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Spellbinding Very well written character profiles and an intriguing story Makes you wonder what real magic is I won this book for free on Goodreads Blank Slate Boarding House for Creatives is part alternative history, part mystery, part magic realism, and all pure enjoyment and entertainment I bought my copy of the enhanced internet linked eBook A complex, character driven story with many characters Although Emily the unworldly new maid is the protagonist, she is overshadowed by Perjos, the egotistical magician, self proclaimed best magician in the universe His evil power over people plays games between the world of illusion and real Blank Slate Boarding House for Creatives is part alternative history, part mystery, part magic realism, and all pure enjoyment and entertainment I bought my copy of the enhanced internet linked eBook A complex, character driven story with many characters Although Emily the unworldly new maid is the protagonist, she is overshadowed by Perjos, the egotistical magician, self proclaimed best magician in the universe His evil power over people plays games between the world of illusion and real magic, giving this book its connection to the magic realism genre Susanna, the free spirited other maid, is maybe evenan interesting character than sheltered life Emily and could have had an even bigger role for my tastes Mrs Cornelius is the unchanging embodiment of the boarding house itself The boarders are a motley collection of misfit artists, writers, and performers, some based on historical characters, and all under Perjos s fearful spell The character Old Ted is so bizarre early on, with his Yoda like third person self references, I questioned whether he was indeed a sprite, a vision, or a magic leprechaun Perjos s relationships to Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle give the book its alternative history bent The description of Carnegie Hall and Conan Doyle s lecture there would have made its history certain for me, even if it hadn t occurred There is plenty of action in this story of deception, intrigue, and double crosses, and I reached the can t put it down stage 20% into it Of the surprise ending, I ll just say that Emily is among the few characters still standing upright and partaking of a hopeful future A thoroughly enjoyable, quick and easy read Timothy Hurley, author of Shortstack, funny stories Throughout the world of magical history Houdini has been both revered and respected as one of the best illusionist of all time He was a man that both defied and challenged past scientific principles Houdini was a true magician in his own right that obsessed about the occult and spiritual aspects of life Although Houdini proved his talent often no one has ever thought of his competition A talented magician who s magic bordered on cruel and pushed the definition of evil This man s name was Pe Throughout the world of magical history Houdini has been both revered and respected as one of the best illusionist of all time He was a man that both defied and challenged past scientific principles Houdini was a true magician in his own right that obsessed about the occult and spiritual aspects of life Although Houdini proved his talent often no one has ever thought of his competition A talented magician who s magic bordered on cruel and pushed the definition of evil This man s name was Perjos and this story told part of his life Whether it is fact or fiction this story has the reader follow the footsteps of a young woman named Emily A person who is determined to succeed in finding her independence by landing herself a steady job She finds a place of employment at the Blank Slate Boarding House For Creatives Here she finds herself exposed to both the bizarre and disturbing personalities that reside in the boarding house The reader learns the unique story of each tenant and is shown how it all comes back to a magician names Perjos Emily finds herself attracted to the illusionist and looses her sense of reality In between the steps of Emily the reader is thrown into the life of Perjos A man so full of hate that it bleeds from him Will Perjos be stopped before anyone else is damaged Will Emily come to understand the true personality of Perjos or will she choose to believe her dreams This book was a fascinating read that has a wonderful dark and gothic feel to it I found the characters interesting and had a hard time putting the book down once I got into it Each person seemed like one train wreck after another and each wreck was worse than the one before The story left several questions for me and had me wondering if there was a book before this one I also felt that the end was a little rushed and was somewhat disappointed that it was not longer Either way I have to recommend this book hands down I must thank the author for giving me a free copy in the LibraryThing member giveaway It was much appreciated Good job author and I am looking forward to reading your other works This is my first book by Chaunce Stanton, that I m reading and reviewing as part of his blog tour And man do I love this book I is well written, and a great read It was a little confusing in the beginning, but a couple of chapters in and you ll find that it s easy to read.The book follows two different storyl arcs one of Emily, a new worker at the Blank Slate Boarding House the other of Perjos, a devious magician that rivals Harry Houdini and how their stories overlap each other.Houdini is This is my first book by Chaunce Stanton, that I m reading and reviewing as part of his blog tour And man do I love this book I is well written, and a great read It was a little confusing in the beginning, but a couple of chapters in and you ll find that it s easy to read.The book follows two different storyl arcs one of Emily, a new worker at the Blank Slate Boarding House the other of Perjos, a devious magician that rivals Harry Houdini and how their stories overlap each other.Houdini is the best magician of all times, a master illusionist and a man who defied science He was worldly renowned and respected But Perjos begs to differ He is mean and cruel