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The Sun Casts No Shadow by Mark Richardson - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

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I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the THE SUN CASTS NO SHADOW by Mark Richardson Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About the Book:

Title: THE SUN CASTS NO SHADOW

Author: Mark Richardson

Pub. Date: February 9, 2020

Publisher: Whiz Bang

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 178

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&N, Kobo

Wellington Thorneycroft is content picking pockets, taking Ambrosia, screwing prostitutes, and simply surviving in the hellish, walled City. But everything changes when he spots a spectral woman who wordlessly conveys the message: We’ll escape together. Suddenly, Thorneycroft’s life is turned upside down as he’s pulled along a circuitous path to an unknowable freedom: a path marked by violence, sex, and metaphysical dread.

Reviews:

"The Sun Casts No Shadow by Mark Richardson is a dark and twisted tale of a city's underbelly...A fascinating yarn that will captivate readers, The Sun Casts No Shadow easily earns five stars. Richardson has produced an exceptional work that readers will relish and avidly share for years to come."Portland Book Review



"A lowly man searches for a way out of a seemingly inescapable City in the dystopian noir...Richardson coats his short, engaging novel in a gleefully dense atmosphere...A dark, stylish tale that revels in its ambiguity."Kirkus Reviews

 

 MY REVIEW
The Sun Casts No Shadow is a dystopian story that comes across as a bit bleak, mainly because the main character is a bit depressing. But, to be fair, he lives in a crappy world, in a crappy city, and life doesn't seem to be all that worthwhile. Which is why Wellington Thorneycroft (yes, that's his name, and it is pretty great) likes to pick pockets, use ambrosia (ugh, now I want some dessert), and have random sexual encounters with prostitutes. But his life is about to change when he meets the eye of a strange woman who seemingly can help Wellington escape the hellishly dark and gloomy nightmare that is the city he lives in. But should he trust her? Can he trust her? Or is he doomed to suffer through a never-ending mundane life filled with no hope whatsoever?
I thought this book was a little slow to start. Took me a little bit to get into it, but once it got going, it became much more engaging and unique. I usually try to give slower books a chance, but sometimes I'm ready to call it quits within the first 10-15 pages. Thankfully, I didn't do that with The Sun Casts NO Shadow, and I'm so glad I kept reading. There's a slight fantasy element to this one, and there are some intriguing and strange characters scattered throughout. 
The world they live in definitely has a very hopeless vibe to it, but things aren't all bad. There are definite moments of optimism that do shine through, but they are few and far between. 
I liked Wellington, and I thought he was a well-written character. He's morally ambiguous (at least I viewed him that way), but to be fair, no one in the story is really good or bad. They're all just trying to live whatever life they can make for themselves in this depressing world they're stuck in. If Ambrosia and prostitutes make you happy, who are we to judge? 
A dark and gritty story that does get a bit heavy at times, I found The Sun Casts No Shadow to be an overall really good read once it got going. If you're a fan of dystopian fiction with some twists, and if you can stick with it through the beginning, you'll find that this book is a gem.
4 stars!

About Mark Richardson:

Mark Richardson is the author of the novels The Sun Casts No Shadow, and Hunt for the Troll.

 His short stories have appeared in numerous crime and literary publications, including HobartFugueSegueCrime FactorySwitchback, and Nth Position.

Born in the Chicago area, he graduated from the University of Iowa, and promptly escaped the midwestern winters for sunny California, first living in Los Angeles and then San Francisco. He spent thirty years working as a writer and marketer for tech companies in Silicon Valley.

Mark now lives in the East Bay with his wife, two children, and the world’s cutest dog. He spends his time writing fiction, obsessing about the Chicago Cubs, attending his daughter’s softball games, and reading stacks of books. He loves genre-bending fiction, especially speculative writing with a noir flavor. In 2019, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and supports the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will win a $10 Amazon GC courtesy of Rockstar Book Tours, International.

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

1/31/2022

Rockstar Book Tours

Kickoff Post

1/31/2022

Writer of Wrongs

Excerpt

2/1/2022

YABooksCentral

Guest Post

2/1/2022

Mythical Books

Excerpt/IG Post

2/2/2022

BookHounds

Guest Post

2/2/2022

@jaimerockstarbooktours

IG Post

2/3/2022

Rajiv's Reviews

Review/IG Post

2/3/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Review

2/4/2022

Jazzy Book Reviews

Review

2/4/2022

Sadie's Spotlight

Excerpt/IG Post

Week Two:

2/7/2022

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt

2/7/2022

Jaime's Book World

Excerpt

2/8/2022

The Girl Who Reads

Review/IG Post

2/8/2022

Prison Wife Reviews

Review/IG Post

2/9/2022

Wottaread

Excerpt

2/9/2022

Coffee and Wander Book Reviews

Review/IG Post

2/10/2022

@jypsylynn

Review/IG Post

2/10/2022

Two Points of Interest

Review

2/11/2022

The Momma Spot

Review

2/11/2022

OneMoreExclamation

Review/IG Post


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