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The Bungler's Paradox: In Search of the Nexus, Book 1 Paperback – December 1, 2005

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"A clever combination of magic and mystery...Adventure abounds in this well-written story." -- Joyce Handzo, CurledUpKids.com

"Highly enjoyable read...I eagerly look forward to reading the next installment in the series: The Deadwood Principle." Karen Penn -- TCM Reviews, January 20, 2006

"The storyline presents predicaments full of mischief and laugh-out-loud hilarity. In one word: COOL!" -- Sherryl King-Wilds, Fantasy Novel Review, March, 2006

About the Author

R. M. Wilburn is a native of Indiana where she grew up, grew suspicious, and left for parts unknown. Her journeys led her around the world, educating her on the long-hidden possibilities that she chronicles in her writing. She now resides in the Pacific Northwest.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (December 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598001140
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598001143
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,947,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In an excellent beginning to what one hopes will be an excellent series, R. M. Wilburn creates a realm of realistic characters caught in a world directed by imagination - literally. Buggy, heroine of The Bungler's Paradox, is on the brink of turning twelve when her family is "summoned" to Lloyd's Hollow. What follows next is an eye-opening crash course into The-World-Is-Not-What-You-Always-Thought-It-Was 101. Faced with the reality of magic, the indomitable, impressively imaginative Buggy must rely on her budding skills and new-found friends to guide her through what may very well be the coming apocalypse of the world, the final battle between good and evil. Challenged on every side, never completely sure of on whom she can rely, Buggy must "Dream big!"

Imitating the creative style of her protagonist, Wilburn writes as one might dream. Her characters are real, but with a touch of the other-worldly. Similarly, the emotions and reactions in the book are what one would expect in real life, while the events that jump-start them are anything but. Her writing style includes a lot of humor, though her characters can become a bit caustic and brusque in their responses to each other (certainly real-to-life!). And if that's not enough, Wilburn also provides her characters with meaningful relationships, that develop and change as the book progresses - not the least of which are those relationships that Buggy shares with her parents and brother. As the start of her imaginative series, Wilburn simply could not have done better.

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Fast-paced, funny, and VERY imaginative! A quick read for fantasy lovers of all ages.
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This has to be one of the most spell binding books I have read in a long time. I simply could not lay this thing down until I read the last page and then I was disappointed because it ended.

I'm afraid this book will have to be labled "addictive"

How many days do I have to wait for the next one. "Deadwood Principle"?
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Buggy Crenshaw is an eleven-year-old girl with an extraordinary creative imagination. When her family moves to Lloyd's Hollow she discovers there is power in her imagination because things she imagines can actually happen. And Buggy and her friends are needed to serve as Warriors for the Greater Good to stop an ancient evil presence that plans to destroy the world. Their greatest weapon is their imagination but it can also be their greatest weakness, for to win the battle, they have to imagine only good things-and if they lose their focus and think of bad things, those things can happen too. Will Buggy and her friends be able to stop the evil in time to save the world?

I found Buggy Crenshaw and the Bungler's Paradox to be a delightful, creative, enchanting story for all ages but it is especially for those that are young at heart or at least in their minds! The tale is all about the power of imagination so yours needs to still be very active to follow the exploits of this imaginative little girl. Be prepared to suspend belief as this is not a book for practical people.

Buggy and her family have just moved to their new town when strange things begin to happen. Buggy's dad, always a dreamer himself, keeps exploding their garage trying to find the next novel invention, so he is too preoccupied to pay attention to Buggy. Her mother is the practical one and seems immune to the magic and only seems interested in her plants and animals. Maybe she is what the town calls a refuser or one who refuses to believe in magic? Buggy's brother is all about books and knowledge but doesn't deal well with imagination either.

And then there is Buggy who seems to have enough imagination to make up for the flaws in her family.
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