and full of himself Perjos goal in life is to get revenge from Houdini.Emily Turner is the new help at the boarding house She wants to stand on her own two feet by getting a steady job Perjos is also a tenant at The Blank Slate Boarding house He is a master magician and she finds herself attracted to him and loses her sense of reality The boarding house caters to the creative people which means that Emily finds herself amongst the bizarre, eccentric as well as disturbing personalities.Emily must resist the Perjos powers alone after her only friend Susanah disappears, leaving her to face Perjos as he destroys the lives of the the artists who stay at the Blank Slate The one person left to help Emily stop Perjos is Old Ted who lives in the forest, but his world and our world is forever changed by a tree plague that devastates the forests.In his quest to exact revenge will Perjos destroy everything Or will Emily be able to stop him before it s too late Join then in their intriguing tale, that takes you all around and exposes you to a different world altogether Perjos the world s greatest magician Or the world s evilest Or BOTH Is Perjos really magic Or are people really that easily manipulated The decision is up to you In The Blank Slate Chaunce Stanton takes us into a world of magic and illusion, of mind games and persuasion He mixes historical and fictional characters to present a story that is at once a coming of age story of an innocent small town girl and a tale of mayhem and madness The characters are eminently likeable, detestable o Perjos the world s greatest magician Or the world s evilest Or BOTH Is Perjos really magic Or are people really that easily manipulated The decision is up to you In The Blank Slate Chaunce Stanton takes us into a world of magic and illusion, of mind games and persuasion He mixes historical and fictional characters to present a story that is at once a coming of age story of an innocent small town girl and a tale of mayhem and madness The characters are eminently likeable, detestable or, in the case of some of the minor creatives in the book, contemptible A quick, easy and most enjoyable read, this book will keep you turning the pages to see what is going to happen, what Perjos really has up his sleeves, and who will ultimately come out the victor I really like this book Here s why 1 The bad guy Perjos is an excellent villain He is bad, bad, bad And described very well 2 The links I love that there are links to photos, songs, and snippets of information scattered throughout the story I think this is a technique underused by authors, who may not be quite used to writing for ebooks, which offeroptions than paper books I m glad, though, that there weren t links to anything integral to understanding the story because I m often I really like this book Here s why 1 The bad guy Perjos is an excellent villain He is bad, bad, bad And described very well 2 The links I love that there are links to photos, songs, and snippets of information scattered throughout the story I think this is a technique underused by authors, who may not be quite used to writing for ebooks, which offeroptions than paper books I m glad, though, that there weren t links to anything integral to understanding the story because I m often off line while reading 3 The language Chaunce Stanton has a lovely vocabulary It s nice to read a story that uses words above a fourth grade reading level 4 The integration of history and fiction Nicely done My only criticism is that I would have liked just a littleit would have been nice to delve a little deeper into the characters backgrounds or mental states, and maybe learn why they were or weren t susceptible to Perjos abilities I will also admit to feeling rather disappointed in Emily I kept waiting for her to besomething Maybelikable I m not sure.Regardless, it was a fun story that I enjoyed reading If you like historical fiction, or stories about magicians, you ll probably enjoy this one From page one, Mr Stanton drew me in His no holds barred style left me recoiling in disgust yet yearning forBlank Slate Boarding House for Creatives is a flawlessly orchestrated tale of dark magic peppered with a lush cast of characters, both fictional and non fictional My favourite, by far, is Old Ted, his guileless innocence a sharp contrast to the moody desperation of most of the other characters Perjos is a work of art, his immoral capabilities a depraved journey into the depths o From page one, Mr Stanton drew me in His no holds barred style left me recoiling in disgust yet yearning forBlank Slate Boarding House for Creatives is a flawlessly orchestrated tale of dark magic peppered with a lush cast of characters, both fictional and non fictional My favourite, by far, is Old Ted, his guileless innocence a sharp contrast to the moody desperation of most of the other characters Perjos is a work of art, his immoral capabilities a depraved journey into the depths of human nature Blank Slate Boarding House for Creatives is a true masterpiece and not to be missed by those who relish plummeting head first into the shadowy world of magic I saw this book on tour and purchased it The author creates a very tricky alternate type of universe that kept me entertained from start to finish Definitely worth the read and will read again in the future. If your taste runs to intricate, detail rich, intricately plotted, character driven historical fiction, you ll not only want to read this book and recommend it to friends, you ll savor it A battle of wits between two of the world s eminent magicians lingers through the pages like an apparition, the pending confrontation neverthan a chapter or two away It s what Conan Doyle might label a three pipe case Tension rises throughout, with characters, plot devices, natural disasters and duelin If your taste runs to intricate, detail rich, intricately plotted, character driven historical fiction, you ll not only want to read this book and recommend it to friends, you ll savor it A battle of wits between two of the world s eminent magicians lingers through the pages like an apparition, the pending confrontation neverthan a chapter or two away