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#TuesdayBookBlog THREE THINGS SERIAL STORY by Teagan Geneviene (@teagangeneviene) Light, fun, and dynamic, recommended to those with an adventurous and playful spirit #Bookreview

Hi all:

It is my pleasure to bring you the review of a book by a fellow blogger known and loved by all of us (and if you haven’t met her yet, this is the perfect opportunity).

I have talked about Teagan Geneviene before (please, do not miss the chance to be a character in her new serial. Come and play the fairy name game, here!) and I was lucky enough to win a paperback copy of her newest book and after being separated from the book by my travels I managed to catch up with it and….

Three Things Serial Story by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene
Three Things Serial Story by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

Three Things Serial Story: A Little 1920s Story by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

The Three Things Serial Story is a spontaneously written (“pantser”) story. Everything in it — characters, setting, plot, was driven by “things” left by readers of the blog Teagan’s Books, episode by episode. Each week readers left three more things. The story evolved according to what those random things inspired. The serial began with an oscillating fan, which brought me the vision of the 1920s setting. The era and narrator continued in two more serials that followed. While it was not great literature, it sure was a fun ride! Many readers asked me to provide the serial as a book, and that’s what I’ve done with this novella. So sit back and enjoy the Three Things Serial.

https://www.amazon.com/Three-Things-Serial-Story-Little/dp/1540698645/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Three-Things-Serial-Story-Little/dp/1540698645/

Teagan Geneviene author

Biography

Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene, a southerner by birth, was “enchanted” by the desert southwest of the USA when she moved there. She had always devoured fantasy novels of every type. Then one day there was no new book readily at hand for reading — so she decided to write one. And she hasn’t stopped writing since.

Her work is colored by her experiences in both the southern states and the southwest. Teagan writes many types of fantasy, from what she likes to call “quest type” fantasy, to urban fantasy, to fantasies with a dash of mystery. Her blog “Teagan’s Books” contains serial stories written according to “things” from viewers.

Major influences include Terry Brooks, David Eddings, Robert Jordan, and Charlaine Harris.

See book trailer videos here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoM-z7_iH5t2_7aNpy3vG-Q?disable_polymer=true

My review:

I was the lucky winner of this book as part of a promotion the author run on her blog, Teagan’s Books and I freely chose to review it.

I have been a follower of the author’s blog for several years, although I was not following her when she wrote this serial. Teagan Geneviene is a fascinating and versatile writer. I have read her novel Atonement, Tennessee (check my review here) that is a magical experience, full of finesse, beauty, and attention to detail, evidently the fruit of a lot of thought, careful planning, research, and revision. On the other hand, she is also able to produce her legendary serials. She starts with an idea, or an image, and asks the readers of her blog to contribute certain elements. These might be things (objects, words, concepts), foods, words related to a certain era… She links each one of the posts to the blog of the contributor, and progressively builds up her story, going wherever the three things (foods, objects, or whatevers) and her imagination take her. Although, as I’ve said before, I wasn’t following the author’s blog when she wrote this serial, I have met the main character, Pip in a later serial and I have followed several others, some with familiar characters and a recent one with different characters, and more in the steampunk style. Unsurprisingly, they have a big following and the authors keeps her followers (and I suspect, herself) guessing where the story is going to go next.

Many of the readers of her blog had asked her to publish the serials in book format and finally, she obliged.

Anybody reading the description of this volume will get a sense of how it came into being. The story has a wonderful sense of time (the jazzy 1920s, brilliant, young, full of flappers, parties, movies, and excitement) and it is told in the first person by Pip, a young woman transplanted from the South to the big city, with a huge imagination and an endless curiosity that gets her involved in all kinds of adventures, including but not limited to: kidnappings, rides in fire trucks, romances, secret coded messages, international intrigues, hidden treasures… Pip also has a wonderful turn of phrase (she never swears, at least not as we understand it, and there is no bad language in the book, although she uses her own expressions that colour her language and readers will come to love) and believes she is a very modern woman, although she is less savvy and cool than she would like to believe.

This is a short novel, quick, fast and full of adventures that will delight readers of all ages and will not offend those worried about bad language, erotica or graphic violence. Although in this format readers do not have access to the wonderful images, fruit of the author’s research, which illustrate her blog posts, it does offer continuity and an easier to follow story that will keep readers on their toes. It has elements of historical fiction, of mystery (although not by design, it could fit into the cozy mystery category), and a few touches of romance (or rather, romantic interest).

Although this work is too short to fully demonstrate the author’s abilities, it does give the readers a taste of her sense of fun and adventure, and it introduces a character that will become a close friend in series to come. As an exercise, I would suggest you try and put yourselves in the author’s shoes and every time you start to read a new chapter, headed by the three things, try and imagine how you would use those three words to continue the tale. I am sure you’ll be even more amazed at the story.

The author is working on turning some of her other serials into books, so if you enjoy this one, there are more delights to come your way. And, do not forget to check Atonement, Tennesse.

Recommended to anybody looking for a light, fun, and dynamic story set in the 1920s, particularly those with an adventurous and playful spirit.

Thanks very much to the author for her book, thanks to all of you for reading and remember to like, share, comment, click and REVIEW!

