Out of everything I’ve written forthis site so far, this review is by far the most daunting. Siike Donnelly, the brains behind Solestar, is a friend. I’m honored that he included me as a member of the “press” with the ability to review this. Granted, my plan was to write this review prior to the book being released, but since it was released 11 days earlier, I’m a little behind the eight ball. The point of that little ramble is that I’ve been trying to ramp myself up to write this review, because it’s difficult reviewing a friends work, especially if it isn’t very good. Luckily, that’s not the case with this book, and I don’t have to worry about padding any blows. What I am worried about is it sounding like I’m not be impartial in my review. The book has been released, and the luxury of ramp up time has come and gone.
The Adventures of Solestar started it’s life as a Kickstarter project, and was initially released in 2012. In the interest of transparency, when the book was first released, I skimmed through a copy of the book that a friend had purchased. Skimming it was as far as I got. I d idn’t know Siike at the time, and I knew virtually nothing about the book or what its goal was. My reason for not reading it wasn’t because I thought it was bad. It was because I couldn’t wrap my head around the idea that there was a different artist on each page. At the time, it was a distraction for me, but after finally reading it, it is one of the things I enjoyed the most.
Since the book’s initial release, Siike has become an amazing friend. It started off with him simply being a guest on Mad Scientist Party Hour, and through interacting regularly, he’s become someone I talk to regularly and someone I admire tremendously. The reason this is important to the review is because it’s important that you get an idea of the man behind the book. Siike is one of the most warm-hearted, sweetest, most genuine human beings that I’ve ever met. All of those traits come through in this story. Through getting to know Siike, I learned how much work it took for him as an aneurysm survivor to make this story happen. If there’s any one deserving of your admiration, it’s him. He’s overcome so much, he’s doing everything he can to bring awareness to brain aneurysms. He didn’t write this book for fame, glory, or profit. He wrote this book to raise money for the Brain Aneurysm Foundation.
Every page of this book, whether it’s the actual story, or his explanation at the end, is filled with his everything that makes him who he is. In an effort not to spoil too much of the book, the story focuses on the main character, Solestar, spending his last days trying to make sure he’s leaving the world a better place. He manages to find the good in those many consider “Super Villains”. While that sounds like a plot device that’s been used again and again, it’s delivered in a unique way with 150+ artists lending their talents to this book. I’ll admit not all pages were my thing, and I have no problem with admitting that. My dislike for some pages paled in comparison to the pages I loved. I keep trying to find intelligent words to accurately describe The Adventures of Solestar, but I keep coming back to the same thing: Solestar has more heart in its pages than anything I’ve ever read, and that is truly and honestly a reflection of its writer.
Buy “The Adventures of Solestar – Book 1: Give More Than You Take” right now on CreateSpace or through our Amazon link (search Adventures of Solestar). $8 from every copy sold on CreateSpace goes towards the donation being made to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, and $3 from every copy sold on Amazon goes towards those funds.
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