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Welcome to another book review! Keeping along with the upcoming fall season, I have read another ghost-related story. It isn’t a typical scary ghost story though (check out my book review of The Patience of a Dead Man if you want something scary) so keep reading to see what it’s about!
- Edge of Perception
- Steve Bellinger
- Wordwooze publishing
- August 11, 2019
- 181 pages
Ron Lewis is a firm believer in science. However, a curse that was placed on his family during the slavery days continues to plague since his early childhood. Ron was born in the 1960s and faces many struggles on top of the paranormal activity. Just when Ron thinks he has found peace, a tragedy strikes turning his world upside down. Soon after, a once in a lifetime opportunity allows Ron to use science to face his demons of the past which unleashes even more chaos. The question is, will he find peace amidst the chaos and will he finally be able to put his demons to rest?
About Steve Bellinger
Steve Bellinger fell in love with science fiction with the first Tom Swift book that he read as a child. When his mom, who worked for a printing company brought home an Isaac Asimov novel, he was blown away by it and at the tender age of 13 decided he wanted to write, creating home-made comic books and handwritten manuscripts in wire-bound notebooks.
As a young adult, he found he just couldn’t get his stories published anywhere, so he combined two of his passions, writing, and radio, and created several original radios dramas, producing them in his own home-made recording studio. Through the years he’s written content for websites, articles for local newspapers, and even the Junior High Sunday School booklets for the AME Church, but it wasn’t until he turned 65 that he realized his dream of having a science fiction novel published, The
So, remember, it’s never too late! Steve’s affection for science and science fiction continues. He is a lifelong fan of Star Trek (he owns two uniforms) and Dr. Who (yes, he has his own 12-foot long scarf).
He’s met many of the stars of his favorite programs at conventions, including Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura), James Doohan (Scotty) from the original Star Trek series, and even Tom Baker, the most famous Dr. Who of them all. But the list of celebrities Steve has shaken hands with also includes real-life heroes like NASA space shuttle astronaut Joan Higgenbotham and Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon.
Steve lives in the Lincoln Park community in Chicago, Illinois, with his wife, Donna.
Initial Thoughts on the Edge of Perception
When I first started reading the book I thought it was okay. I don’t read a lot of paranormal or sci-fi as they aren’t one of my top favorite genres to read. This doesn’t stop me from reading them of course. As I read the beginning I wondered if I would like where the story was going. Honestly, what kept me reading was that I didn’t know where it was going. My curiosity for what this story held is what pushed me forward.
Ghost Story Or Life Story?
So, what’s interesting about the Edge of Perception is that is labeled as both a paranormal story and a sci-fi story. After reading it I would say I agree. There is a mix of ghosts and science throughout the whole book. This isn’t a typical ghost story though. It isn’t meant to be scary or creepy. The Edge of Perception follows along almost all of Ron’s life. The paranormal side of the story mostly looms in the background.
I initially thought that Ron’s whole focus might be to get rid of the family curse. The curse produced a demon called the Tokoloshe which has threatened his family for generations. It was his turn to deal with the demon. So, I naturally thought he would do everything in his power to get rid of it.
This isn’t really the case. He lives his life and if it comes he chases it away, but really there is no effort to get rid of it permanently. I liked this and I didn’t at the same time. If it were me, that would have been my main focus but I also liked his life story regardless of his lack of effort to get rid of the demon.
With any life story, there is bound to be romance. The Edge of Perception novel is no exception. Ron’s romance is not the forefront of the story but it does play a role. One problem I had was with one of Ron’s first relationships. I won’t give to much detail for the sake of not wanting to give any spoilers away. But, I felt there was almost too much importance placed on one relationship.
To me, the woman did not have a large enough or an impactful enough role in the story to hold such importance later on in the book. This is what I view as one of the bigger downfalls of the book. Otherwise, the characters seemed to be perfectly placed in the story.
Get To The Second Half
To be honest, most of my qualms are with approximately the first half of the story. It just wasn’t nearly as interesting as the second half. The second half of Edge of Perception is where the Paranormal meets Sci-fi and it was captivating.
Ron got an opportunity I think few would turn down if they met the qualifications. I knew I wouldn’t have turned it down. This opportunity was akin to what a job offer would be. The job was so intriguing that I wanted to be a part of it.
I understand how important the first half was for the second half of the story. The whole first half is really what led to this opportunity and ultimately the end of the book. I just wish that it had as much oomph as the second half did.
I went back and forth quite a bit when deciding how many stars I would give this novel. I loved Ron’s life story, the entanglement of the paranormal and sci-fi genre, and the second half of the book. However, I did not care as much for the first half of the book or the importance put on one of his romantic relationships. Once I weighed the pro’s on and con’s of the book, I decided that it was fair to give it 3.5/5 stars.
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With the fall season in tow, do you find yourself reading different genres? For me, I most certainly do. However, it is a new development. I used to just read whatever I could get my hands on. But recently I find my self reading different genres according to the time of the year. Let me know if you do this in the comments below!
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