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Black as Snow [Format Kindle]

Nick Nolan

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Sebastian Black is a god amongst men: he’s devastatingly handsome and charismatic—and telepathic. So when his scheming mother, prophetess Kitty Black, announces that her son is the “next species of man,” the world begins taking notice. Together, Kitty and Sebastian forge a spiritual movement that celebrates “divine evolution” while warning of a mass extinction. But just as their fame and wealth are building, a tragedy befalls one of Sebastian’s disciples, and threats from Christian militants become too real to ignore.

Sebastian flees Los Angeles—and his mother—in search of peace and freedom. One by one he encounters “common” people who astonish him with their uncomplicated stories of love and compassion: an aging lesbian couple; a Mexican handyman; a shy, anorexic woman; a recovering meth addict; a gay teenager; and an unthinking college jock. Surprisingly, each has a profound effect upon this arrogant young “messiah.”

As Sebastian drifts further away from Kitty, she becomes more determined to preserve their celebrity status and glittering lifestyle. She sets out to reel Sebastian back to her—even if it means conspiring with his enemies, in particular a dashing young Spaniard who darkly mirrors Sebastian’s supernatural talents and good looks. But not even the telepathic Sebastian can foresee what happens next.

From the sleek penthouses of Century City to the savage coastline of Big Sur, Black as Snow twists the beloved fairy tale of Snow White into a suspense-filled story of intrigue, spirituality, and greed…and the unstoppable power of everyday love.

Biographie de l'auteur

Budding novelist Nick Nolan wrote his first mystery in 5th grade and kept angst-ridden journals (featuring lots of sad poetry) during his teen years, but then had to surrender his dream of becoming a writer to fund college. While building a happy life with his partner Jaime, Nick earned two degrees, worked extensively with homeless youth, rescued dogs, restored two homes, traveled extensively through Mexico, and owned scores of unusual cars -- including a Dodge Challenger once used in the Mod Squad television series.

Nick originally self-published his modern fairy tales (and Book of the Year winners) Strings Attached and Double Bound, and after signing with AmazonEncore in 2009 began writing Black as Snow, based upon Snow White.

Today Nick, Jaime, and their two beloved retrievers divide their time between their home in the San Fernando Valley and a mountaintop cabin. Novel #4 is currently under construction.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 536 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 393 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1612180051
  • Editeur : Lake Union Publishing (30 août 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00546IDXG
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Hey, there's a whole world out here... 13 août 2011
Par L. Wilson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Being protected and adored can be fun.

The fun stops, though, when you try to help someone and, instead, you cause incredible damage.

This is the situation that Sebastian finds himself in. Suddenly his safe world starts to feel like a prison. Sebastian leaves and discovers that the world outside his sanctuary is different from what he expects--in both good and bad ways. His journey is complicated by a possessive mother who warns him about people wanting to harm him and people who really do want to harm him.

Sebastian's discovery is like a lot of classic stories: The protected child runs away and is amazed/shocked at what they find in the world. They are transformed, because their basic humanity and decency have a chance to grow.

Nolan's storyline is a unique invention for this classic storyline. The characters and action are interesting. Unfortunately, some of the characters are a little too stereotypical: It would have been nice to learn what makes them special. Sebastian feels fully developed (for a person his age) and held my interest as I read about his adventure.

Nolan's writing is clear and interesting, but there are times that he seems to be giving us a condensed version. In many ways, the writing seems to be directed at the young adult level (ages 18-25).

Overall, an interesting book, but a little too lightweight. As an early novel, it is OK, but it leaves me looking forward to later, more developed novels that this author will write.
32 internautes sur 40 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Topical and engaging 7 août 2011
Par Gone2lunch - Publié sur Amazon.com
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For those who haven't read it, "The God Virus" is a seminarian's take on what makes religion so addictive. The author is particularly persuasive about the spiral of dependency where religion imposes taboos and requirements around basic human needs like food, sex and emotion which everyone inevitably breaks and for which absolution can only be obtained from the very organization that labeled these things bad in the first place.

This book reads, in part, like a practical and very topical morality play in which these elements are allowed to have free play. The venal cynicism of the mother who decides to exploit her son's gifts to create a new religion sound a bit like the late L R(edacted-because-they'd-probably-sue-me). The "bad guy" is completely believable as he exploits his adherents' weaknesses. (The hyper-Christian conspirator and her "demon-possessed" gay husband aren't a million miles away from a prominent political figure, either). Yet none of these reads like a parody; the characters are distinct, fully formed, and enmeshed in a plot that moves with the elegance and inevitability of a Greek tragedy. None of the human elements is in the slightest bit implausible, and each reaction proceeds from a perfectly logical action or decision. A clever operator can use our weaknesses to make us do "God's work," which different people have come to see as anything from adopting a stray dog to joining a militia in defence of the faith. "Black as Snow" is a chillingly low-key, well-plotted exploration of the way that can happen.

