Tony Benci

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How can there be no review?

Hello Michael,

I am amazed that there are no reviews for Lifegames.I found this novel an absolute delight from start to end. The characters were wonderful and the dynamics of the relationships remarkable. I can't say too much about the twists in the plot and how I was expecting a certain outcome and then you did a "Game of Thrones" quantum twist on me. It was just wonderful to immerse in this tale.

I particularly loved the relationship between Leon and the Bishop and would have welcomed a lot more of that.

I'd like to drill down on some of the plot twists but don't want to spoil it for anyone following. Got to admit just didn't see how it came coming :)... very well done and a novel of first class proportions.

Keep it up

Tony

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Hard too bear

I enjoyed this jaunt... I always love a tale that has a sting in the tail... I would hazard to say that this is a well tried formula with many an august wordsmith trying their hand at the inanimate dishing it out to the animate.

I love it when the most mundane do the most damage... still, since a child I have found teddy bears and (heaven forbid in 2016) golliwogs to be particularly disturbing; up there with clowns actually,

Still, all things considered a nice little night cap and guaranteed to have more than one collection of soft toys locked into the wardrobe I would think.

One issue that I found hard to overlook was the reference to Sir Kennedy. I am assuming that the title is bestowed (perhaps that is incorrect but I can't imagine when the honorific Sir would be used without it being bestowed). Anyway, if this is the case then it would always be used with a christian name or the complete name (I did a quick Google to make sure I wasn't shooting myself in the foot), never with surname.

Of course Sir can be a polite salutation but one would address Mr Kennedy as Sir or Mr Kennedy. If Mr Kennedy was the holder of a bestowed title then it might be Sir John or Sir John Kennedy never Sir Kennedy. Anyway just a thought.

One other issue that needs qualification is the time line. I tried to work it out but reckon that you might be setting this mid 19c (reference to new world for example, something that would have been out of vogue much after mid 1800s).. Teddy Bears are a 20c invention and given that the Kennedy in this story was the great grandson one might assume 60-80 years added to 1780s of the revolutionary war it might be that a Teddy Bear was really a doll or a stuffed toy off nondescript title. Still if you're happy the timeline fits that fine.

Good work and a nice little horror tale :).

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Usually wait till the end

I usually wait until I have read a complete work before leaving a review and I was hard pressed to put 5 stars against overall and plot as I have only finished three chapters and may very well revise this.

I have recommended this to my cohorts (and I love Steve's use of that word (in context :))), it is rarely seen these days and we all yearn to be cohorts I'm sure :).

So far it has grabbed me in a way I hope that everything I write "grabs" the reader. The character building is excellent and I love the manner Steve employs of NOT explaining everything as you come to expect today (that type of explaining that make the first 20 minutes and last 10 minutes of "Taken" unnecessary (obviously filmed for the North American audience that needs to be told how to spell BMW)). You just have to keep up as he gets on with unwinding the narrative.

Don't know what Shift-Glasses are... too bad, work it out :).

Anyway, will be seeing this one through and might comment at the end.

Good work Steve, should go straight to a BBC three-parter I reckon the "Going Postal" production team would be ALL over it :).

Cheers
Tony

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