A Wonderful Review of Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society, Book 1

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I want to thank Robbie Cheadle for this wonderful review of Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society, Book 1 by Charles F. French. Please take a visit to her site: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/
“Maledicus is the right hand man to Caligula, Emperor of the Roman Empire, and they are equally despicable, inhumane and outright evil. Maledicus has plans, great plans, whereby he will ascend to the top position of Emperor but he underestimates the incumbent, Caligula, and his many eyes and ears. Maledicus never achieves his aspirations and is dispatched to the afterlife in an unpleasant and painful way.

In the non world between Heaven and Hell, Maledicus lurks. He is not reconciled to his unnatural death and believes his chance to aspire to greatness will come. He sets about manipulating events and circumstances to achieve his ultimate goals of greatness.

Meanwhile, time has moved on and in the 21st century, three elderly and retired men, Roosevelt, Sam and Jeremy, have formed a ghost-investigating group, with the occasional help and support from Roosevelt’s nephew, ex-US Marine, Patrick. They have all suffered personal losses and this is a great way for them to keep themselves mental and physically active and to indulge in an interest in ghosts and the supernatural. When their Investigative Paranormal Society (“IPS”) gets its first really legitimate case, they find themselves up against an on-going evil that refuses to die. Can the IPS go up against an ancient and expanding evil and expect anything other than untimely deaths?

I enjoyed the characters of Roosevelt, Sam, Jeremy and Patrick and learning about their individual losses and life experiences, all of which weave together into the fabric of this well planned story.

The idea behind this book is fresh and clever and the ending was superb. I was really impressed by the author’s unique and thrilling ending.”

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Who Are Some of Your Favorite Painters?

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I have been creating a series of posts about favorite writers in a variety of categories, and I wanted to expand to considering other art forms. With this idea in mind, I want to consider favorite painters.  I have loved and studied art history as an interest throughout my life, so I want to explore what painters others like.

For this post, I will include

Leonardo da Vinci

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Claude Monet

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and

Vincent Van Gogh

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I ask all of you: who are some of your favorite painters?

 

Another Review of Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society Book 1 by Charles F. French

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I am honored to be able to post this review of my horror novel Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society Book 1 by Charles F. French.

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Maledicus follows the plot of a horror story, which is the first horror novel I have ever read. This being said, I had low expectations since I have never truly been one to want to read a book focused around horror, or even mystery. However, contrary to my mindset prior to reading the novel, I found this book hard to put down since the story was captivating and the characters were intriguing. The characters were specifically fun to read about since they were relatable. One character I particularly enjoyed was Roosevelt, even with the age difference since I am 18 years old in comparison. Also, the author utilized a casual tone and adolescent-like language in the dialogue of the novel, creating almost a comedic undertone that I thoroughly enjoyed. Another aspect that I touched upon in my earlier reviews was the use of description and scene-setting. This was particularly interesting to me because the description added an element of fear and anticipation that I have not experienced in a novel before Maledicus. On top of this, I found that the descriptions of the settings were especially important to the overall tone of the story. The descriptions allowed for clear developments of images in my head, which articulated the author’s image very effectively. The outline and overall structure of the book were also very intriguing since it had a pace that was easy to digest the information, but also maintains the reader s attention. The outline also had smooth transitions between the different storylines, from Maledicus to Roosevelt, and locations, from Rome to Pennsylvania. Therefore, this element maintained a clear story, but also kept a pace that did not muddy the fun and anticipation of the book. After reading Maledicus, I am upset that I did not delve into the world of supernatural novels until now. However, this provides me with a new genre to delve into and learn about.

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Gallows Hill can be found here in ebook.

Gallows Hill in paperback can be found here.

An interview about Gallows Hill can be found here.

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Please follow the following links to find my novel:

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The book trailer:

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My radio interview:

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Quotations on Characters

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“Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.”

                                                                          Ray Bradbury

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“When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.”

                                                                        Ernest Hemingway

 

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“It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper and pencil trying to keep up long enough to put down what he says and does.”

                                                                       William Faulkner

Magic In Books — Quotations

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“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

                                                                 Stephen King

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“I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.”

                                                                 J. K. Rowling

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“The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us.”

                                                                Ray Bradbury

Quotations on Censorship — Revisited

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“Censorship is to art as lynching is to justice.”

                                                                   Henry Louis Gates Jr.

 

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“Don’t join the book burners. Don’t think you’re going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don’t be afraid to go in your library and read every book…”

Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

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“Having the freedom to read and the freedom to choose is one of the best gifts my parents ever gave me.”

                                                                    Judy Blume

What Are Some Of Your Favorite Children’s Books?

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Continuing this series on favorites authors and books, I thought it would be fun to compile a list of beloved children’s books.

Without further ado (with apologies to Shakespeare), here are my three offerings:

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Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. Published in 1883, this tale of adventure and pirates is not only a wonderful read, but also it is an excellent book to draw in reluctant readers.

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Next on my list is The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Unlike his adult British mythology–The Lord Of The Rings, The Hobbit is a lovely adventure story that was aimed at children. It is an excellent introduction to the world of fantasy.

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Last on my list, which I am sure is highly incomplete, is The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Winner of the Newberry Medal for best children’s books, this tale deals with a young orphaned boy who is raised by the ghosts and other otherworldly creatures in a cemetery. It is delightful!

So, I ask all of you: what are some of your favorite children’s books?