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    Great Read

    Excellent story. Bought for the title and the price but will definitely read her next novel. This lady knows how to write.
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    Fun fantasy romp

    Did you ever want to be able to have tea with one of your favorite book characters? Or visit a street in Victorian London? In The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep, you can do those things. Dr. Charles Sutherland is an English literature professor with an unusual skill; he can “read” characters from books into existence. While this would be a fabulous skill to have, sometimes it can lead to unexpected consequences. What if the character is a fire-breathing dragon or a pre-teen girl detective who decides she’d rather not be in the story any longer? When Charles encounters these situations, it’s up to his brother Robert to try to intervene and help him catch the escaped character. Part fantasy, part mystery, this novel fills a lot of genres. The novel takes place in New Zealand, but really could be based anywhere. New Zealand is not a character in this story. Charles is a very unique character and concept. His ability to bring book characters to life is a fun escape for the reader. When characters suddenly appear to be doing wrong, that’s when this book takes a turn for the worse and the mystery and suspense begins. Charles and Robert find themselves in a battle for good and evil from the pages of a book. I loved this book. The concept was so unique and fun to imagine. Robert is the perfect older brother who is exasperated with his younger brother. Charles is an enigma. Parry brings forth both classic English fictional characters and characters of her own making. The world created is exactly what one would expect from the classic literature referenced. Sherlock Holmes, Dorian Gray and Heathcliff are all exactly what would be expected from their own authors. Clearly Parry is an expert in English lit herself. While this novel is long, it’s a fun and entertaining ride through a fantasy world many of us would love to visit. Parry has done a wonderful job. This review will be posted at BookwormishMe.com close to publication date.
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    lyrical and adventurous

    Have you ever wondered what it might be like if your favorite literary characters came to life? You may want to rethink that wish because it might not turn out very well at all. Charley was born with a unique gift. He can magically summon literary characters to life. When they arrive they are imbued with the characteristics that the reader has imagined… so it can be a bit unpredictable! Rob’s older brother has struggled with his relationship with his little brother now that they are in the same city. He’s torn between feeling as though he needs to take care of Charley and wanting his little brother to be independent enough to deal with his own problems. This book is part love-letter to literary characters and part magical mystery. There are other characters dwelling in secret in the city and it becomes clear that someone else must have the same powers as Charley. Thus begins the mystery of where the characters are coming from and what they’re up to! I loved the relationship between Charley and Rob. The characters are well developed and Parry has definitely managed a difficult genre expertly. It’s not easy to add well-loved characters to your novel and make them unique and still true to their original! Bravo! You don’t have to have read Dickens etc to enjoy this book, but it will probably make it a lot more of an adventure if you have!
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    What the Dickens!

    Very literary without being po derous. Good characters.
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    Wonderful read!

    This was a great read and felt fresh. I enjoyed the premise of reading characters out of books, as well as the weaving of story, relationships and life. It was an easy read with equal measure of comfortable predictability and unexpected twists. If you love literature and fantasy this is definitely for you!
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