From Jack on Goodreads:
I enjoyed reading and deciphering “Land of Pleasure”. The author created a mix of eccentric characters populating a small Iowa town (and perhaps other dimensions?) and crafted a novel that weaves them together. I particularly enjoyed the wide mix of religious, esoteric, and Gnostic symbolism. The author obviously knows a lot about these topics and inserted them into the story smoothly. Some authors will try to show you what they know, which results in awkward prose and stiff dialogue, as if inserted from a textbook. This is not the case here. The book is deep, unusual, and thoroughly entertaining. Recommended.
From R-ique on Goodreads:
Read this book. (Self published – available from Amazon.)
Now that I’ve read Land of Pleasure, I have to reread it. What is it? It’s a mystery, a coming of age story, a historical drama, buried treasure, kidnapping, murder and a rerun of the War between the States. We have magic, elves, witches, gnostics, multiple religious groups, the Beast and just plain old fashioned small-town Americans. Something for everyone but not everyone will get it. Like I said, I have to reread it.
Read carefully. Lots of characters, some with more than one name, and many twists and turns to the plot. Like a true Agatha Christie novel, the threads are only pulled together at the end. A little bit more character development and emotional responses would have made this first volume in a trilogy even more gripping. Loved it.
More details after my second reading. Looking forward to it.
From Mick on Amazon:
For some time now, I have become bored with American fiction. The books I did read made me cognitively lazy and bored. One day I discovered ‘LAND OF PLEASURE” by Paul Wilson and was delighted to find a book that was both intellectually stimulating and entertaining to read. Interestingly the author discovered his writers muse in a graveyard of his ancestors. There is no way of knowing how much of his rich stew is based on the eccentricities of his ancestors and how much is the author’s imagination. The author synthesizes mysticism, religion and history into a beautifully suspenseful tale. One character I cannot forget is the strange old man in the cemetery who said: “That angel, who kept us from Paradise, she was doing us all a big favor.” Is what we imagine Paradise to be a place where we really want to be? Or is the old man right?