This is a beautiful, illustrated short fables about the power of stories.
The magical realism and storytelling details will draw fantasy readers, who will find meaty substance and enough Britishisms to lend flavor. While the conclusion is entirely logical, it's unexpected and will spark discussion, challenging readers to reflect on the nature of both stories and reality.
Eren will both satisfy and excite your imagination.
Dark, moody and easy to get lost in, Eren is a great book that makes audiences really wonder about the power of a good story.
Savvy readers and would-be writers will love this exploration of story as an art form, a panacea, and an endless part of life.
A sinister debut novel . . . A chilling read reminiscent of Patrick Ness's books, Clark's novel will appeal to those who enjoy their fiction dark and disturbing.
Eren is a sophisticated look at truth and lies and the area inbetween inhabited by stories. On the other, it's a simple tale of a family in crisis. You're never quite sure what to believe and it never quite feels that the ground is steady beneath your feet. It takes skill to juggle all these balls and still involve the reader to such an extent they can't put your book down, but Clark carries it off with aplomb. This is storytelling at its best.
Sure to appeal to older readers with a taste for the dark side, and probably to adults as well . . . This is an impressive debut from young author Simon P. Clark, who doesn't shy away from pushing his story to its darkest reaches. The ending will leave you shell-shocked.
Offering a spiral of stories within stories, this atmospheric first novel features a boy searching for truth, who gets sidetracked by a remarkable discovery. Echoing the surreal quality and settings of David Almond's books, this novel adeptly mixes fantasy with reality and leaves some pressing questions unanswered.
Eren caught my attention from the very first page. I really enjoyed it. Sure-footed, distinctive, strange, poetic. Simon P. Clark is a truly interesting new voice.
Clark's novel can be placed in the company of David Almond's Skellig or Patrick Ness's A Monster Calls. It has all the elements of a great mystery, with some magical realism thrown in for good measure. This debut novel is truly wonderfully crafted. Poor Oli is a likable kid, and readers will connect with him immediately. Will Oli continue the story until the end, or will he stop before it is too late? Clark's haunting tale will leave you asking who needs whom more, the storyteller or the listener.
If you let the story in, let Eren in, I think you'll be delighted and horrified by the inevitable conclusion.