5 Out of 5 Stars - Buckle your seat belt!
Buckle your seat belt! Philip Elliot’s Dreaming in Starlight will take you on a passionately existential roller coaster ride up and down the boundless joy and bottomless ache of a young man’s long life lived. In his Tractatus, Wittgenstein wrote, “There are, indeed, things that cannot be put into words. They make themselves manifest. They are what is mystical.” As reflective and introspective and meta-cognitive as any novel I can remember, Dreaming puts into words what is manifestly mystical. Shadows of Augustine’s Confessions, Ferlinghetti’s Coney Island of the Mind and David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest grace its pages. And, as Wallace said about his novel’s resolution, Dreaming’s exists, “but just past the last page.” Looking forward to its sequel. J. Ray Paradiso
By Movie Fan on March 10, 2017
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5 Out of 5 Stars - I was addicted after just one letter!
I was addicted after just one letter! I thought to myself "what in the hell is going on here?" and found myself turning page after page, diving deeper, and deeper into one hell of an adventure! Phillip Elliott does not disappoint, he puts the reader right into the shoes of the main character John Watts and takes you on a poignant journey through ones life experiences, trials and tribulations outlined in short letters the main character has drafted to people in his life. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and would recommend it to others. Looking forward to seeing more work from this author.
By Kerajade on March 6, 2017
5 Out of 5 Stars - A LITERARY SUPERSTAR BURSTS INTO LIFE
This book is a MUST READ for anyone who cares the least bit about contemporary literature. Phillip Elliott has birthed a behemoth of a brilliant book with his debut "Dreaming in Starlight." Rarely is a writer's debut book a total blast out of a cannon but this book is one of those extremely rare occasions. The cat is officially out of the bag. KEEP YOUR EYES ON PHILLIP ELLIOTT! This book is a brilliant concoction of emotions and ideas all told in the form of fictitious letters written by a fictitious "narrator." The book never ceases to surprise, as with every letter you become more and more sucked in to the brilliantly and uniquely conceived plot and characters. This is a book you do not want to miss. This is also the book's first printing and I'm putting my money on the fact that this book will be worth even more money than I put up one day. That's not the real reason to read this book though. The real reason is to witness the arrival of a new literary genius. Times are changing in the literary world. This is the emergence of a new major writer. Everyone should bear witness to this astounding debut of Phillip Elliot.
By Heath Brougher on March 7, 2017
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Dreaming in Starlight is Philip's first book. He's currently working on a novel and many other projects. Keep an eye on him at www.philipelliottfiction.com
Philip Elliott was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1993 and it wasn't long before the world baffled him. He's been scribbling words onto paper for as long as he can remember, trying to make sense of it all. Philip first submitted a poem for publication in April 2016 and since then his fiction and poetry have been published in over 50 journals in 9 countries, including Otoliths, Scarlet Leaf Review, the Lehigh Valley Vanguard, Foliate Oak, Flash Fiction Magazine and Revista Literariedad. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of Into the Void Magazine, which was included in ‘Nine New Lit Mags You Need to Read’ as one of “nine new journals that appeared on the scene within the past couple of years and have already made their mark on the literary landscape” in the November/December 2016 Issue of Poets & Writers.
Philip believes in the power of self and our ability to become master of our minds, as well as the ability of art to illuminate the Truth when and where it is most needed. He has a degree in Ancient Classics and is fascinated by the past and how it defines us, as well as how we can learn from it, or fail to, thus breaking the cycle or continuing it forever, a theme that pops up often in his work alongside themes of love and obsession, religion, addiction, mental illness, and the ultimate loneliness of existence.
When he's not writing, Philip is most likely playing punk rock records far too loudly, hanging out with dogs, meditating, or wandering this world in search of Truth wherever he might find it. His passions include fiction, poetry, music, film, animals, veganism, gender equality, atheism, Buddhism, and trying to never have more than he needs.
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