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The Cornerstone by Anne C. Petty

The Cornerstone

by Anne C. Petty

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Unfortunately I did not love this book as much as I wanted to. It had a lot going for it, using tropes I generally enjoy. When done well, I like a dual story line that goes back and forth in time. I also like when historical fact is given an alternate spin. But I just didn't find the characters compelling enough to keep me involved. ( )
  pooks | Feb 2, 2017 |
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2013-07-12: I actually started this a month or two earlier but I got distracted after chapter 1 or the prelude or whatever so I was a little lost at first when I picked it up the other day. The writing just isn't up to snuff in my opinion. I'm not an English major or professional reviewer so I can't put my finger on what's off but it's not grabbing my attention and the text feels more like YA than anything else. I'm not giving up on it yet but I think I'm at chapter 5 or thereabouts and if there's not improvement soon I won't be getting much further.
  Awfki | Sep 4, 2015 |
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The Cornerstone is a spooky novel about a college theater doing a play on Marlowe's Faust. It involves banshees, sacrifices and even Mephistopheles himself. Set in modern times, yet the story begins in ye olde England. This is a great spooky book. ( )
  lesindy | Nov 1, 2014 |
Interesting story. Horror, action, mystery, ghosts, an old theater. Really enjoyed this more than I thought I would by the cover. ( )
  hredwards | May 11, 2014 |
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This was a dark, moody book delving into the Faustian dilemma on several levels. It sets the mood immediately, sending us to 1581 to witness a sinister conjuring and entrapment to serve selfish needs.

In present day, our protagonist, Claire, takes a break from her paramedic job and caring for her ill mother by working with an acting troupe putting on the Faustus play. When she inquires about a wounded and missing actor, she unwittingly gets caught up in a horrifying situation.

I enjoyed this story, and would have loved to see more of the story filled out to give more details and depth into the stories from the past and present. The mysterious stranger, Tom, was interesting and I want to know more of his story. ( )
  leesalogic | Dec 8, 2013 |
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How do you catch a banshee? But more importantly, if you succeed, how can you hope to survive the ordeal? The consequences of such dark magic are high, and if you try to let go once you?ve got that tiger by the tail, it may cost your very soul! Atlanta is a cosmopolitan, theater-going city that supports its fair share of the arts. But when a small theatrical company takes on the production of Christopher Marlowe?s famous play, Dr. Faustus, in the century-old Janus Theater, things don?t go as planned. Unexplained stage effects appear as cast members disappear, accidents seem more than coincidence, and an earthquake splits a busy downtown thoroughfare. Oh, and did we mention the rumored ghost in the basement? Paramedic Claire Porter thinks her volunteer prompter?s job with the company will give her some relief from her stressful day job, and it is fun, at first. But as they say, the Devil is in the details.… (more)

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