Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Dementional Book Tour: Book Review

Today I have the pleasure of introducing and reviewing a wonderful author, Tonya Cannariato.  I invite you to try out the intriguing blend of science fiction and romance that is contained in Dementional.  My thoughts are below.  Be sure to explore the array of guest posts, interviews, and other events that are part of Tonya's tour, as these activities are a great way to learn more about an author and their work.  So without further delay, lets explore the dimensions of Dementional! ;)

About Dementional:

Mark Inman has two loves: particle physics and Sarah. She agrees to become his wife at the same time his experiment to find the Higgs boson goes off the rails.

Journey with Mark while his existence melts and reforms in unpredictable ways as the veils between realities thin. His exploration of the minutiae of quantum physics builds a fascinating tapestry of alternate universes.

His search for survival, and the search for meaning and what is real, drive Mark as he experiences lives he never dreamed possible. His only touchstones: find Sarah and find his way home.

My Review of Dementional:
Dementional is a book whose title embraces it in a perfect way.  The story is truly about dimensions throughout, both in an interior, personal sense, and in a fascinating scientific sense.

I have always found it interesting how the worlds of the metaphysical and the scientific are drawing closer to closer, especially when it comes to areas such as quantum physics and string theory.  There are real scientific foundations for the possibility of multiple planes of existence, as well as the endurance of consciousness in a non-physical state.

Tony Cannariato takes these ideas and fuses them into a story that has well-developed characters, depth, and vision.  It is not often that you find a novel that can work both as a science fiction tale AND a romance, but Dementional walks that line elegantly.

The story is told from a first-person POV, involving a scientist named Mark who is working on a very advanced scientific project involving dark matter. At the same time that he is about to wed the love of his life, Sarah.  Something goes awry, and he finds himself in another body that is a version of himself, in a place where there is another Sarah.

What follows is quite an adventure, one that brings him into other dimensions and causes him to experience an array of perspectives.  Some are similar to the human existence he is used to, and others are quite different.  Readers are in for a real adventure as Tonya brings to life a number of worlds and modes of being.  I do not wish to tell you what you will encounter, as her imagination is extraordinary when it comes to the various incarnations of Mark.

Tonya weaves in some powerful emotion during this sequence with flows of love and loss, in the way that a vivid dream that one wishes to stay in can become painfully ephemeral.  Her prose is solid, and she demonstrates the kind of vocabulary that graces Dementional with a literary edge.

I found the prologue to have a little awkwardness to it, something that might cause some readers to hesitate or balk at first.  Any reader such as this would be well-advised to continue forward, for the book settles into a nice track and keeps moving until the wonderful finale.

Dementional is a highly satisfying read, both entertaining and thought-provoking.  A solid 4 stars!  Tonya Cannariato is an author you would be well-advised to keep an eye on!

About the Author: 

A voracious reader since she was a toddler, and an ordained spiritualist, Tonya Cannariato has now presided over the marriage of her love of reading and her love of writing. She’s lived a nomadic life, following first her parents in their Foreign Service career through Africa, Europe, and Asia, and then her own nose criss-crossing America as she’s gotten old enough to make those choices for herself. She’s currently based in Milwaukee with her three loves: her husband and two Siberian Huskies. She suspects her Huskies of mystical alchemy with their joyous liberation of her muse and other magical beings for her inspiration. She loves to sleep, to watch her interesting dreams, some of which are now finding new life in written form.

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Dementional TOUR DATES – Nov 1 - Nov 18

11/5 - A Few Words - Guest Post
11/6 - Babs Book Bistro - Excerpt
11/7 - Darlene’s Book Nook - Guest Post
11/8 - Seventh Star Press Blog - Review
11/9 - Fighting Monkey Press - Review
11/9 - The Cabin Goddess - Interveiw and Recipe
11/10 - Night Owl Reads - Character Interview
11/10 - Lauries Thoughts and Reviews - Guest Post
11/11 - From the Bootheel Cotton Patch - Character Post
11/12 - Library Girl Reads - Excerpt
11/13 - Author Interrupted - Guest Post
11/6 - Broadcast from the Bistro - Podcast (7:30pm Eastern)
11/13 - {Dive} Under the Cover - Review
11/14 - Book in the Bag - Interview/Review
11/14 - Reading Away the Days - Guest Post

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for review from First Rule Publicity from the author as part of a virtual book tour. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for hosting this tour stop and for your generous review of my book.