Thursday, June 20, 2013

Crystal Balls - Book Review

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Crystal Balls is called a novel, but at 109 pages, it's really more of a novella. The story follows a variety of characters over the course of just a few days. Four male friends discover that one of them is psychic, a discovery that causes two of the guys to seek spiritual guidance (from two totally different sources), while the third guy, Roger, just wants to use his psychic friend's abilities to win big at the casino. Also part of the story is a 50-something fake psychic named Anya who learns that she really is psychic and can speak to her dead husband, a coffee shop waitress who has a crush on Roger (and he on her), a war veteran who used to work with psychics during Vietnam, a Scottish priest/janitor, and a crazy homeless man who might not be so crazy.  Everybody eventually ends up at a casino, a meeting that changes the thread of life for some.

I liked how the authors made references to things that seemed small, but then those references would pop up  elsewhere in the story under a different circumstance, and you're like, "Ha! There it is again!"

The main author, Bill Rogers, is a journalist, and you can definitely tell. Crystal Balls was very well-written! That's actually the first thing I thought when I started reading the book: "This guy is a good writer!"

The story is humorous and very fast-paced. I finished the book in one day! Apparently, it was originally written as a screenplay 10 years ago, and I can totally see it as a short film as written. It would probably also make a silly comedy movie if the story was fleshed out more.

Crystal Balls is available to purchase now. It is published by iUniverse. I received a free review copy for my honest review.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! This seems to be very interesting. The story is absolutely fantastic. I think this is a great novella. Hope to grab one so soon. Thanks for sharing.