While comparisons can be drawn to everything from Snow White to Dan Brown's blockbusters, it never feels deeply derivative. On its own terms, it's a satisfying, well-plotted suspense novel. The publisher's writeup makes this sound like a feel-good spiritual journey a la Eat-Pray-Love; it doesn't do the book justice. This is tautly plotted and beautifully structured, with our sympathy for the main character growing alongside our apprehension.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A wise tale - and a fun read! 16 août 2011
Par John P. Plummer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Nick Nolan once again combines a fast-paced adventure with insight into human life and love. Despite Sebastian Black's fame, beauty, and spiritual gifts, he has much to learn. Journeying past slick appearances and comfortable platitudes into grief, loss, and risk, Sebastian finds a new beginning and a more genuine life. Like all fairy tales (including Snow White, the underlying basis for this story), Nolan's novel has a moral. However, it is delivered gently, and in the midst of a well-crafted and thoroughly entertaining story.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Nick Nolan's Concept is Good; Execution Needs Work 1 février 2012
Par Barb Caffrey - Publié sur Amazon.com
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BLACK AS SNOW is Nick Nolan's re-imagining of the classic "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" fairy tale. The concept is intriguing; Sebastian Black (Snow's analogue) is handsome, charismatic, and is the leader of a new "green" religion that's swept the Earth. (Shades of Robert A. Heinlein's Valentine Michael Smith from STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND thus far.) Black's mother, Kitty, has done her best to guide his career because her son Sebastian has a strange wild talent: he's a telepath.

However, he gets disillusioned with his mother's guidance, and decides to "drop out" for a while. He meets real people -- the analogues of the dwarves -- who have various problems, and Sebastian tries to help them. Because of this, he realizes that we all want and need similar things -- enough money to meet our needs; enough love to fill our souls; a safe and inviting environment; and, of course, world peace. (A religion that doesn't try to make you what you aren't would help nicely, too.)

Sebastian, you see, is gay. And his mother didn't really want people to focus on this. But he _is_ gay, and he must be who he is -- and, of course, his mother would really rather Sebastian did _not_ fall in love with a man. So what's to do? (If you know the classic story of "Snow White," you know what's coming, but I refuse to spoil the surprise if you don't.)

The concept here was excellent, and I enjoyed the contemporary re-imagining that Nolan came up with. However, I really didn't bond with Sebastian as a character; he seemed more like an archetype than someone I could really root for, and while archetypes are often used by novelists and there's nothing wrong with it, that tends to distance the reader from what could've otherwise been a visceral reading experience.

That's why I couldn't give this novel above three stars. It's very interesting and worth reading, but I saw it as more of an intellectual experience than a visceral one. But if you're in the mood for a story that may not move you emotionally -- or one that you have to think about first before you're moved emotionally (as is closer to the truth here) -- and you like fast-moving novels, you will enjoy Nolan's latest novel.

Three stars.

Barb Caffrey
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Emotional, thought provoking read! 28 mai 2013
Par Jennifer Wilson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
I just finished this book a few hours ago, and that's how long it's taken me to write this review. Not because I don't have the words, but once I finished it, I still felt a rollercoaster of emotions. I could tell within the first few pages of Black As Snow, this would be a story unlike anything I've ever read.
Sebastian Black, a young, handsome telepathic evangelist, escapes his controlling mother Kitty and their spiritual movement Evo-Love in order to find peace -and to escape from religious groups threatening to kill him. Along the way, he meets a variety of characters (few of them you may remember from Strings Attached and Double Bound) that play a big role in the story, and in Sebastian's life. He realizes how much he wants his life to change -just as his life is put in danger.
I can't tell you more without spoiling the novel, but this is no ordinary tale of love, friendship, betrayal, and suspense. I was on the edge of my seat, needing to read what happens next to Sebastian. I was furious with Kitty and shocked in her role of things...let's just say she is no Mother of the Year! I was sick over the religious group, of how they believe God supports them to do such horrid acts of hate. My heart warmed with each character Sebastian met along his travels and the lessons accompanied with them. I cried over what happened to Mateo and the communication between him and Sebastian. I was in awe of Sebastian's telepathic/psychic abilities. The ending made me so proud of Sebastian, and the last paragraph of the story- it opened my heart and shed some light on my own grief. I love Nick's notes and acknowledgements at the end; reading his inspiration for the story had me smiling through tears. What an amazing journey Black As Snow took me through, and it will stay with me for a long time <3
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