Contest has been extended until the end of April.
Yes, I know it’s been forever since I’ve wielded my anvil. As a matter of fact, I had to get the scrub brush out and give the old gal a little elbow-grease action. Please forgive me, dear friends. I’ll try harder from now on.
I am excited to present a treat for all of you. As you may know, I’m rather fond of indie publishers. One of my favorites is Splashdown Books. And today I’m honored to review Legendary Space Pilgrims by owner/ author Grace “Ace” Bridges. Not only does she have an uncanny way of choosing excellent speculative fiction, but the girl can write. I reviewed her book Faith Awakened at the end of December. Check it out if you feel so inclined.
Before I begin, let me remind you that I will have a drawing for two copies of Legendary Space Pilgrims. As always, leave a comment today and tomorrow, post a link on Facebook for the Review today and the Interview tomorrow, and go like Splashdown Books on Facebook. You may enter up until Tuesday the 19th at midnight Central time. Peyton will draw two names from his special hat. I will announce the winner next Wednesday the 20th with my blog post. The winner will have 24 hours to contact me with their address: dmgraham2001[at]yahoo[dot]com. Otherwise, Peyton will draw another name. I do reserve the right to extend the contest longer if I so choose.
Now, without further ado…
When I read a book, I know if I’m going to love it within a few chapters. And I loved Legendary Space Pilgrims at that point. But the middle dragged a bit. And one character in particular irritated me so badly that I was positive I wouldn’t review the book. I even sent an email to Grace telling her so. But then, something happened that has never happened for me.
My mind was changed. And Legendary Space Pilgrims had redemption.
By page 200 I couldn’t put it down. And so, I had to retract my previous doubt, thankful I held out a few pages more. Let me tell you how it starts, what I think, and then you can decide if you want to read as well.
Mario and Caitlin live on planet Monday. They are dust faces. Every day they go to the oat fields under overcast skies of gloomy, gray muck. Sunshine never breaks through. Nineteen hours working, four hours free time and fifteen hours of sleep. Everyday day is the same- Monday.
Now you would think they might get tired of the same old grind day-in and day-out, but there are things you must take into account before that assumption can be made. Mondayites are all implanted with an emo-reader. What are those? Emo-readers beep a warning and a percentage rate if emotions rise above the level of a bump on a log, a warning to calm down. It doesn’t hurt, but how hard do you think it would be to calm down if an alarm was beeping at you? 20%…30%…80% No pressure or anything.
Especially if you know once the emo-reader reached 100% meltdown, a nice tube will come along and suck you out of the field you’re working in faster than a Hoover on crack. Can a Hoover be on crack? No, but you get the idea.
Now, I know it sounds very cool to slide through the miles and miles of tube-land, but really it is rather awful. Because Monday is run by a tyrant family government called Baxters. And Baxters want good slave labor. In order to ensure that, Baxters mindwipe all Mondayites who feel a little too much. It’s their way of dropping the anvil. To say Mondayites are left mindless is a fact.
So we start our journey with Mario waking and suspecting he may have been mindwiped. This is confirmed as he goes to work and doesn’t really know anyone around him. It’s also confirmed by Caitlin that Mario has this happen frequently. Poor guy finally figures out what is what and a tube sweeps him away to oblivion. Or in some cases, he allows himself to be taken in order to save Caitlin.
After Mario goes home and goes to bed that night, he becomes aware he’s dreaming without pictures. Only words, over and over. As the words drone on they become clear, and Mario realizes he is not dreaming at all. While normally he might freak at a Voice speaking to him, something about the words calm everything inside.
Listen to me- I must be first. Do not confuse me with another, and do not speak carelessly of me. Obey what I ask, and the Pathfinders I will send. Treat life in a manner worthy of me. Esteem loyalty and do not give in to bent desires. Respect what belongs to another. Speak the truth at all times, and do not wish for anything I do not give you, for I will give everything you need.
Mario asks the Voice who he is and is told all will be revealed, but to use the words given to avoid mindwipes. And he does. As the days and weeks progress, the Voice gives Mario more words to memorize. Mario shares the words with Caitlin. Soon it is revealed that the Voice has plans for Mario and Caitlin that will take them through space, planet hopping and possibly free a world blotted with the darkness of slavery and oppression.
So, what do you think? Sounds pretty cool, huh? I love the tubes. There are nasty tubes on Monday, but really cool ones later in the book. Want to know where? Read the book, silly. Grace has the Voice communicate with Mario and Caitlin in very different ways. For Mario, he hears the words. But Caitlin feels the Voice. To me, this is an accurate representation of how men and women relate differently to God and life in general.
The overall message I felt from Legendary Space Pilgrims when I closed the book was that you don’t have to know God for Him to seek you out and use you for His glory. All you have to do is believe like a child. And Mario and Caitlin are so innocent they may as well be children.
Anvil rating 4.5
Legendary Space Pilgrims receives 4.5 anvils due to the lag in the middle and the character I want to throttle. 😛 Grace has tried to dodge the anvil. Nice try, Ace. No one escapes the anvil.
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