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Reluctant Gods Paperback – August 29, 2011
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I was always a maverick as a child, and an adult, and was never quite able to draw inside the lines or follow certain rules. I did however, figure out how to fit into acceptable society and not be a pink monkey. This, and the engineering training I had, taught me to question everything, and never automatically believe in anything. Consequently, I was always a handful for anyone I reported to. Once they knew me though, they pretty much let me run free with the reservation, "If anyone asks if I knew about this, I didn't." - since the things I did usually didn't fit into the nice neat corporate boxes or standards, but were effective at getting the job done.
This personality trait, possibly due to playing with mercury as a child, influences my writing to be somewhat different than others. My hopes are that it will make reading more entertaining for you, with a fresh approach to viewing the world around us, by removing the usual paradigms and blinders we impose on ourselves through our culture's influences.
I've done some pretty dumb things while learning about writing as a career. The first thing is, how darn hard it can be, and I've taken classes, and read several books on writing. The second is how easy it is to make a mistake, such as over-write a good file with a draft copy and promote it to 35,000 people. Yikes. That was a nightmare. I'm much more careful now.
If you are someone that doesn't always feel you fit in all the time, and sees things somewhat differently than most, or looks at things and says, 'What if?' then you might like my work.
If you like a more lighthearted group of somewhat irreverent characters, you might like my Reluctant Gods Series. If you've been in business and know some cold and cruel characters, you might like Dr. Roland Vandergrift in 'Power, Control, Conformance.'
If you are a person who is set in their ways and beliefs and can only see things a certain way, you might not like any of my work.
I hope you enjoy what I've done. If you don't like it, remember you can always return it, though I've had few returns so far. Remember, I did warn you.
Top Customer Reviews
I gave it more than one chance, tried to go back and read it... and I just couldn't.
Can two people right the wrong they did 500 years ago? This is the last chance Leyna and Sevilen will be able to reunite, can they learn from the past to be able to make their future work? Will they be able to find each other again after 500 years? When they hear what is expected of them will they understand and be able to accept destiny?
The characters are very colorful and entertaining. This book is full of romance, mystery and fantasy.
If you like a good fantasy book this is the one for you. At the end of the book you will only be wanting more!
That being said, I was highly recommended Reluctant Gods from a close female friend and she's never wrong about what I will like. Suffice to say she was dead-on yet again.
Reluctant Gods starts grabbed me right from the start. Author A.J. Aaron has impressive skills that are, frankly, often lacking here on Amazon. To put it succinctly, he can actually write, and write well. His characters are fully fleshed out (even when they're not in the flesh) and the settings and surroundings came to life in my mind's eye quite vividly.
The story is well put together also. It moves along at a brisk pace but, when necessary, slows down to allow the reader some time to take in the scenery, so to speak. It's a timeless love story with a twist, combining elements of romance, science fiction and wish-fulfillment (with liberal doses of adult-oriented situations thrown in to get the blood flowing, of course).
What it is, if nothing else, is a fun, sexy and surprising tale about 2 broken people separated by time and fate that, miraculously, come back together and heal each other.
What I liked about Reluctant Gods was that it surprised me. It got into my head and left a little something behind that still has me thinking about it a week after I finished reading, and that’s something that very rarely happens with me. Is it my favorite book ever? No, but any writer who laves an image in my mind’s eye for anything longer than a few hours is a writer worth reading, and worth recommending.
Which is what I’m here to do. Read Reluctant Gods. It will surprise you, put a smile on your face, a tingle in your heart and leave a little mark on your soul. Highly recommended.
The first chapter immediately grabbed my attention because it begins with engineer Sevilin Decarain entering Ninee Aysel’s mansion to see what he expects to be his 106-year-old great grandmother. Instead, she looks around forty. It’s a shock to him, and she explains that she could have looked younger but didn’t want to surprise him too much. Aysel then cuts him in on a little secret by showing him a painting of what could have been his identical twin, so similar is the face. His name is also Sevilin, and this is due to the fact that Aysel needed a marker to be certain that the young man she watched from youth to adulthood was indeed the right man to learn the secrets of the gods. For you see Sevilin is a very old spirit indeed.
In fact, his spirit is destined to reunite with the spirit of his old love. This spirit can be found in Leyna DiAmore, a woman who has become bored with life. In her first chapter, chapter two, we learn she has slept with 27 men, and none have meant a thing to her. It’s obvious she is missing something or someone. The author paints a very vivid picture of her dim view on life, especially in the way she threatens to send her lover’s wife a naughty videotape just to create chaos. She remarks how disappointed she is the lover was tossed from his house several months ago because destroying his life would have been fun.Read more ›
This was a very interesting read. The surprise of Sevilen becoming a god reminded me a little of the Harry Potter books, when Harry found out he was a wizard in the first book. I enjoy these types of stories: Stories where the protagonist is thrust into a life that he had no idea was even there, but he was always destined to inherit, and having to deal with that. I really liked the science fiction portions of this book (which was around 90% of it), but I also enjoyed the romance between Sevilen and Leyna. It added to the story, without overpowering everything, and morphing the entire book into a sci-fi romance novel.
Overall, it was a very different read for me, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Plus, it’s free! You should definitely check it out.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyable read. Nice to see an engineer as the main character, although he doesn't do much engineering after finding his super-natural powers.Published 6 days ago by Matt Licholai
never finished - the writing seemed stiff and I didn't like the main characters. Didn't get engaged by the third chapter so set it downPublished 13 days ago by Pat
I had a great time reading A.J's novel. The quotations from Eckhart Tolle and others were well placed and the characters set into today's world a delight. Read morePublished 4 months ago by André Noir
This book just didn't do it for me. No one was likeable and actually I disliked everyone. The explanations were all too far fetched... We can do anything because we're gods. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Carol J
Tried this because it was free. Was looking for something different from the hard core sci-fi that I usually read. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you woke up and found yourself with the full powers of a God and a portfolio containing $77B, what would a typical engineer do? Read morePublished 8 months ago by Meanwhile, Melinda