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Alex Sager's Demon: Pushkin's Nemesis ❮Reading❯ ➽ Alex Sager's Demon: Pushkin's Nemesis ➶ Author Lucinda Elliot – Thomashillier.co.uk What if fictional characters were alive in another dimension, and one came through to this one When young aspiring model Natalie Nicholson meets best selling writer Alex Sager, he falls for her instan What if fictional characters were alive in another Demon: Pushkin's MOBI ô dimension, and one came through to this one When young aspiring model Natalie Nicholson meets best selling writer Alex Sager, he falls for her instantly Still, he has a few problems, not the least being that he is haunted by his own Alex Sager's ePUB ½ characterThe jaded rake Ivan Ostrowski emerges from his own reality, seeking revenge on the so called creator who has imposed a series of unhappy love affairs on him Besides, Ostrowski has seen Natalie from afar, and now wildly infatuated with her, schemes to draw her back with him into his own Sager's Demon: Pushkin's PDF/EPUB ✓ world Natalie is unwillingly drawn into a nightmare situation which few can credit Alex himself cannot believe as his closest friend insists that he has brought this situation about through insulting a sinister being known as The Magus at an Ouija board session many years ago He refuses to credit the increasing parallels between his own life and that of his idol Pushkin, the great poet of Tsarist Russia, whose life was tragically cut short through a duel over his wife But even Alex has to admit, Natalie strongly resembles Pushkin s Natalya, and Ivan Ostrowski certainly wants a battle to the death Natalie enlists the help of two New Age gurus, only to realise that the handsome and unscrupulous Ivan Ostrowski is enticing the woman into becoming his dupe Meanwhile, she senses that Alex is hurtling towards destruction, and dreads that Ostrowski will draw her into his own world.


10 thoughts on “Alex Sager's Demon: Pushkin's Nemesis

  1. Carol Carol says:

    Lucinda very kindly gave me a copy of this in return for an honest review and I was not disappointed.This story is part ghost, part love and part historical Aleks Sagen is a writer and finds that one of his characters, Ivan has come to life and has fallen in love with Natalie, Aleks girlfriend I fell in love with Aunt Sally and her painting turbin.I loved the ending and can see this made into a film A highly recommended author to read


  2. Mari Biella Mari Biella says:

    If you Ghouls have visualised violence and suffering for what you see as your creations, for the sake of drama you must press on and depict it Truly, you act as gods Treading similar ground to Asimov s short story Author Author , Aleks Sager s Daemon is constructed around a premise that will probably strike many writers as being wonderful, terrifying, or both what if one of your characters were able to step out of the pages of your work, and into your everyday world What if the being who h If you Ghouls have visualised violence and suffering for what you see as your creations, for the sake of drama you must press on and depict it Truly, you act as gods Treading similar ground to Asimov s short story Author Author , Aleks Sager s Daemon is constructed around a premise that will probably strike many writers as being wonderful, terrifying, or both what if one of your characters were able to step out of the pages of your work, and into your everyday world What if the being who had hitherto existed solely in your mind suddenly began to exist in actual fact Would you welcome the chance to meet your creature, andimportantly, perhaps would your creature welcome the chance to meet you Would your character thank you for creating him or her, or hate you for it This is the problem that faces successful author Aleks Sager when his protagonist, Ivan Ostrowski whom he has tormented mercilessly, if fictionally steps out of the pages of his novel, and straight into Sager s glamorous world of agents and publishers, models and actors, and socialites and social climbers Ostrowski, enraged and embittered by Sager s treatment of him, is intent on revenge and what better form of revenge than to set himself up as Sager s rival in love The object of both men s affections is Natalie, a beautiful but rather vacant model who, by her own admission, hardly ever reads books, and is therefore, at first sight at least, an unlikely choice of paramour for a writer.Natalie, however, forms one of the many haunting parallels that exist between Sager s life and that of his literary hero, Aleksandr Pushkin the fictional Ivan Ostrowski is a relative of Pushkin s hero, Eugene Onegin Sager s passion for Natalie echoes that of Pushkin for Natalya Nicholaevna Goncharova, a sixteen year old society beauty who would later become his wife Just as in the case of Sager and Natalie, the match raised both eyebrows and questions was Goncharova Pushkin s redeemer, or his downfall Was she a good wife in the traditional sense, or not Readers new to Pushkin need not worry about these parallels the Pushkin connection is never laboured or heavy handed, and Elliott provides explanatory notes at the end, including a short biography of Pushkin Indeed, for a novel that owes much of its inspiration to the life of the Russian Shakespeare , Aleks Sager s Daemon is remarkably un laboured The first few pages alone are indicative of this, describing a sexual encounter with hilarious if occasionally painful honesty, and an absolute lack of romantic idealism There How about There Is That it He doesn t see the humour in the situation His tone of irritation held just in check guarantees that it isn t There or There or Anywhere I imagine that many a female reader will be nodding and smiling at this point.Sager himself is cheeky, complex, arrogant, charming, and occasionally cruel He wins the reader over just as he gradually wins over an initially unimpressed Natalie Natalie herself becomes a deeper andsympathetic character as her life is altered irrevocably by Sager s love and Ostrowski s terrifying intrusion into her world By the time their story reaches its terrible climax those parallels with Pushkin, remember we re rooting for them and we re saddened by what happens to them Aleks Sager s Daemon is a rich, clever, satisfying exploration of the relationship between the creature and the creator, of the interdependent nature of literary texts, and of the multi layered nature of reality If you re a reader, you ll probably appreciate it on that basis alone If you re a writer, you may find that it raises a few interesting questions about the misery you occasionally inflict upon your characters You don t need to worry, of course your characters only exist in your own mind, and don t really suffer or do they