It s what Conan Doyle might label a three pipe case Tension rises throughout, with characters, plot devices, natural disasters and dueling narratives popping in and out, like rabbits from a hat Stanton s characters converge on the Blank Slate Boarding House from different directions Perjos evil intent is to become The World s Greatest Magician Emily is a newly hired housekeeper, Susanna sometime friend part time arsonist, Henry, Claudia, Ver Mien, Mrs Cornelius, Harry Houdini The Wriggling Rabbi, Arthur Conan Doyle his wife Jeannie, Old Ted, an overgrown wood nymph, Tommy, Tony, Jakub the naked cellist, and last but not least the house itself as a main character with its closed bedroom doors and all that implies.Perjos departs Cherbourg on the SS Rotterdam Conan Doyle is aboard, both men traveling to New York to attend the magician s convocation Perjos sworn enemy, Houdini will be there as well Perjos intends to stay at the boarding house, where he s been in attendance before, and where former assistant Susanna resides, waiting for her chance to wreak revenge on Perjos for a past injury Emily is the protagonist of the tale Young, inexperienced, virginal Emily from Ohio arrives by train in Port Glover, and is whisked off to the house by Susanna, the stories catalyst for both good and evil Emily meets Mrs Cornelius and her eclectic collection of artists Through a swinging door, Emily sees and hears things she s never in her life been exposed to, but she s determined to follow her father s advice, to do her best The mantra will see her through the various twists, turns and adventures that can only be found in a boarding house filled with creative, eccentric people Mrs C realizes Perjos is coming back and the plot thickens Ver Mien is convinced that Perjos is out to get him, and he s right Henry likewise holds ill will toward the sinister Perjos The artists have good reason to be anxious Perjos hexing ability is well known He once convinced a young artist that he had no fingers The poor fellow believed the hex, and killed himself He tells Henry the poet that he ll lose one word per day, and Henry mourns this fact As Perjos is fond of saying, suspicion is either the magician s enemy or his cloak.Susanna assaults Perjos She s arrested and remanded to an asylum Tommy courts Emily Emily courts disaster when she falls under Perjos spell, lured by his offer to be his assistant The magicians perform, Conan Doyle has a seance with his long dead son Bears are shot Mrs Cornelius falls for Old Ted, and gives him Emily s locket Perjos uses Ver Mien as a prop, removing part of his skull in what he labels trepanation Perjos brings back Dolly, the pachyderm that Houdini used in his own act, and apparently abused for years With this sleight of hand, Perjos wins the competition But there sto come Jakub the cellist imagines his dead sister Ver Mien renders his final work in red like a deus ex machina, Susanna escapes her cell, returns to the Blank Slate and sets fire to the house Emily tries to save everyone, and succeeds, mostly Mrs Cornelius refuses to leave, Susanna lies unconscious from Emily s head bashing When Emily yells at her to leave, Claudia delivers one of the funnier lines in the book Why Are Republicans caucusing downstairs The house burns, and the story comes to its intermingled, interwoven, climactic end The final chapter has Emily back at the train station This time she steps onto the platform a married woman, with a husband named Tommy, and a daughter named Susanna The house is a charred husk of its former self, the chimney standing as a marker of a twisted tale from a time when Emily has done her best Given the mix of creatives here it s amazing what can be written on a blank slate Stanton s writing is crisp, lush, well researched and well paced Chapters interweave and mingle with satisfying transitions, and plot lines follow well Rich details like a reference to the novelty of electric lights in rooms, attire, citations of historical individuals such as president Harding and other named characters give a strong sense of time Almost allegory, the book has sinking ships, wild animals, a leaving Eden kind of subplot with dying trees, morality plays within various magic acts and rich language from characters who stay true to their voice There may be too many characters for full development of any one of them Some are left hanging Claudia, for example, needed muchunpacking, and Henry should have sharedof his poetry There could have beendialogue between main characters, though at 350 pages in the digital edition, the book is farepic than short story, so each role was a bit limited The relationships between Susanna and Emily, and Susanna and Rose Cornelius are somewhat blurry, with a homoerotic element that could have been explored better, and been a very satisfying sub plot because of it Emily s figurine has the makings of a fine objective correlative, a device which could have been used to much advantage, but appears only at the margins There s much use of symbolism in the book, a lot of which could require a second reading This is a book that could be re read, each pass revealingandBlank Slate Boarding House for Creatives is a rich, rewarding period piece, well crafted historical fiction and very satisfying.Byron Edgington, author ofThe Sky Behind Me, a Memoir of Flying and Life ^DOWNLOAD BOOK ✖ The Blank Slate Boarding House for Creatives ☝ An epic battle between psychological manipulation and natural magic unfolds as Perjos, the world s greatest magician, returns to the Blank Slate Boarding House for Creatives to settle old scores The house s newest servant, Emily Turner, must resist the magician s powers alone after her only friend disappears, leaving her to face Perjos as he destroys the lives of the the artists who stay at the Blank Slate The one person left to help Emily stop Perjos is Old Ted who lives in the forest, but his world and our world is forever changed by a tree plague that devastates the forests The Blank Slate welcomes believers and skeptics alike in this dark and richly layered tale of historical magical realism, inviting the question What is Magic and What is Reality