was. I'm kinda upset I didn't get 3 copies o ...more
Perhaps I wasn't in the right frame of mind but no matter how hard I tried I wasn't able to connect with the characters or the story. Maybe I'll come back to it in the future but as of today I didn't enjoy it....more
Balcony of Fog Arden, a peon in a dystopian future America(?) is planning his escape when he meets Estra a mysterious (naked) woman who appeared out of the fog. They escape into the wilderness and then somehow journey to the cloud realm. There they seek to start a new life together until Estra's past catches up with them.
Thankfully this book was short, but I spent almost the whole of it wondering what was actually happeni ...more
The first few pages were already confusing, with some action taking place up in the air that leaves the protagonist, Arden, injured. Then there's some attempt at world-building in this post-apocalyptic America (and I only knew it was America from the inside of the jacket), with what seemed like a promising setup with people separated into nine levels according to class and gender. But then there's a sudden romance between Arden and ...more
Rich creates visionary landscapes a ...more