  3. Emily Emily says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I think I m finding it hard to talk about this book because it was so many things at once a bit of romance, a bit of horror, a bit of historical fiction Yes, I really liked it as Goodreads tells me 4 stars equals , but if I only wrote that this would be a crappy review.With my favorite books, I find myself thinking about them when I finish or when I m not reading them Not necessarily about the characters though sometimes , but mostly about the ideas This books leaves me doing just that.Br I think I m finding it hard to talk about this book because it was so many things at once a bit of romance, a bit of horror, a bit of historical fiction Yes, I really liked it as Goodreads tells me 4 stars equals , but if I only wrote that this would be a crappy review.With my favorite books, I find myself thinking about them when I finish or when I m not reading them Not necessarily about the characters though sometimes , but mostly about the ideas This books leaves me doing just that.Briefly, this book is about a writer whose character comes to life a little bit of Pygmalion and Galatea and tries to seduce the writer s love interest In that regard, it reminded me a bit of the 1980s movies Electric Dreams a man s computer falls in love with the owner s girlfriend and Making Mr Right an android made to look just like his creator falls in love with the creator s co worker This is what I mean about my favorite books being the ones that make me think about the ideas and how different stories told similar things differently And any book that makes me think back to fun 1980s movies is a winner, IMHO In the storytelling, I really enjoyed Elliot s attention to detail Often when I read, I just don t care how characters look But Elliot s descriptions of her characters were very vivid and made me giggle on occasion Same with descriptions of setting Well, places aren t really funny though, so no giggling there Yes, I laugh at people s appearances Yes, I m a bad person Additionally, the book talked about things I am ignorant of Pushkin and Buddhist apparitions, for example Thankfully, notes at the end could help fill in the blanks, but even without, I enjoyed that reading this book introduced me to these things that I could then explore I love being given opportunities to learn.Finally, and why I hid my review for spoilers last warning, so leave now if you don t want to be spoiled about the very end I love it when authors kill their characters I have this issue when I get too into a book where I always want to know what happens to the characters next Next being after the book ends So unless it s an endless series, I usually am disappointed in the ending But when main characters die, I m always satisfied That s why I like Shakespeare so much and apparently Pushkin is Russia s Shakespeare.edit I ve edited my review to five stars Upon reflection, I couldn t really articulate why it was missing that last star And I think it wasme than anything about the book I really didn t like one of the main characters, but I didn t think that was a reason not to grant the last star I think if anything it shows Elliot s talent as a writer to create characters with depth


