Book Reviews

Review: Francesco Augustine Bernadone: A Brief History of Our Tomorrows by Stan Faryna

Book Review ~ Francesco Augustine Bernadone: Stan Faryna’s short, Francesco Augustine Bernadone: A Brief History of Our Tomorrows  (Love & Fear: The Future is Bucharest Book 1) is a dark fantasy RPG Lit that takes place in the not so distant future. While I don’t have a warning per se, I am going to mention it could be classified as a horror as well.

I found the subject matter frightening enough to keep me awake a good portion of the night after reading. It isn’t so much monsters or things that go bump in the night that truly terrify, but rather the possibility that the author’s tale could one day come to pass.

Faryna takes the worst of humanity, amplifies it and makes it a plausible future. I, for one, don’t want to live in a world where the poor sacrifice their lives to have their bodies harvested of all usable parts – all in the hope of loved ones having a chance for a future. It’s also horrible to think of a cure for cancer that no one can afford.

The author earns all four stars in the storyline itself. I have no complaints about the storyline either. In most aspects this is a five star read. Where Faryna falls short is the ending.

In novels, leaving a suspenseful cliff-hanger is common practice. When writing shorts, however, the author needs to carefully lead into another piece or to self-contain the story.  Resolution of some sort, even the promise of one, is so important to readers it cannot be overlooked.

After reading Francesco Augustine Bernadone: A Brief History of Our Tomorrows (Love and Fear: The Future is Bucharest Book 1) I was left wanting to know answers. Bottom line, I wanted to more.

I recommend this short story to anyone looking for a thought provoking read!

Four out of five stars.

Published by C. A. King

C. A. King

C.A. King was born and raised in Halton County. She currently resides in Ontario, Canada with her two sons.

After the loss of her loving parents and husband, Ms. King was devastated. Confronted with depression, she decided to do a bit of soul searching. It was during this time that writing became her passion. She found she was able to redirect her emotions through her writing and in 2014 decided to publish some of her works.

2 thoughts on “Review: Francesco Augustine Bernadone: A Brief History of Our Tomorrows by Stan Faryna”

  1. Stan Faryna says:

    Thanks so much for your kind review! And, yes, I’m working on the next novella.

    Regarding the ending, I’d like to throw my primary editor under the bus. [laughing]. A former university professor of classical literature, she was adamant that a novella must close in such a manner that the reader can imagine whatever they like.

    1. Books & Quills Magazine
      Books & Quills Magazine says:

      Thank you for your comment and for adding a bit more insight to our article. We’re excited about your next novella – keep us updated!

      Literature is incredibly versatile, and one of its greatest virtues is its ability to present itself differently to each individual. One sees the virtue in an open ending and another in an absolute resolution.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *