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

Joseph Beekman , Kelsey Grimmer
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The first tale in the paranormal fantasy, sci-fi adventure concerning an orphaned robot that is reunited with an old blacksmith as they journey to rid a realm from the rule of witchcraft.

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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 358 KB
  • Print Length: 145 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Stone Tablet Tales; 3rd edition (March 19, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TMBY3C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,722,110 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little Orphan Anvil September 13, 2011
By J. Robb
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
"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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A top-notch story for adults and children March 21, 2012
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Joy To Read! March 14, 2012
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.


(Book source: I won this book in a competition)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book!!! March 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I wasn't really sure about the book, but I ended up loving it and hoping to get my 10 year old son reading it. The book is a short read, however it did take me a few days to get threw it, but that is because I was tending to my family and was not able to read a whole lot at one time. I feel in love with the robot and the kids in this book! The robot and his creator finally find each other after the witch destroys the land of Iron and Anvil, together the robot and his creator & a little boy named Sonny set out to rescue the orphans and destroy the witch. I love how the robot has emotions, it shows that it cares and can feel pain! I don't want to say to much more because I don't want to ruin the story, I will say that I also loved the little boy Sonny & his dog. Thanks Joseph for writing such a good book & making it a book that my son hopefully really enjoys reading as well!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars True Hero's
Sonny and his dog ranger meet Will and Kelsey and join forces to save the children from an evil witch in this thrilling adventure. Read more
Published 13 months ago by P.S. Winn
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellently Different
I was given this book by the author on a read to review basis
I found this a good read and an intriguing story line,
Am looking forward to reading more of this author's... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Janie
4.0 out of 5 stars Little Orphan Anvil is Darkly Delightful
From the opening line, the style of this book was like a balm washing over my brain. I instantly felt like a child waiting for my father to turn the page and continue reading in... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Charles
4.0 out of 5 stars An Imaginative Read!!
*I was gifted a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Little Orphan Anvil by Joseph Beekman is a very creative, imaginative and fast read. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jessica Carroll
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful! :D
I was gifted a copy of this book by the author for a review.

Little Orphan Anvil (LOA) is an amazing read. Read more
Published 22 months ago by TJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and enjoyable.
When I sat down to read this, I wasn't sure what to expect. The cover doesn't give much away and I'm not one to read the description. Read more
Published 23 months ago by r.mcgeebuda
4.0 out of 5 stars sweet teen adventure
Sonny and his pet dog find an abandoned robot on their travels to find better pastures and believe their luck to have finally turned after their homeland was destroyed. Read more
Published on March 20, 2013 by nabalie
5.0 out of 5 stars Metal and magic
"Little Orphan Anvil" by Joseph Beekman is a lovely blend of adventure, science fiction and magic. In a land where metal comes to live an evil witch controls an orphanage with the... Read more
Published on February 28, 2013 by ChristophFischerBooks
5.0 out of 5 stars A great middle grade novel.
I really liked Little Orphan Anvil. At 139 pages, it was a short read. The book only took me about an hour to read. The plot was fast paced and fun. Read more
Published on February 13, 2013 by Kayla's Reads and Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Little Orphan Anvil
I recieved this book as a gift for an honest review.
This book was really good. It was very entertaining and kept me on the edge of my seat and I could not put it down. Read more
Published on February 6, 2013 by Josh Madden
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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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