  4. Anne Carlisle Anne Carlisle says:

    Five Enthusiastic Stars for Aleks Sager s Daemon I love the arrivals departures theme of this new book by Lucinda Elliot, one of my favorite UK writers It is original and densely crafted, a suspenseful, contemporary 80s and 90s paranormal romance that dips into demonology and the distant literary past I recommend it to literary and genre readers alike Initially I was so turned off by Charley, the shallow human who is on and off with our heroine Natalie, a lovely, voluptuous London model Five Enthusiastic Stars for Aleks Sager s Daemon I love the arrivals departures theme of this new book by Lucinda Elliot, one of my favorite UK writers It is original and densely crafted, a suspenseful, contemporary 80s and 90s paranormal romance that dips into demonology and the distant literary past I recommend it to literary and genre readers alike Initially I was so turned off by Charley, the shallow human who is on and off with our heroine Natalie, a lovely, voluptuous London model hooked on sausage rolls, that I was eager to meet the competition He is a daemon And what a daemon Aleks Sager is vivid, complex, likeable, and even vulnerable as a struggling writer, which doesn t make him any less paranormal Is he dangerous Smitten with Natalie s Pre Raphaelite looks and fluid mind, Aleks finds himself literally and figuratively chasing her through the dark streets of their desperately fashionable demi monde world, which is inhabited by wannabe models, agents, writers, and actors, who run into each other, hit on each other, and leave each other at parties The setting never slows the pace it is gorgeously cinematic Lucinda handles all characterization with sure, deft touches When we first meet Aleks, he is agonizing over his hate mail and his love life Demonic physical traits are dropped in subtly As he buttons his shirt over the mat of hair on his chest, leaving the two top buttons undone if you re as hairy as he is then the only thing to do is to flaunt it he pulls a wry face, glancing down at those long nails The archaic spelling of daemon and references to Pushkin make me want to knowabout demonology and the author who was the Russian equivalent of Shakespeare My curiosity is satisfied by elements of synchronicity and helpful ending notes Lucinda also has an original way of handling the language Take the capital letter in these sentences, which describe a human s foreplay that fails to do the job There How about There Is That It He doesn t see the humour in the situation His tone of irritation just held in check guarantees that it isn t There or There or Anywhere Ingenious and hilarious.Is Aleks Sager s daemon bad or good for Natalie The paranormals and humans get sorted out The tension escalates on several fronts, and my interest in the twists and turns in the relationship triangle never lets up I read the book in one day, and my mind was blown by the ending Next stop for this book should be a London or Hollywood screen treatment


  5. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    I really loved this book part mystery, part ghost story, part love story, part action thriller From the first page, I was involved and intrigued, and many hours were lost in this supernatural world set in both modern day London and the last century I believe the author has touched upon an idea that is mesmerizing not only to other writers but avid readers as well The idea Of a fictional character coming to life Actually tearing himself out of the pages of a story and forcing his way into t I really loved this book part mystery, part ghost story, part love story, part action thriller From the first page, I was involved and intrigued, and many hours were lost in this supernatural world set in both modern day London and the last century I believe the author has touched upon an idea that is mesmerizing not only to other writers but avid readers as well The idea Of a fictional character coming to life Actually tearing himself out of the pages of a story and forcing his way into the real world, bent on revenge Motivated by Gothic dark passions of obsessive love and hate as it is a disembodied Heathcliff Who out there who has ever read or written a book is not able to think of a character he she would love to meet, face to face A compelling concept.The creator of this problem is Aleks Sager, a protagonist who begins as almost an anti hero, yet soon he reveals just how sweet and loveable he truly is He will go to great lengths to protect the woman he loves from the dangerous character he wrote into life.Elliot writes beautifully, visually, so that the reader is caught up in the smells, the textures, the food and lights and life of London Each scene is immediate, vividly drawn, filled with sensory details There sshe s a master at characterization I LOVED the way Aleks and his best mate, Rick, banter and curse at each other, and poor Natalie s vapid thoughts, and the wonderful Aunt Sally Then she brings in the scary, paranormal element, which includes, yes, an ouija board Elliot never fails to include humor in her stories, a dry, tongue in cheek look at the foibles of humanity.Perhaps it s inevitable that a modern day woman falls in love with this romantic figure from old Russia Their scenes together are so animated, as are all the scenes, really, that I began to think what a wildly popular movie this story would make Ivan Ostrowski, the character dragged from fiction into reality, isenticing than any zombie or vampire out there.Enthusiastically recommended


  6. Jo Danilo Jo Danilo says:

    From the hilariously honest start which I loved , all the way to the end, this book is full of surprises Lucinda is clever with her ideas, and clever at manipulating her audience The main character, Aleks, is not the most likeable man at first He s not particularly attractive, seems to think he s above everyone, and is cringingly relentless in his pursuit of Natalie, a beautiful model But as he wins Natalie over, he also wins the reader over Natalie is the same, though a littleendea From the hilariously honest start which I loved , all the way to the end, this book is full of surprises Lucinda is clever with her ideas, and clever at manipulating her audience The main character, Aleks, is not the most likeable man at first He s not particularly attractive, seems to think he s above everyone, and is cringingly relentless in his pursuit of Natalie, a beautiful model But as he wins Natalie over, he also wins the reader over Natalie is the same, though a littleendearing, sweet but a little vacant in her thoughts Again, she grows through her relationship with Aleks They find each other and the reader finds them at the same time.The parallels between Aleks and his muse, Pushkin are always there, and even though I knew nothing about Pushkin s amazing life, I could appreciate the story as it progressed, and enjoyed readingabout Pushkin at the end The plot was entertaining and the writing carried me through easily Again, what impresses me with Lucinda s writing, is her brilliant knack at creating well rounded characters Even the minor characters have their strengths and weaknesses and are solid human beings Aunt Sally was a particular favourite with her painting turban and love of the macabre Another good read


