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Product Details

  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: CWG Press (November 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978818660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978818661
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,084,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bruce Davis is a practicing general and trauma surgeon in the Phoenix area. After fourteen years in the Navy including duty on Guam, several large gray ships and with the Marines, he settled in Mesa, Arizona. Writing has been a passion that he has pursued for many years. He has had short stories appear in several electronic magazines including Anotherealm and Golden Visions. QUEEN MAB COURTESY is his first published novel. When not working or writing, he has been known to try his hand at woodworking, sailing and computer gaming. (World of Warcraft was once a serious addiction.)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By New Book Seeker on December 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
Queen Mab Courtesy
By: Bruce C. Davis

In his debut novel, Bruce Davis manages to bring a fresh voice to the SciFi/Fantasy genre by engaging the reader's head and heart. This a book for people who don't think they like SciFi as well as for those who do but want something a little different. With its explicit descriptions of the Chicago area and its recipe for an Italian specialty, it firmly places itself on the less-than hard-core side of its potential readership. While it has several interesting futuristic features, it never focuses on them or on the action to the detriment of what is, at heart, a story about family and its claims on its members. Although the author is a medical doctor, he doesn't overburden us with jargon and uses what he does incorporate in a way that moves the story along nicely. With the juxtaposition of Shakespeare-quoting lead characters and Guamanian folk sayings, the dialog is intriguing without being cloying or overly technical. Anyone looking for a way into the SciFi world or any fan who is looking for a little more heart from the genre would be well advised to pick up a copy of this novel. As a reader who fits into the latter category, I am hoping the good doctor has plans for a sequel.
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This novel is set in a world of the not-too-distant future that few of us would really like to see. On the surface, it is relatively pleasant for the "normies", but anyone who doesn't fit into the exact, bland mold required by the Powers That Be find themselves ostracized, marginalized. This is obviously a familiar theme in science fiction, indeed one of the principal pillars of the genre, and Bruce C. Davis paints a vivid picture of what could come to pass. Most importantly, the suspension of disbelief is never challenged, a point which is ignored by many writers, particularly of Hollywood movies, for the sake of dramatic effect. This reality is gritty enough to make you want take a long shower.

The two main characters start in the familiar roles of wise old warrior and recalcitrant acolyte in what appears to be a tightly written detective story. Then it transpires that the unlikely - really unlikely - young hero not only has wisdom which rivals his mentor, but also has a deeply troubled past which has forced him to overcome immensely difficult circumstances even before the story begins. The twin story threads of a conspiracy mystery and the self-discovery of the young Tito are neatly blended as we follow his search for his long-lost father.

And what is a Queen Mab Courtesy, anyway? You'll have to read it to find out.
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By M. Davis on February 27, 2009
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Queen Mab's Courtesy is a wonderful story for anyone jr high school age and above. It should be included in at least the optional book list for schools as it provokes the thought process of what would you do and stimulates discussion. It is sci-fi for sci-fi aficionados as well as less enthusiastic sci-fi readers. One can't help but love the spunky Horatio or the Shakespeare quoting Charlemagne. The characters have dimension the plot twists and never ceases to entertain. As with early Niven this book makes one question how we are evolving as a culture and yet remain the same. How each of us as Shakepeare says in Hamlet"to thine own self be true". Queen Mab has a wide appeal and is one to read and reread to be able to absorb all the sutble nuances. If you are like me and want a change of pace, a good story and a fun time you will enjoy the ride. I thoroughly encourage book lovers to get a copy of Queen Mab and settle back for an entertaining time.
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By Jim Gamble on September 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
There are serpents loose in this near future dystopia. The author, Bruce Davis has a clear insight into human nature that, fortunately for us, has been cleverly disguised as a novel. Horatio (Tito), a Denver Dwarf and product of a former biological terrorist attack, fails to fit the mold of a society based on security and conformity. Davis' skill as a social commentator brightly shines in this terrific novel and reveals a future America absorbed with distractions. Tito is vulnerable, and teams with a seemingly benign fellow outcast who has remarkable unconventional resources.

The story's dialogue and its character development are both exceptional. The intense struggle of resourceful people keeps the reader riveted until the last page, and then builds a thirst for a sequel.

Read this fast-paced science fiction thriller -- you will not soon forget it!
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