 

By OlgaNunez

I was born in Barcelona and after living in the UK for many years have now returned home. I teach English, volunteer at Sants 3 Ràdio, a local radio station, I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often.
I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links.
My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

61 replies on “#TuesdayBookBlog THREE THINGS SERIAL STORY by Teagan Geneviene (@teagangeneviene) Light, fun, and dynamic, recommended to those with an adventurous and playful spirit #Bookreview”

Hi Olga… so great top “see” Teagan featured here… She is a great writer: I agree with you… and I have always felt she has a wonderful ability when it comes to depict characters…. almost from a pscychological point of view… Great post. Wishing you a beautiful week, dear Olga! 😀

Thanks very much. She is and you’re right about her psychological insights. And she has a wonderful imagination. Many thanks!

Dear Aquileana, you are so kind. What you said means a lot to me. From the time I was ten years old I told my parents I wanted to be a psychiatrist. Of course they laughed — my alternate career was helicopter pilot. 😀 The ambition persisted, but I “psychologist” seemed more attainable. I started a bachelor’s degree with that major, finished most of the psychology classes, but not the “core” classes… and that’s where it stopped. However your words make me feel it wasn’t truly a waste if it helped me portray characters. Thanks so much for commenting. Huge hugs.

Truly deserved and the honor is all mine. It is good to help somebody have a good Monday. It can be a bit of a challenge. Looking forward to your new serial!

Thanks, Christoph. I have not only the pleasure of reviewing Teagan’s book but of having a fabulous selection of people leaving comments. My favourites too. Big hugs and love to all the family!

Oh, that’s a good point, Olga. Robbie, I try to make my stories “for grownups” but I don’t go to extremes with sex, violence, or language. I mostly leave any religion or politics out of the picture too (unless it’s something I’ve made up for a fantasy story).

I remember parts of this from Teagan’s blog, and I enjoyed it immensely. Such a refreshingly original idea, in a literary universe so full of similar themes. This stands out indeed, and I wish Teagan every success with it. She is such a nice friendly person, and a really committed blogger too.
Best wishes to you both. Pete.

Thanks, Pete. Yes, it is a great idea and her imagination and skill are close to none. She has started a new serial recently, so you might want to check it out and become one of the fairies…

Pete, thank you so much! I didn’t realize you were keeping up with the serials. I’m pos-i-lutely tickled that you enjoyed it. Your wonderful comment has turned around a difficult “hump day”. (A week of tech problems with WordPress…)
I’ve just started a new serial. Although it’s not a “three things” story, it’s still all out “pantsering”. This time I’m promoting others by revealing a link to the Mystery Folks who gave names to characters.
Great big hug!

Oh, yes. The period and the style, of course. And Teagan has a knack for finding the most amazing images for her blog too. Have a great day, Sarah!

Wonderful seeing Teagan here! I haven’t read this book yet, but I’m a fan of Atonement, Tennessee – still hoping Lilith the cat gets her own book.

An excellent suggestion. I keep pestering Teagan to keep working on Atonement in Bloom and I like your idea. Thanks, Teri! 😉

LOL, Teri I’ve been making excuses for the delay of Atonement in Bloom that I’m embarrassed to even mention it. 😀 If only work didn’t drain both energy and creativity…. Anyhow my point is that Lilith (due to popular demand) has a larger and exciting part in book 2. =^-^=
The serials were something that I could easily pull from my blog (well, fairly easily). Since I’ve been a technical (information technology) for decades, the formatting and editing was actually soothing to me. I hope to “bookize” the second serial soon. I was almost finished… then my cat (and she’s all I have left) got sick. Thankfully Crystal is doing great (for now at least, it was cancer). Now if I could say the same about work…
Huge hugs!

Thanks, John. It was long due but the book and I were separated by postal circumstances, although it made me appreciate it all the more. Thanks for the comment. 🙂

‘Adventurous and playful spirit’ –– check! Lovely review, Olga. Teagan is very creative and imaginative, so the fantasy genre suits her well. Her stories are magical and very entertaining. I have no doubt that I would like this book. It’s on my TBR list. Thank you!

Thanks, Vashti. A fun book that keeps moving at a fast pace. And it’s all the more amazing considering how it came to be. Teagan’s stories always take us to wondrous places and times. I know you also have a great imagination so you might enjoy playing the game and seeing where you’d go with the objects.
Have a lovely week!

Thanks so much. I know you’ve featured often in Teagan’s blog (especially when food became a fundamental feature of the story). She more than deserves the review. Thanks for commenting and I hope you have a most delicious week. 🙂

How absolutely beautiful it is to see this great review for the serial story! Teagan is a talented storyteller so the good review doesn’t surprise me! Thank you Olga for spotlighting her so well here <3

Thanks Christy. Olga has such fantastic writing talent of her own, all on top of her other talents and wonderfully insightful reviews. I’m honored beyond words. My heartfelt thanks for the feature you did today including this review. Endless virtual hugs to you and to Olga. Happy weekend!

And thanks for including the review in your weekly roundup.Teagan’s book deserves it and it’s a great honour to have the post among such a great selection. All the best!

This is an absolutely fabulous review, Olga. I completely agree with the highlights of Teagan’s talents. I love her blog and her writing style. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks, Kev. Sorry, WordPress had hidden your comment under spam. Yes, she deserves all the praise and I’m loving her new series too. 🙂

[…] I have great news! One of my favourite authors and bloggers has just published her new book! Teagan Geneviene has the most amazing blog, where she writes serials including elements contributed by her readers. After much insistence, she has started to collect all this posts and is publishing these fantastic serials to the public at large, so they can read them all in one go. But I’ll let her explain it all. Oh, and if you want to read my review of her previous serial, you can find it here. […]

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