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Little Orphan Anvil (Little Orphan Anvil series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 morePublished 24 months ago by P.S. Winn
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
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 morePublished on May 18, 2013 by Charles
*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
I was gifted a copy of this book by the author for a review.
Little Orphan Anvil (LOA) is an amazing read. Read more
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 morePublished on April 21, 2013 by r.mcgeebuda
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 morePublished on March 20, 2013 by nabalie
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. Read morePublished on March 8, 2013 by R. Lynch
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 morePublished on February 13, 2013 by Kayla's Reads and Reviews