Thursday, 29 August 2013

Custodian - Amazon reader review - Gene Brewer, author of K-PAX

Custodian received a reader review from non other than the writer of K-PAX, Gene Brewer. He had warned me up front that it wasn't going to be a totally positive review, and he did go into his thoughts on that. But most importantly, he was very complimentary of the writing and 'couldn't stop turning the pages':

Mike Philbin's new novel isn't really a novel. There isn't much plot or development--most chapters are a lot like the ones that came before. Whatever it is, however, I kept turning the pages. Some of the images are astonishing, all are powerful, and there are moments of good humor. Mr. Philbin is a good writer, and his choice of words and syntax are sometimes striking. More importantly, the book is a scathing indictment of the socio-economic-religious culture we have become. It sticks with you long after you've finished it. Well worth the read.


Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Custodian - first five star customer review - Amazon reader Giggsy

Just back off my European hols (where I spent four weeks 'totally off the grid' doing nothing but relaxing and writing a new novel called Tandem) and this lovely FIVE STAR customer review of my Free Planet #1 novel Custodian is there on Amazon, from reader Giggsy:

Mike Philbin is back with another anti-corporate tale, another novel where he immerses you, the reader, into the book as a character. And he's getting good at it. 
This is likely his strongest work to date. 
His dystopian near-future seems so extreme at times, so odd, and so far away. And yet when you realize he's blending non-fiction (aka "The Truth") in with the fiction, you begin to realize just how near we are to losing our planet. He offers an unique presentation of his ideas that doesn't have boring economics theory, generic propaganda, or political lies.

Nice, thanks!