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Set in Stone by [Newton]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 733 KB
  • Print Length: 65 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C1IUO8M
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,520,543 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I love horror and tales of the supernatural in all forms, though I do tend to go for the more violent, hardcore stuff, (and write in a similar vein), I truly enjoy those rare occasions where I come across a work that is not merely aping the Gothic fiction of old, but seems to actually channel the energy, intellect and atmosphere that make's such novels work.
Newton's novella is a confident, strident love letter to Gothic horror that is so much more than mere pastiche.
The pages, (or screen) practically drips with atmosphere. The characters are as vivid as you could desire, and the plot is hugely intriguing and more than a little captivating.
What Newton has created here, in such a quick read, is to set up and entirely believable world in which magic sits comfortably with an authentic, grounded sense of realism. It's subtle, mesmerizing, and interjected with an almost poetic sense of the romantic.
Horror fans from all walks will find something to enjoy here...it has violence, (though it's never overt, it still hits hard), it was witchcraft, it has tragedy, it has mystery and it has a vivid sense of place that really transports the reader to the town of Odessa where the tale is set.
What SET IN STONE lacks in length, it makes up for in content, and there's enough intrigue going on here to build a series of work from.
This is a quick, subtle, intelligent and atmospheric little gem that really deserves to be read.
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This short story grabbed me from the opening line. It sets the scene well, and promises secrets and horror. Unfortunately the rest of the story doesn't quite live up to that opening. It's far from bad, I enjoyed it a lot. It's well written and tightly plotted, but it lacked a certain sparkle.The opening led me to think that it would be something more.

That grumble aside it progressed at a decent pace, and there's some good conflict and emotion here. I'd previously read The Reconstruction Descending by this author and that contained some wonderful imagination. This newer story is better written from a technical perspective, but doesn't quite offer the same richness.

I am perhaps being a little harsh, the story does have many things going for it, and it's superbly told, just not quite as good as the earlier work. If you like a dark tale, then you should give it a try.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 6 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Novella 31 Oct. 2013
By Curtis Hoffmeister - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Too short to be called a novel, too long to be considered a short story, too good to pass up. Set in Stone is a bargain, too. And unlike so many of the 99-cent "books" available at the Kindle store, this is a complete work, not a teaser or sample chapter. That means strong character development, an intriguing plot, and an ending with an actual resolution. You don't have to buy another e-book to find out what happens. I like that. I also like Newton's writing style. It's crisp and concise. He delivers a quality story, not an excessive quantity of words to get his point across. But it’s not flash fiction either, though he can and does write that kind of tale, and they’re good too. But I prefer longer stories and novels. So if you’re like me, and you enjoy horror and dark fantasy, you’ll find this offering well worth your buck.
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read 14 Dec. 2014
By abock04 - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book and very easy to read and follow. Not a long book either. It has mystery, love, evil... a lot of great characters.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Short Story 20 Oct. 2013
By Brandi Hines (Hines and Bigham's Literary Tryst) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

From the beginning of the story I was intrigued, the use of the word "yard" was a brilliant change from "graveyard" even though I believe it was over emphasized in the first few pages. My English teacher would always tell me, "Only repeat to emphasize, but be careful not to over emphasize." those words have stuck with me since. I never really thought much about graveyards before or the people who tend them, even though I know it is not quite how it was portrayed in the story it was captivating and I must say I will never drive by one again with lack of feeling. I liked the main characters and in such a short period of time I felt as if I really got to know them. The choice of wording throughout was very descriptive and brought me into the story, to clench with all the excitement, I didn't put the book down until it was done.

From every twist and turn the words provided I was shocked at what happened, every time I thought I knew what was going to happen I was wrong, which compelled me to keep reading. Cliché it was not, not even for a moment. I was left at the end wanting more, not because the story didn't end appropriately, because I didn't want to stop reading it. It is definitely a story I would recommend others to read and that is why I am giving it five stars.

If I could compare this story to any other work of art it would be Edgar Allen Poe's "The House of Usher" a brilliant short story, eerily captivating. I would enjoy reading more stories from the mind of Newton.
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent horror tale 9 July 2016
By M. Brookes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This short story grabbed me from the opening line. It sets the scene well, and promises secrets and horror. Unfortunately the rest of the story doesn't quite live up to that opening. It's far from bad, I enjoyed it a lot. It's well written and tightly plotted, but it lacked a certain sparkle.The opening led me to think that it would be something more.

That grumble aside it progressed at a decent pace, and there's some good conflict and emotion here. I'd previously read The Reconstruction Descending by this author and that contained some wonderful imagination. This newer story is better written from a technical perspective, but doesn't quite offer the same richness.

I am perhaps being a little harsh, the story does have many things going for it, and it's superbly told, just not quite as good as the earlier work. If you like a dark tale, then you should give it a try.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Odyssey in Odessa? 15 Oct. 2013
By Broadway Turk Superstar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Set in Stone by Newton is a tragedy drama set in the town of Odessa, where Michael O'Donahue finds himself tangled in a web of romance, deception and murder in this intriguing horror novella. Newton's skills as an author are on full display as he introduces his characters in a flowing narrative, builds the storyline and subplot with effective dialogue, and confronts us with a spooky conflict that we are rooting for the protagonists to resolve. As with all good horror tales, however, the twists and turns are what makes the author's work a winner.

We are introduced to Michael as a thirteen-year-old being brought into the family business as caretakers of the local cemetery. The tradition and folklore surrounding the town and its inhabitants are impressed upon him by his father, a simple man who carries a flask with him as he goes on about his lifelong duties. The flask and the responsibility are passed along to his son upon his demise, at which time Father Murphy becomes his sole comforter. The elderly priest is soon revealed to be the bearer of secrets as Michael comes face to face with the supernatural forces lying dormant within Odessa Cemetery.

The romantic interest is established as Michael falls in love with Elizabeth Heidelmann, the heiress of a wealthy estate. A love triangle is formed as Teresa, the town necromancer, seduces Michael in exchange for objects from the graveyard she is able to use in her rituals. Michael learns that Elizabeth has been murdered, and immediately suspects Teresa as having taken a hand in her demise. A fiery confrontation results in their joining forces anew, setting forth together on a path that leads them to Father Murphy. They find that the priest holds the key to solving the mystery surrounding Elizabeth's death.

The plot dynamics and role reversals underscore the literary quality of Newton's work as the anti-heroes find themselves struggling against forces of good which ultimately resort to acts of evil to achieve their goals, the ends justifying the means. The protagonists themselves commit ghoulish acts at the graveyard that pale in comparison to the reprisals. It is a morality play neatly packed within a tragedy drama that makes Newton's Set in Stone a novella well worth reading.
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