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Little Orphan Anvil (Little Orphan Anvil series Book 1) Kindle Edition

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About the Author

An author and graduate in fine arts from the University of Arizona, Joseph writes books and screenplays, and is an avid supporter of animal rescue and protection. He is an avid fan of science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, and mythology, as well as a big fan of history, music, and the arts. Books authored by Joseph Beekman are "A Tail Spun" and the complete Trilogy of "Little Orphan Anvil"; these include: "Little Orphan Anvil, a tale of magic and metal"; "Little Orphan Anvil, The Shades of Fate"; and "Little Orphan Anvil, The Gravelands of Fate". - All these books are published in the fantasy/science fiction/paranormal genres.  Also available is a short collection of poems titled "Shades in Shadows". Joseph currently lives in the "Wild West" of Arizona.

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  • File Size: 360 KB
  • Print Length: 138 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Stone Tablet Tales; 3rd edition (March 19, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 19, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TMBY3C
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,314,744 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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An author with a degree in fine arts, Joseph writes books and screenplays, and is an avid supporter of animal rescue and protection. He is a follower of science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, horror, history, and mythology. Books published include: "A TAIL SPUN" - a post-apocalyptic, war fantasy novella; "THE DRIFTING VOID" - a paranormal, sci-fi short story; The Complete Trilogy of "LITTLE ORPHAN ANVIL" - the paranormal-fantasy, sci-fi adventure concerning an orphaned robot and its strange journey to help save a forgotten realm from the sinister sorcery of an evil witch. Book I "A Tale of Magic and Metal"; Book II "The Shades of Fate"; Book III "The Gravelands of Fate"; and the newly released "DEMON ABANDONED" - a horror story. Also available, "SHADES IN SHADOWS" - a short collection of dark poetry. Joseph currently dwells in the "Wild West".

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"In the Land of Iron and Anvil, the hard-labored men and women lived and worked among massive metal and steel structures, building giant machines for mining and drilling in the dormant volcanoes to the south. It was in these volcanoes that they searched for the secrets of this technology that would bring metal to life." From the Prologue.

I heard about this book on Facebook and after reading some excerpts, decided to purchase. Robots coming to life reminded me of Hal in 2001 Space Odyssey. This imaginative tale will keep most readers spellbound, and i was hooked from the first sentence of Chapter 1. I enjoyed the religious overtones, though they may have been unintentional.

Joseph Beekman weaves a tale of intrigue, suspense, laughter and jubilation in a book that one would be hard-pressed to find any grammatical errors. Writing with a Stephen Kingish style, Beekman's story will hold your interest until the very end. My only disappointment was the length of the book, which left me too quickly wanting more. Can't wait to read Volume 2.
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Who would imagine that three children going into the woods looking for a legendary pumpkin patch, could unleash destruction upon the land of iron and anvil - and possibly the whole realm - by simply uprooting one of these pumpkins? Many years after the evil witch has been killed by one of the three children's parents, she is still lurking in spirit form ready to awaken as soon as one of her magical pumpkins is harvested. As though that is not enough, these pumpkins have some deadly magic hidden inside them. When the two boys, Jonathon and Haley, are possessed by spirits and go off to do the bidding of the witch, Tabitha is left with the task to try and stop imminent disaster.

If you are looking for a book with adventure and suspense from the word go, Shades of Fate is definitely for you. I for one could not put it down until I had read the very last sentence. The vivid descriptions of scenery and weather conditions create an atmosphere of constant foreboding, thus turning the whole reading experience into a thoroughly scary edge-of-your-seat journey.

The author crafts the most unique characters I have ever encountered in the fantasy genre. There is Tinspar, a thoroughly unattractive looking character, who is bound to steal your heart. Then, of course, there is our favorite little robot droid, Anvil, who, together with his creator, Will, is called out of retirement to help save the realm. On the other hand, there are the malevolent creatures who serve to make the journey of those who hope to save the world, difficult and dangerous. Wisp-fly bats, oil slicks and roots that grab you as you pass are just some of the dangers that'll send chills down your spine.
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I am a lover of sci-fi/fantasy all the way from my head to my toes, and I have been on a long quest to find a compelling and fun story that I could use to entice my young sons into the world of fantasy as well. This is it! Little Orphan Anvil by Joseph Beekman fulfills all of my requirements for a great sci-fi/fantasy read and it well written for both adults and children alike.

The most important thing I look for is characters that I can believe in. While all of the main characters of this story are well written and believable, Sonny and his dog Ranger are a perfect pairing. They offer companionship and loyalty but more importantly, Ranger has a spark of special communication and understanding that he shares with Sonny. The sage old companion and inventor Will is a great mentor to this pair and what story wouldn't be complete without a heroic young girl? And of course, there is the star of the story, the little robot.

Besides the great characters, Beekman does a great job of keeping the story moving with action and adventure that never quits. Each scene is filled with great description and dialogue that doesn't waste time but moves the story along. As I read aloud to my oldest son he was held in thrall for long stretches (which is pretty amazing considering nothing holds him in his seat for long).

The only thing I would want to change is that the story seems to be over just as it gets started; however, I had the second novel ready to go and immediately jumped into the next story once I had finished Little Orphan Anvil. This is a story that leaves you wanting to know more and go on further adventures with the little group of friends.

I highly recommend this story to readers of all ages. In addition, it is written so that a reader doesn't have to be a fan of sci-fi/fantasy to enjoy it. The author recommended that it would be appropriate for children as young as 8, but my almost-five year old did enjoy many parts of it read aloud to him.
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Where to start....

I haven't read a children's book for a really long time, and I'm so glad this is the first one that came my way (I won it in a competition) for me to get stuck back into children's fiction.

Joseph Beekman is a fantastic storyteller, and manages to weave a tale that is both simple to read, yet so imaginative.

This story is fast-paced (just the way I like my books), but none of the characters or plot was compromised as a result. The story goes along at just the right level of speed to keep children and adults alike entertained. I would say that kids from about ten would get the most out of it, but a mature seven year old that is good at reading / good with words would love it too. From an adult's perspective, it's simply a joy to read.

Also, don't hesitate in buying it if you're not into robots. I thought I would have trouble with the robot concept, but I didn't - it was as cute as WALL-E :)

There's action, magic, twists and turns - thoroughly enjoyable - I can't think of a better word; it really was a joy to read.

Lastly, I have to say (we're all so used to snazzy book covers nowadays), please don't be put off by the plain looking cover. It hides a gem of a story.

I urge anyone to have a peek at the 'look inside' feature that Amazon offer for this book, to get a glimpse of the writing, although I have to say that the story really gets going after the sample shown, so please bear this in mind.

5 STARS.

(Book source: I won this book in a competition)
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