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Product Details

  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475064020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475064025
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,895,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

A 62,000 word fantasy adventure novel.

About the Author

Michael McCloskey is a software engineer in Silicon Valley afflicted with recurring dreams of otherworldly creatures, mysterious alien planets and fantastic adventures.

Customer Reviews

I definitely want more of this and soon I hope.
Terry
Light hearted and amusing, it's a tale about a quest with some very interesting characters.
Michael G.
The book was worth reading for the character Yeel alone.
Kwiila

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael G. on May 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
What a great fantasy! Light hearted and amusing, it's a tale about a quest with some very interesting characters. The author takes a fairly standard quest and adds all sort of intriguing twists (like how they "camp"). Perhaps the most delightful part is the characters themselves, Yeel in particular. For example, the author gives Yeel some delightful attributes (like how he remembers things) leading to dialog that is quite humorous.

House of Yeel made for a very enjoyable and light read in front of the fireplace, punctuated by frequent chuckles.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Realm Reader on September 17, 2012
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The setting for this book is a bit weird and might turn off some traditional sci-fi readers. The main story is about a female knight who tries to get a great wizard to help out her kingdom. Unfortunately, this wizard is actually an exiled alien who often makes things worse when he tries to help. Yeel is insanely smart, but has limited memory space in it's brain. Think of the movie Memento, where the main character is basically having to constantly figure things out to deal with only having 15 minutes of memory. His internal thought processes might be confusing to some people. The added multi-dimensional travel and technology so high level it appears like magic and it becomes even more non standard. I like it and if you like complex stories mixing magic and science then you might find it worth your time also.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JG on January 18, 2014
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It was interesting to try and guess what was going where. I made it all the way through and thought it was entertaining but not one of those that catches you. Light reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By arabella thorne on January 11, 2014
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A wonderful eccentric piece of business.
“The House of Yeel” is a straight up quest novel. A scout sent to the legendary Far Coast of her world seeks the reclusive wizard Yeel. The kingdom of Riken is about to be attacked by barbarian hoards and the kingdom is doomed. Jymoor the scout has been sent to beg the wizard Yeel to help save them. She finds him eager to help when she mentions that the kingdom has a very large library that the hoards are likely to burn to the ground.
The House of Yeel hovers in the air off the Far Coast. (The book’s excellent cover gives a lovely image of this). Jymoor calls out to the wizard and low and behold the House comes to the headland allowing the scout to enter the vast fortress/palace.
There Jymoor finally meets the Great Yeel, a tall thin man who natters on continually in a verbose awkward speech pattern.
He is friendly, if bumbling and frequently confused. He is also insatiably, boundlessly curious about the world and collects artifacts and knowledge like a dry sponge soaks up water.
You see. The Great Yeel is really a large green, cone-shaped alien with multiple tentacles and removable eyes. But he is able to present himself as whatever he wants/needs.
For me he is vastly entertaining, the real heart of this book. Reading his dialogue is a great wallow in dithering and curiosity.
Yeel gladly helps Jymoor on her quest.
The biggest thing she acquires is the armor of the mythic Crescent Knight—armor that makes her stronger and gives her confidence, among other things. She trains with a sword master named Kasil, a no nonsense woman who tells her what’s what.
Yeel and Jymoor’s adventures are kind of standard, but still fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nick May on December 7, 2013
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Fun, light, fast read. This is an enjoyable read, a good diversion from daily life. I'd forgotten about this book on my Kindle, just reread it, and I'm going to go look and see if he wrote a sequel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kwiila on April 24, 2013
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The book was worth reading for the character Yeel alone. It's not often I see a clearly "superior" intelligent species written with strengths:weakness ratio balanced enough you don't feel like the humans are inferior or useless. Yet they're so different, he is clearly not human and deserves his reputation. Even his thought process was interesting, requiring a strong/logical sense of himself just to get through the day. He plays kind of a "Doctor Who"ish role to the humans, in a fantasy setting.

The book is definitely a light read. The ending makes me feel like it should be expanded on, though it doesn't need it. It read like a support character telling a story, so you don't get the whole thing. Especially about Yeel. For me this wasn't negative or positive, but felt odd. Given, even he doesn't know his whole story.
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Michael McCloskey is a software engineer in Silicon Valley afflicted with recurring dreams of otherworldly creatures, mysterious alien planets, and fantastic adventures.

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