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‘Tale Of The Music Thief’ by Earl T. Roske

Gerritt huddled up to the small crystal heater of his meager lodgings which gave off the weakest hints of warmth. The heat crystals inside were old and, by his reckoning, had probably been moved from the more luxurious rooms on the lower floors of the inn and placed here in the cheaper rooms. His chair wobbled as he shifted to warm his hands and that only persisted in reminding him how rotten his life had become.

Fantasy isn’t a genre that I tend to read on a regular basis, unless as a specific review request. However the premise for ‘Tale Of The Music Thief’, offers such a unique and interesting storyline, that I was just too intrigued to pass up the review offer from its author, Earl T.Roske.

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As this was an invitation to read and review, a complimentary Kindle download and PDF document of ‘Tale Of The Music Thief’, was gifted to me, by its author, Earl T. Roske.

 This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog article I may post. Any thoughts or comments are my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.


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    • Hi Sandra,

      Fantasy isn’t a genre of book that I would go out and buy for myself, however I don’t like to turn down author review requests, unless the synopsis for the book is right out of the ballpark. The couple of fantasy review requests I have accepted, have been remarkably good and have opened my mind to the possibilities that the genre has to offer.

      I must admit that it didn’t take long for me to make up my mind about ‘The Music Thief’, as I was just so intrigued by the originality of the synopsis, so I am hoping for good things when I get to read it.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, I appreciate it and have a good weekend.

    • Hi Page,

      Welcome to Fiction Books and thanks for stopping by today. I love meeting new people and will always value and appreciate your visits and comments.

      As you will probably have gathered, fantasy is not one of my all time favourite genres, however, such is the power of the blogging and review community, that it is becoming more and more a part of my reading schedule.

      The synopsis for this book was what had me hooked right from the word go and I am dying to see just how author Earl T. Roske, deals with the concept of a world with no music in it!

      Have a great weekend and enjoy your current read.

  • I definitely like this beginning! I’m a massive fantasy fan and the mention of inns and warming crystals has got my fantasy-senses tingling! The cover reminds me a bit of The Book Thief! I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Enjoy your weekend!
    My Friday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

    • Hi Juli,

      Not being much of a fantasy buff myself, at the moment I can’t appreciate what it is that you might be getting so excited about … so I am hoping that some of your vibes rub off on me, when I start reading the book.

      I have to admit to being one of the few people who have never read ‘The Book Thief’, although your comment prompted me to check it out and it is definitely now on my TBR list. There are quite a few cover versions for the book and whilst I can see the connection you might have made with the Amazon cover version, I was left wondering at the interpretation of the cover artist who designed the cover featured on Goodreads!

      Thanks for stopping by and for your interesting comments. Have a good weekend.

  • I don’t read a great deal of fantasy, either, but the premise AND the opening lines of this book sound quite interesting. I look forward to your full review!

    I’m still reading The Black Cat by Martha Grimes. Here’s the opening:

    “It was already in the bloody London tabloids, the case not yet three days old and his own face plastered all over the paper when it was really Thames Valley police, and not the Met, not he, who owned the case.”

    • Hi Kelly,

      I don’t listen to much music, however I can’t imagine a world without it, so I am intrigued by the synopsisof ‘Tale Of The Music Thief’. Also, crystal seems to be pretty central to the storyline, so I am interested in what exactly that is all about!

      You keep teasing me with this Martha Grimes book, which sounds so good. Both of us know that I am not going to hold out for much longer under the continued pressure and that the series is going to hit my TBR list, although I am determined that if that should happen, then I will read the books in order.

      Thanks for sharing your lines and commenting on my post. Have a good weekend.

      • Despite my disappointment with her later books, I’ve been reminded how much I love Richard Jury, Melrose Plant and all the other “characters” in the series. Definitely start from the beginning should you decide to read her books!

        And for the record, I’ve added Tale of the Music Thief to my wishlist. 😉

    • Hi Gautami,,

      These are good descriptive opening sentences, aren’t they? If the rest of the book is written in the same way, I shall be more than happy!

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your comments.

    • Hi Tea,

      Luckily for me, the fantasy books I have read, have all been pretty good. The problem is, I see so many fantasy books and series advertised, which just don’t look or sound like my cup of tea at all and I am sure that I am going to come across one such book in my reading schedule sooner or later. I therefore try to be very selective with those books in the genre which I choose to review.

