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Product Details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: H.M. Jones (November 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578132826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578132822
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,982,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

H.M. Jones is the B.R.A.G. Medallion honoree of Monochrome, now published by Booktrope's Gravity Imprint. She has also written the Attempting to Define poetry collection, and is a contributing author to Masters of Time: A Sci-Fi and Fantasy Time Travel Anthology. A best seller only in her mind, Jones pay the electric bill by teaching English courses at Northwest Indian College. She moderates Elite Indie Reads, is the tired mother of two preschoolers, and in her "spare" time weaves, pulls with the Port Gamble S'Klallam Canoe Family, and attempts to deserve her handsome husband, whose lawyering helps pay the rest of the bills. You can find H.M. Jones on Facebook, Twitter (@HMJonesWrites), and her website and blog http://www.hmjones.net.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kay Smillie on July 20, 2015
Format: Paperback
I'm sure this book must've been a form of therapy for the author. I certainly hope so as it made me think a great deal about my life and what I sometimes take for granted.

This is a lesson in how to have something very bad to begin with, yet manage to transform it into something so filled with hope, energy and love that it may help those still going through Post Natal Depression as a signpost. Wonderfully thought out story, very entertaining and filled with life, whether joyful or enveloped in darkness, but based in truth.

The fact that the place name was called Monochrome was inspired. When depression sets in, life feels like it is in black and white. There is no middle way, it is either one thing or the other. I liked the use of the name Ishmael too meaning 'God has heard your suffering'.

This book will stay with you long after you have finished reading. I liked this very much.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LunarmommyK on May 24, 2014
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Monochrome is a strikingly original tale of a young wife and mother who, overwhelmed with post-partum depression and fears about her marriage, comes close to giving up on life. When she awakens from a panic attack, she finds herself in the strange, dark world of Monochrome (fittingly colored blue), where good memories are the highly-coveted currency. With the help of her guide, Ishmael, she has the chance to find her way back to the life she no longer wants to leave behind - but at what cost?

I love the idea of a world where you have to pay your way by giving up memories. The book takes a close look at the different kinds of memories we have - from nice ones that we could live without to those memories that define who and what we are - and how giving up even the ones that don't seem significant affects our perceptions of our whole selves. It really made me think about what memories I would give up if I had to - and in Monochrome, only good memories are valid currency, you can keep the bad ones. The thought was chilling.

Ishmael and Abby are both appealing characters. I especially liked Ishmael, the deeply wounded young man who never made it out of Monochrome and instead took a job of trying to help others find their way out. I would like to know more about his past, and his future. I'm also intrigued by how the world of Monochrome came to be, and would love to read more about that and about the menacing Boss, who rules Monochrome.

There's some action, but this is mostly an introspective book, with long conversations between Ishmael and Abby, two very articulate and self-aware young people. They are both also poetry buffs, and quote a lot of Romantic (as in style, not in lovey-dovey) poetry to each other.

Monochrome is a dark book, but also filled with hope and beauty. Recommended if you're looking for a fantasy/urban fantasy/paranormal that will make you slow down and think and feel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Lynnette on June 16, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This story was amazing!

I truly enjoyed the concept of the paranormal/magical land of Monochrome which desperate people, between life and death, slip into and must find their way out of (or suffer their fate by staying).

We meet Abby, a young wife and mom who is at her wits end with her crying baby (how many of us parents can relate to that?). She has an odd panic attack that sends her into a strange place called Monochrome.

The landscape shifts and seems alive, there is hardly any color or light, and to make things even more interesting and potentially dangerous, a handsome man named Ishmael tells her that he's her Guide.

But we all know the story wouldn't be interesting if it had ended there and they went merrily on their journey, so Ms. Jones immerses us into the world of Monochrome (how fitting that another reviewer called it a grown-up Alice in Wonderland) where there is danger, sacrifice, betrayal, and beauty.

This is easily 5 stars. Loved it.

Oh, and if you are/were an English major, you're going to geek out on some parts. You'll see.

Thank you, Ms. Jones, for sharing this wonderful tale.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jean Sheldon on June 9, 2014
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What takes us to, and sometimes keeps us in dark places? What comfort is there in thoughts and actions that take joy from our lives like night drains the sky of light? Why do we so easily remember bad events but struggle to recall the good? Those are just a few of the questions that came to mind as I read 'Monochrome', not lightweight reading to be sure. This is a well-crafted story that makes an unlikely journey believable and thought provoking. Cheers to H.M. Jones for unique and satisfying storytelling!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D Larsen on January 10, 2014
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I have two copies of this wonderful book: the first was given to me in exchange for a fair and honest review, the second I paid for seconds after finishing the first. I believe exceptional literature should be appreciated and paid for. Ms. Jones has written a dark, Alice in Wonderland styled story that will touch your heart with the characters plight and perhaps, if you're like me, have you start your own journey of introspection. Once I began this unique exploration I could not stop, reading the book in only a couple of sittings. I believe any reader would find it difficult to do otherwise.
The main characters, Abigail and Ishmael, were very well developed, making me feel as if I'd known them for years, and I probably have in the cluster of people I associate with. I loved the way they were flawed with real problems but different points of view. The challenge, a woman's battle with depression following the birth of a child, is written by an author who obviously knows what she is talking about, however, I will not speculate if she is speaking from personal experience or not, but there is truth to her words. This reader found himself thinking about the story and the pair's trials well after putting the novel aside.
The place, Monochrome, is so one-of-a-kind that any description I might give it will pale by comparison. Suffice it to say that the descriptive writing is done, as if by a veteran novelist and not the debut workings of a self-published author. The Traders, Nightmares and other characters Abigail and Ishmael meet along their way, add depth to an already deep story and made it one that I will likely read again, for me, a rarity.
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