Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Seelenmord by Miles Watson - Book Review


For three thousand years, the Freefolk have lived in harmony with the land and with their gods, sewing and reaping, hunting and gathering, living and dying by codes as old as time. Then, one day a stranger arrives -- weaponless, starving, exhausted, but carrying with him the power of a single idea. And now, in a land that has never known change, nothing will ever be the same.

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My Review
Seelenmord was one of those books that I wasn't quite sure about, but it sounded intriguing enough, so I decided to give it a go. It's a very short story, one I finished in a couple of hours (after having to let real life interfere a couple of times while reading). After finishing, though, I needed to take a few days (okay, more like 10) to really process it all and gather my thoughts before I could leave this review. I'm still a little unsure about the overall story, but I did like it. It was a bit different. A bit strange. Definitely metaphorical. There's a message buried within, and it's up to the reader to find it and take it as they will. Also, that cover makes me think about the movie Sinister (mainly the first film Ethan Hawke's character watches), although it's actually relevant to the story (the cover, not the movie). What a strange, haunting, mildly depressing story this was.
4 stars.

About the Author
Miles Watson was born in Evanston, Illinois. The son of a prominent Chicago journalist, he took an early interest in writing and published his first short story at 17. He holds undergraduate degrees in Criminal Justice and History and served as a law enforcement officer for nearly ten years before moving to Los Angeles, where he worked on television shows like HEROES, CSI: NEW YORK, TRUE BLOOD, THE WALKING DEAD and THE ORVILLE. In 2012 he graduated from Seton Hill University with an Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction, and was the recipient of that program's first-ever Endowed Scholarship. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed CAGE LIFE series of novels, whose first volume was recently named Zealot Script's Best Indie Book of 2016, and won the 2018 Best Indie Book Award in the category of Mystery/Suspense. The sequel, KNUCKLE DOWN, was given an Honorable Mention in the Writer's Digest Awards for Genre Fiction and won the Best Indie Book Award for Suspense in 2019. His short story collection, DEVILS YOU KNOW, is an Eric Hoffer Award Finalist for 2019. "The Numbers Game," his WW2 novella, won the Pinnacle Achievement Award, as did his novelette "Nosferatu." SINNER'S CROSS, his third novel, took the Best Indie Book Award for Historical Fiction, the Literary Titan Gold Medal and the Book Excellence Award. It was also named a Finalist in the Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards.

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