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The Manoan Bequest – Roedolf Kay

mb-rkWritten in a mix of styles including traditional prose and screenplay layout, this novel takes a look at several standard science fiction themes: aliens seeded the human race, advanced aliens visit to give plodding humans a treasure of knowledge and technology, and human beings have a propensity for distrust and violent defense against things they don’t fully understand, among others.

Tiann Gerber of South Africa is a chosen individual, the one human being designated to help the aliens convince humankind of their intentions. Tiann, along with the President of the United States Catherine Jordon and several military personnel, must make a choice to allow him to be taken by the newly arrived alien race known as the Syasabe, former allies of the extinct Manoan race. As a subplot, Tiann is a character who has struggled for years with his homosexuality, at one time trying to “rehabilitate” himself with religion and a heterosexual marriage.

While the main theme of the novel may spark interest in some sci-fi lovers, the story is riddled with a smattering of far-reaching explanations of Earth history which reminded me of the flop film Transformers: Age of Extinction where it seems the Decepticons were responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs. The novel also pays homage to the more popular film Avatar.

3 Stars – Of interest to sci-fi readers but flirts with overused devices. Also needs some professional help with verb tenses and certain word usage.

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A Consternation of Monsters-Eric Fritzius

cMon2With a foreword written by Rik Winston, the host of radio show UFO All Night, Consternation of Monsters is a collection of spine-tingling short stories that will leave you feeling wary of closing your eyes at night. I find myself left considering the possibilities…

Opening with The Hocco Makes the Echo, we are introduced to a brilliant boy who knows a little something about the woods that his father doesn’t know. As parents, we often try to toughen up children so they aren’t afraid of simple, common facts of life and nature. But frequently, children make observations beyond the realm of adult understanding.

I have always been a fan of stories that look at the world through an unusual set of eyes. Wolves Among Stones at Dusk applies this method by playing a scene through the eyes of a Mexican gray wolf. The wolf watches an unfortunate human scene of violence from atop a mesa. The author focuses on the scents that the wolf interprets, noting fear, anger, regret, and other emotions as they emanate as odors from the body.

Limited Edition plays upon the franchise of the Antiques Roadshow, bringing to light that out there, among the wealth of rare human collectibles (and the myriad piles of junk we collect), are hidden objects far older and more intrinsically important to human existence and progress than our shallow brains can fathom.

Some of these stories are interconnected, revisiting the lives of the characters in new situations. Each touched upon a poignant aspect of human nature as well as the supernatural. The reader is taken on adventures through the ancient, the mystical, and the powerful, delving into ideas of creation and destruction that most of us have not considered. All around us, ancient magic stirs and intersects with human life. When we chance to see these old, universal spirits, we have the choice to let them do their work unimpeded or grab hold of the ultimate power, even if that choice is ill-conceived.

Pick up this book and open up your mind.

4 Stars

 

 

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