      Thanks for taking the time to contribute to the discussion and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

    • Hi Jo,

      If you like fantasy, I should think that ‘Tale Of the Music Thief’ would offer you a unique and interesting storyline, with one of the main protagonists being called ‘Allegra’, which is the feminine of ‘Allegro’, a musical term.

      If you should decide to add this one to your reading list, I hope that you enjoy it.

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I always enjoy good descriptive writing, no matter what genre of book I am reading.

      Words which enable me to visualize what the characters are not only doing, but which also offer a sense of what they are feeling, will always have me hooked.

      Thanks for your valued comments and for stopping by. I hope that you are having a good weekend.

  • Given my fascination with crystals I’d definitely read this.

    I’ve finally got around to reading the final book in the Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood series, Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris.

    ‘The New Orleans businessman, whose gray hair put him in his fifties, was accompanied by his much younger and taller bodyguard/chauffeur on the night he met the devil in the French Quarter.

    • Hi Tracy,

      It sounds as though crystals are quite an important part of this story, not only in the featured first lines, but also, according to the synopsis, in the climax of the storyline as the final acts are played out.

      Is your interest in crystals purely relevant to your fantasy reading experiences, or do you also have an interest in healing crystals? One of my brother’s ex neighbours used to practise crystal healing from her home studio, although neither he, nor any of his family, believed strongly enough in its powers, to give it a try.

      I have never read any Charlaine Harris books, for no other reason than that I have simply never had the time and there are so many other novels and series out there, which would probably be more to my liking.

      The image of the taller, younger colleague, has much more appeal. However, given that I am quite vertically challenged (SHORT!!) and well into my 50s, I guess that I shouldn’t be looking any further than the grey haired businessman, although that’s okay by me.

      Thanks for sharing your first lines and for the interesting comments. I hope that you had a good weekend, mine was quite hectic, but very nice.

  • After reading that snippet, I do wonder what is going on with Gerritt. Enjoy the book! The most fantasy I’ve read was JRR Tolkien’s LOTRings books and Harry Potter.

    • Hi Naida,

      Actually, the fantasy titles you mention as having read, will serve as a great example of just how recent a convert I am to selected reading in the genre, as I have never read any of these classic books, nor watched the films!

      We have friends who consider that I am not much of a serious reader as I have never read these important ‘fantasy’ classics and in fact they own a King Charles Spaniel they have named Frodo, after Frodo Baggins in LOTR!

      It wouldn’t do if we were all the same, would it?

      Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

    • Hi Stephanie,

      Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I always enjoy meeting new people, so your visits will always be welcome and your comments and views valued and appreciated.

      For me, the first lines of a book are important, as they can set both the scene for the entire storyline and also the ensuing quality of writing.

      If the first lines of a book weren’t necessarily the best, I wouldn’t generally give up on it, but I would be looking for some distinct improvement pretty early on in the story.

      However I don’t generally give up on a book once I have started it, there would have to be something horrendously bad with a storyline or writing technique for that to happen.

      I do admit that I am a sucker for descriptive writing, of the kind which paints a picture as I read, so that I can visualise myself there, as part of the story.

      I don’t generally place too much emphasis on cover art and images, although I do prefer the cover to be relevant and a part of the overall storyline.

      I hope that your week is shaping up to be a good one!

  • I think the title of this one alone attracts readers. Intrigue and music are a good combination.

    There’s something in the premise of this one that echoes The Eyre Affair for me, only in those books there are literary thieves who go into books to change plots, destroy characters, etc. literally changing literary history. The idea of music being stolen is fascinating.

    • Hi Hila,

      Another commenter thought that perhaps ‘Tale Of The Music Thief’ might bear a passing similarity to ‘The Book Thief’ and whilst I could see where she was going with the thought, your own echoes of ‘The Eyre Affair’, I believe to be much more relevant.

      The idea of a literary thief is somehow a much more heinous a crime than that of a music thief, although it will be interesting to see just how well ‘The Music Thief’ is written, as although its average ratings appear quite high, there are many reviewers who have been very critical about the execution of ‘The Eyre Affair’.

      Thanks for putting so much thought into your response.

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