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The Blank Slate Boarding House for Creatives: A Tale of Magic, Manners, and Scandal [Paperback]

Chaunce Stanton
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11 Jun 2013
An epic battle between psychological manipulation and natural magic unfolds as Perjos, the world’s greatest magician, returns to the Blank Slate Boarding House for Creatives to settle old scores. The house’s newest servant, Emily Turner, must resist the magician’s powers alone after her only friend disappears, leaving her to face Perjos as he destroys the lives of the the artists who stay at the Blank Slate. The one person left to help Emily stop Perjos is Old Ted who lives in the forest, but his world — and our world — is forever changed by a tree plague that devastates the forests. The Blank Slate welcomes believers and skeptics alike in this dark and richly layered tale of historical-magical realism, inviting the question "What is Magic and What is Reality?"

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  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (11 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482580489
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482580488
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 15 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Chaunce Stanton brings readers into the realm of imagination. He writes in diverse fiction genres, including literary, magical realism, dark humor, and horror. He develops characters who behave realistically within the unexpected twists and turns of their lives.

His latest novel, The Blank Slate Boarding House for Creatives, combines Fantasy of Manners and Alternate History fiction with unexpected plot twists and strong character development.

His first novel, Luano's Luckiest Day (2012), came from a dream about a boy riding a white tiger in search of his mother. Chaunce began writing the novel as soon as he woke up. It is a story set without a specific map or calendar in mind, and yet he is able to bring the desert town where Luano lives to life so that it becomes very real to the reader.

A resident of St. Paul, Minnesota's diverse North End neighborhood, Chaunce's favorite reads include Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun; Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke; Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón; and Devil in the White City and Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson.

Chaunce is an avid walker, reducing his "carbon footprint" by leaving his actual footprints on the sidewalks of the city. He is married to Naomi who preserves and cooks the produce from their large organic raised-bed garden. They enjoy traveling and the odd visit to cemeteries.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Blank Slate boarding house . . . . . . 31 Oct 2013
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Interesting philosophical discussion and - good historical context which to a history teacher is very important! I found it a little hard to get through at times a maybe just a, little 'more' needed - but thumbs up from me for the history and creating interesting characters!
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The author has created a vivid world of different characters and settings. The plot is original and creative. I liked the references to historical figures and events, although there were times when I felt the references became a little unnecessarily detailed, as some scenes didn't feel related to the overall story.

The novel offers an array of interesting characters, but my main criticism of the book is that the author didn't reveal more about these characters to the reader, especially the character of Perjos. His darkness is so intriguing, yet I was left with no sense of how or why he came to be this way.

I liked that the story is told from different characters perspectives, yet at times it felt that the hopping from one to another became a bit too choppy. I'd find myself just getting into a scene, only to then be thrown into a different scene from a different perspective. This book gives short glimpses of many characters, rather than in-depth understanding of a few. However, these glimpses are well crafted and intriguing. Even though the style of writing is not what I normally go for, I still wanted to find out what happened next!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Magical 28 Feb 2014
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An extraordinary and accomplished piece of fantasy, with vivid characterisation and a compelling plot. The inclusion of Conan Doyle is an absolute treat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A True Masterpiece - Not For The Faint Of Heart 21 Aug 2013
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From page one, Mr. Stanton drew me in. His no-holds-barred-style left me recoiling in disgust yet yearning for more! Blank Slate Boarding House for Creatives is a flawlessly orchestrated tale of dark magic peppered with a lush cast of characters, both fictional and non-fictional. My favourite, by far, is Old Ted, his guileless innocence a sharp contrast to the moody desperation of most of the other characters. Perjos is a work of art, his immoral capabilities a depraved journey into the depths of human nature. Blank Slate Boarding House for Creatives is a true masterpiece and not to be missed by those who relish plummeting head first into the shadowy world of magic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Magical and darkly mystical journey 25 Jun 2013
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Chaunce Stanton takes readers, brilliantly, back to the heady days of 1922.

This is a tale of magic and mysticism, sometimes dark and disturbing. Intergrating an imaginative storyline that features Arthur Conan Doyle, Harry Houdini, and a sinister 'Perjos' who sees himself as 'the greatest magician in the world!'

With the owner and staff of the Blank Slate Boarding house, and history involving the house and characters, a fascinating tale unfolds.

It will cause you to question what magic amounts to, physically and mentally, and what drives people to be or to do...and you will find it hard to put down!

Cleverly constructed, this ebook takes ebooks to a new dimension, and readers to a whole new electronic experience!
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