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    Nails Jane is an illustrated post-apocalyptic science fiction novel written by Trista DiGiuseppi and published in 2011 by Six Letter Press.
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    Tommy Estlund rated it 4/5 stars (goodreads)

    Well, this was a totally different book than what I am used to reading. (Non-fiction, history, biographies.)

    However, I did enjoy this. Ms. DiGiuseppi has great tone and style in her writing. It is somewhat reminiscent of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, but not in a way that seems overly derivative.

    There is humor here; there is tension; there is fantasy; almost a magic realism quality to the story that makes you wonder where it's going to go, and what is going to happen. Very readable, I would recommend this to fans of the genre and those who are looking to branch out, like myself, into new reading realms.

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    Wayne Jarman rated it 4/5 (goodreads)

    This Author obviously has a wonderfully different mind. The action starts from the very beginning of the book and it is the Reader’s job to catch up. To challenge the mind of the Reader even more, the Perspective of the story shifts from character to character. This took me a while to master but, again, the reward was in the effort and I found myself very involved in the Story, the underlying Philosophy and the variety of Settings.

    The technique of using Italic print to separate the character’s quick thoughts from the storyline was very enjoyable and created a more solid link with the Character.

    The last chapters of the book reach a frantic pace and I found myself sitting on the lounge until well after midnight so that I could reach the conclusion.

    This is an excellent read and, being this Author’s first book, a good indicator of great things to come.

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    5/5 stars on Amazon
    An Oddly Compelling & Fantastic Journey, January 12, 2012
    By Lindsey B. Goddard

    I am an avid reader, and this is probably the most unique book I've read in a while. It brought me back to my childhood, watching The Neverending Story, and my teenage years, reading the old Greek myths. If you're in the mood for something truly different--perhaps your reading material seems rather humdrum and predictable lately... give this book a shot. "Nails Jane" will force you to think outside the box. Author Trista DiGiuseppi creates worlds within our world. Her story begs the questions: "Just how vast is our universe? Is it endless, always erasing itself and starting anew as time forever spirals, without beginning or end?" This book is well written and worth the $4 it cost me on Kindle. Check it out.

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    5/5 stars on Amazon
    A Beautiful Story Blending Sci-Fi themes with Religion, Philosophy and Fantasy..., November 8, 2012
    By stevetuf

    Apart from this book being a ripping read from the get-go right through to the end, it introduces some fascinating new concepts here. There is fantasy. There is philosophy. And there is a definite departure from themes of conventional religion. Apart from some beautiful hand-drawn illustrations that she created herself, Trista DiGiuseppi uses some advanced devices to illustrate in words the self-discovery of the main protagonist, Ati, a female soldier who turns out to be a creation of a god who has taken animal form. The book is full of mystical fantasy figures and there are some beautifully-crafted scenes on far away planets and in down-to-earth Michigan.

    I promise you will not want to put this book down! It is very compelling and has been created with some highly unconventional writing methods. For example, the way that the main narrator, Ati, transitions through the story, it comes over like a voyage of self-discovery. DiGiuseppi uses a technique of shifting the perspective, that sometimes catches you off-guard. But the sense of the story is quickly regained and lots of the drama is played out between fantasy figures who seem as real as people you would meet on the street. The story is not without its moments of strife too. Ati, dying from her wounds and with a broken arm, scrambles out of a broken spaceship on to a cold unfriendly planet, where she struggles on to find the opening to the mountain. There are touches here of the supernatural and the immortal, but really DiGiuseppi is describing humanity in all its magnificence.

    I am determined that this review shall not be a spoiler! So get the book and read it! I feel sure that whatever you are looking for here will be in it...
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