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  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Britton International, Incorporated (1 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970076126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970076120
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,161,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Keith Harvey is the author of four novels, "Vogel Flies South," "Vogel and the White Bull," "Cave Gossip" and "Grimoire of Stone;" two books of poetry, "Petroglyphs," and "Sea-Snails on a Black Chow's Tongue or, a Castaway's Poems in a Bottle;" a slew of short stories and hundreds of poems.

In addition to writing, he practices international law and divides his time between his offices in Frankfurt am Main, Germany and Dallas, Texas.

In 2009, his fantasy novel, "Okeanus," was a semi-finalist in the Amazon/Penguin Breakthrough novel contest.

He is currently writing short stories set in an alternate history and finishing a young adult science fiction novel, based loosely on Shakespeare's "Hamlet."

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Grimoire of Stone: A Romance of Water 2 1/2 stars 28 July 2013
By Rhubarb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
First reaction after finishing the book: Thank goodness that's done and over with. Grimoire of Stone went on and on, the protagonist being volleyed from one improbable situation to another. The book felt like a manuscript written for a TV series then stitched together to make a novel instead. It ended that way too, sort of a cliffhanger, and a teaser for season 2. The second time that Stern was shipwrecked, all I wanted was for the book to be over so I could read something with a real story and not just a bunch of episodes wandering hither and yon: deliver scrolls, enthralled by witch, changed into bird, escape from island, shipwrecked - all in the first 20% of the book. His concern for his son is supposed to be the driving motivation for the quest, yet their relationship is never described, and the son is just a place holder about whom the reader couldn't care less. By the time of the second shipwreck, I was ready for it to be over with.

And what is this fascination for being naked?

Descriptions became boring and were done in excruciating minutiae. Every meal was described in detail, including what the entrée consisted of. Every myth and fable that the local people enjoyed was written out, even sometimes more than one version. Every person's clothing described in cut and color. Anyone making a storyboard for TV programs would have his work halfway done already. But for a reader it was an invitation to skim.

The descriptive passages were boring in structure. They went on and on, subject-verb-object, subject-verb-object, ad infinitum. I'd like to introduce the author to gerunds, apposite phrases, dependent clauses, and other sentence structures which add spice to the English language.

Commas are sprinkled about, like confetti, with the occasional errant apostrophe for variety.

The author had some unintentionally funny moments when he used the wrong word:
pours when he meant pores
strait-backed for straight-backed
maul for maw (this was quite frequent)
welded for welled (tears welded up in his eyes)
shuttered for shuddered (several times)
prowl for prow (of a ship)
stirring for steering
mediated for meditated (frequent)
sand barge for sand bar
barred for bared (his teeth)
foist for foil
There were others, but these will do for samples. And what does "Romance of Water" have to do with anything?

At about 85% of the way through the book the story reverted to the more usual, less episodic and meandering, straightforward storytelling and was, therefore, more enjoyable, but the typos and author errors increased in frequency, as though the author had not had time to proof his own work after writing the ending.

Keith Harvey is an author with imagination and creativity. I hope he continues to hone his craft and perhaps take a writing workshop or two. He definitely needs a ==>good editor<== to become the excellent writer he has the potential to be.

Not recommended.
Re: Grimoire of Stone **** A Romance Of Water 4 Jun. 2014
By SarahA - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
First up, I am not a great fan of fantasy fiction, science fiction or such like. But I have a love of Poetry and words that can captivate my inner most feelings. So why read Grimoire of Stone; a fantasy fiction book?
To tell you the truth, I was NOT expecting ‘great shakes’; knowing it was fantasy fiction and after reading some bad reviews, but I was drawn to such because of my knowledge of Mr Harvey’s Poetry.
I found myself being enveloped by all this ‘otherworldly’ beings and got caught up in the language/the dream like quality. I was also comforted and reassured by ‘hearing’ Mr Harvey’s poetic voice running through some passages.
The descriptions vivid and paint a picture of the actual place/space. Seeing and being able to feel such, inside of oneself.
There is adventure, thought provoking moments, surprises, a hopeful romance and at times pulls on the ‘old heart-strings’. There was (for me) always a ‘what if’ and I have always believed, if something you have read makes you think after; then it is a good read.
So has this open a door to ‘fantasy’ for me? Yes.
Captivating and at times Confusing... 4 Jun. 2014
By Bobbe Allender - Published on Amazon.com
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Once I got into the book, I totally enjoyed it. I did reference the back cover and discovered a brief background of Moses Stern (who he was and why he was chosen for this task). As the story unfolds and unwinds, Stern constantly finds himself naked in a strange land (my interpretation: he kept getting reborn into new countries and or situation whose people dressed him in their costume, thus he was protected). Although not my usual genre for reading, I found the tale captivating enough to want to follow it to the final pages. (I have been known to toss books in the corner, never to be completed on more than one occasion.)

I had read Harvey's first book and see him progressing, look forward to more work from this interesting and developing author.
Predictable 16 Aug. 2013
By Cheryl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
As far as fantasy stories go, this is just average. The author failed to develop much of a sense of time, place or character which makes it a very superficial narrative. I found the ending to be very flat due to its having been accurately forecast earlier in the narrative. The author obviously has a great imagination but lacks a good storytellers ability to emotionally engage the reader. It is an easy but forgettable read.
At times hard to put down 2 Aug. 2013
By Steve G - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Let me start by saying that I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. The book was disjointed with the hero stumbling from one adventure to another with these adventures roughly sewn together into a story. Indeed, this book could have been a series of short stories. Nonetheless, the book was fun to read. It was written well enough, the characters fleshed out enough and the actions scenes spelled out enough that it all held together and at times was very hard to put down, which is why it merited the 4-star rating I gave it. The rating was not based on literary quality. There is better fantasy out there but I still recommend this book for fans of the genre.
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