Wow – since the BookBub promotion I had a surge in reviews – mostly good and a few bad ones – the full range.
Thanks to ALL REVIEWERS – from the bottom of my heart – for taking the time to read and for telling others about it.
I fully agree with the 1* review by the way: I also didn’t like the Tom character from page one, which is why I never wrote him
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, December 29, 2014
Big Apple (New York)
Excellent novel from the author of The Three Nations Trilogy. Fans of Fischer will appreciate the new polish and depth to this work as his writing continues to mature. Readers new to Fischer are in for a treat – expect an intense, well-written character drama that pretty much delivers as described. This is classy, smart literature of the highest standard.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Crazy In Families., December 28, 2014
This book really resonated with me watching what a friend is going through in her own family. The book seemed too real at times and became very heartbreaking, yet that made it a compelling read. the characters were all well-written and challenging. Good book to try.
The story wasn’t over. Although this is well written the story ended abruptly.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Read!, December 28, 2014
What a diverse cast of characters! The very meaning of the word ‘family’ is challenged within this book and it’s an interesting and believable take on how trauma, death and disaster can affect the very foundations of being. A very thoughtful outlook on the bonds and ties of a nuclear family dealing with mental illness, who have plenty of problems and challenges to overcome.
A fascinating read from start to finish!
3.0 out of 5 stars tough situations and their solutions, December 27, 2014
This book has little to do with estranged brothers and more to do with one brother and his odd friends. Nevertheless, I love that there is no foul language. I like that the advice given is sound. BUT… the people say way too much too often without a response from others. It’s like a decent movie with really bad actors. There’s no real emotion or conviction. The characters are simply reading off the lines to get them read. And it’s hard to hear the difference between them when everyone talks exactly the same! Ends abruptly.
4.0 out of 5 stars iT WAS A PRETTY GOOD BOOK, December 27, 2014
iT WAS A PRETTY GOOD BOOK, BUT SEEMED CONFUSING TO ME AT THE BEGINNING TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHO WAS WHO, THE ENDING ALSO LEFT YOU KIND OF UP IN THE AIR. I GUESS I’M A ROMANTIC–I LIKE HAPPY AND FINAL ENDINGS.
A portrait of a dysfunctional family in stressful situations, Conditions spins a rather intense emotional plot with unforgettable characters that seemed real and reminded me of people that I have known in my own life. It’s an interesting look into the relationships within a family. Charles, in particular, made me pause and ponder how it can become so difficult to have empathy toward those we are supposed to love the most. Although the book had a bitter-sweet feel for me, I thoroughly enjoyed it. In my mind, if I finish a book and find myself musing over it’s deeper message later, I call it a wonderful book. Conditions is a wonderful book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Raw!, December 26, 2014
I’m an avid psychology student and I’ve always found family relationships to be intriguing. This book really managed to capture the rawness of life and what experiences can arise from undesired circumstances within the family. It is evident that the author is well-versed in this subject of human emotions and the complexities and intricacies of human relationships. Also, and importantly, the characters are well-drawn and full of life, all in their own shape and form. An interesting read that I am more than happy to give a SOLID 4 star to!
When Charles and Tony’s mother dies the estranged brothers must struggle to pick up the pieces, particularly so given that one of them is mentally challenged and the other bitter about his place within the family.
The conflict is drawn out over materialistic issues, but there are other underlying problems which go to the heart of what it means to be part of a family which, in one way or another. has cast one aside.
Prejudice, misconceptions and the human condition in all forms feature in this contemporary drama revolving around a group of people who attend the subsequent funeral at the British South Coast.
Meet flamboyant gardener Charles, loner Simon, selfless psychic Elaine, narcissistic body-builder Edgar, Martha and her version of unconditional love and many others as they try to deal with the event and its aftermath.
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When advertising executive Erica Whittaker is diagnosed with terminal cancer, western medicine fails her. The only hope left for her to survive is controversial healer Arpan. She locates the man whose touch could heal her but finds he has retired from the limelight and refuses to treat her. Erica, consumed by stage four pancreatic cancer, is desperate and desperate people are no longer logical nor are they willing to take no for an answer. Arpan has retired for good reasons, casting more than the shadow of a doubt over his abilities. So begins a journey that will challenge them both as the past threatens to catch up with him as much as with her. Can he really heal her? Can she trust him with her life? And will they both achieve what they set out to do before running out of time?
Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he now lives in a small hamlet, not far from Bath. He and his partner have three Labradoodles to complete their family.
Christoph worked for the British Film Institute, in Libraries, Museums and for an airline. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ was published in November 2012; ‘Sebastian’ in May 2013 and The Black Eagle Inn in October 2013. “Time To Let Go” , his first contemporary work was published in May 2014, and “Conditions” in October 2014. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.
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