I was really excited to read The House when I read the description of it, but it is safe to say that it was nothing like I expected! Not in a bad way that is!
It was very interesting to read a a story in which very little was actually revealed about the main protagonist until about a third of a way into the book, up until then the reader isn't even aware of her name!
One challenge some readers may have is that the language used in The House is quite complicated, and old fashioned, though this does make sense with some of the things said in the narrative, such as the respect afforded to authors such as Austen and Shelley. Once I got used to the style, and got into the pace of reading I didn't feel that this was a major issue, though there were still words that I couldn't understand! Early on in the book I came across a quote, which I feel explains the linguistic feel of the narrative:
Historically nuanced tomes were preferred to the pedestrian vagaries of the contemporary novel.I really really can't work out what genre to put The House under, it is one of those books that crosses the lines between genres often, and so gives very little aid in placing it. Due to the ending I believe that I am going to go with paranormal (at least for now!).
The House was a very interesting read, and if you're looking for something different then I do suggest that you give it a go (with a dictionary on hand that is!)
Guest Post: PAST LIVES AND SOUL CONNECTIONS
I have been fascinated by the concept of past lives and blood memory for a long while. The theory that our predilections and desires are informed by experiences we may have undergone in previous incarnations, is an enduring subject that many, particularly those drawn to the new age, ponder and even subscribe to. In my case, I am enamoured by these ideologies more for artistic procurement, than true belief. But then again how can I be really certain? Considering the many dogmas that pervade, this one is as credible as any.
Suffering chronic depression, largely due to existing in the modern era (or so she supposes), my main character is nourished on a diet of historical novels. This causes her to look back to a period which communicates more meaningfully to her soul. Is this longing due to the fact that she really did once exist in that time (blood memory), or merely escapist fancy?
Eternal love, along with the notion that we spend our entire lives searching for our “other half” is what sits at the heart of my book ‘The House’. The supposition, as originally propounded by Greek philosophers, is that life’s impulses are aroused by the search for that soul mate, that lover with whom we harmonised once upon a time, in the great celestial orchestra of the hereafter. This endearing and most comforting construct speaks of an immortal love match, and as with Nirvana, one’s evolution is not complete until it is attained.
The time traveller (whose name I cannot reveal) launches upon a journey to a foreign historical setting, where she interacts with a curious mix of characters.* A picture begins to emerge as relationships develop, but the enigmatic nature of her involvement in this mystery remains throughout the book. Could it be a genuine flight of imagination, an escape, from the disconsolation felt in her former life? Or perhaps she must atone for an unfinished affair from another incarnation?
In the end all is revealed. Is the conclusion unexpected? Maybe. Is it bizarre? Definitely.
*see ‘a cast of distinctive characters’ blog
Genre: Adult fairy tale, regency romance, past-life romance, paranormal/fantasy, time-travel
Number of pages: 148
Word Count: 50,000
The House is the tale of a woman, who is so absorbed with historical novels that her own reality ceases to offer any hope of romance and beauty.
One day this dreamy idealist finds herself in a mysterious forest. How she arrived there is unknown. She encounters a ramshackle house, wherein magical rooms that transport to parallel worlds lay in wait. She is transported to historical England, where she interacts with a collection of character's whose dysfunctional lives become apparent immediately.
The first tribulation involves a nefarious lord, an archetypal embodiment of the monstrous creatures that often haunt fairy tales. The ramification of this confrontation sets the tone for the narrative.
Before long, the folly of disdaining her mundane reality is realized, and she desires desperately to return to her former predictable life.
A hidden portal finally enables escape from the austere Georgian dwelling. She is spirited back to the enigmatic house, where a journey to Regency London ensues. A large cast of eccentric identities present themselves.
One day a handsome, despondent poet arrives, following a period in Florence. His introduction to the time traveler offers promise of restoration and love. But upon the face of it, and much to his chagrin, this union cannot be consummated. There are a few more obstacles ahead before her destiny in this strange adventure is made apparent. In the end a past life connection starts to reveal itself. And like all good fairy tales, the ending is pleasing, even though the means of getting there are dark and at times, sinister.
About the Author:
Sebastiana Randone lives in Melbourne, Australia, and is from a dance background.
From an early age, Sebastiana developed a passion for reading, and from that moment has never been without a book.
The desire to write ‘one day’ had been pursuing for a long while. Finally that goal was realized with the debut release of “The House”; an adult fairy tale set in the Regency era.
Sebastiana is presently writing her second book; a paranormal romance novel based in New York late 1980’s.