  7. Kel Crist Kel Crist says:

    I was provided a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review Aleks Sager s Daemon by Lucinda Elliot his curse worked backward as well as forwards because time is circular, not linear Rick says to Aleks in reference to an evil curse placed upon them by the malicious Magus Aleks Sager is a rather interesting man, whose life seems to emulate Pushkin In this historical fiction meets ghost story, Miss Lucinda Elliot creates this amazing set of characters that seem to run amuck I was provided a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review Aleks Sager s Daemon by Lucinda Elliot his curse worked backward as well as forwards because time is circular, not linear Rick says to Aleks in reference to an evil curse placed upon them by the malicious Magus Aleks Sager is a rather interesting man, whose life seems to emulate Pushkin In this historical fiction meets ghost story, Miss Lucinda Elliot creates this amazing set of characters that seem to run amuck and get in all sorts of trouble To be completely honest with you all, I didn t get hooked in this book until I was about 30% through Up until that point, I was just kinda muddling through, but once I got sucked in that was it I loved the romance between Natalie and Aleks I even liked the romance between Ivan and Claribelle as odd as it was, him being the character and all you have to read the story to get it What sealed the deal for me is the humor In the middle of this paranormal mystery is humor, action, human kindness and even hope This tale isn t for everyone, but I do believe that those that pick this up will enjoy it


  8. Julie Gustafson-Monk Julie Gustafson-Monk says:

    Reviewed on behalf of 2 Girls Who Love Books BlogI wasn t sure what to expect going into this book, but I was curious about how it would pan out Alex Sager s Demon was a good read, but a little confusing for me Historical romance isn t my typical read and that may have affected my response to it ASD is a paranormal, mystery, romance and horror type book The story tended to jump around a lot and the over abundance of characters had me losing track at times Overall, though, the primary charac Reviewed on behalf of 2 Girls Who Love Books BlogI wasn t sure what to expect going into this book, but I was curious about how it would pan out Alex Sager s Demon was a good read, but a little confusing for me Historical romance isn t my typical read and that may have affected my response to it ASD is a paranormal, mystery, romance and horror type book The story tended to jump around a lot and the over abundance of characters had me losing track at times Overall, though, the primary characters were fantastic Alex was my favorite I really enjoyed seeing how much he loved and cared for Natalie The humor in this was pretty good An author s fictional character comes to life in ASD and takes interest in the writer s woman The concept and story line were good I am sure that if I could follow the story a little easier I would have given a better rating


  9. Jenn Roseton Jenn Roseton says:

    Great Book I really enjoyed this novel It s part love story, part literary novel, part historical novel It s about a writer called Aleks Sager who writes a bestseller based on an imaginary character inspired by one of Alexander Pushkin s works But when this character comes to life, Aleks has a problem.The character, Ivan, is in love with Aleks new girlfriend and will stop at nothing to win her Throw in two New Age gurus who try to help, only one of them falls in love with Ivan, a duel and a Great Book I really enjoyed this novel It s part love story, part literary novel, part historical novel It s about a writer called Aleks Sager who writes a bestseller based on an imaginary character inspired by one of Alexander Pushkin s works But when this character comes to life, Aleks has a problem.The character, Ivan, is in love with Aleks new girlfriend and will stop at nothing to win her Throw in two New Age gurus who try to help, only one of them falls in love with Ivan, a duel and a Ouija board, and you have a well written story that is hard to put down I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review


  10. Virginia Lee Virginia Lee says:

    This is the first book I am reading from this author and she did not disappoint With a twist of paranormal and horror story that does keep you reading the story until the end Alek s is author that can truly state that he is being stalking by his character Ivan What is Alek s to do with his stalking problem that is not a normal thing in the world While Alek s has fallen for the beautiful model Natalie, they are one that will use this love to create some mischief in their lives The tension ke This is the first book I am reading from this author and she did not disappoint With a twist of paranormal and horror story that does keep you reading the story until the end Alek s is author that can truly state that he is being stalking by his character Ivan What is Alek s to do with his stalking problem that is not a normal thing in the world While Alek s has fallen for the beautiful model Natalie, they are one that will use this love to create some mischief in their lives The tension keeps rising between creator and creation on several fronts, and the twists and turns in this relationship triangle seems to never lets up Who will win Natalie in the end Recommend this book if looking great Horror storiesHow would you describe the plot of this book some twistWhich of these words best describes the mood Suspenseful How would you describe the pace steadyHow would you describe the characters developed I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review


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