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Each Little Universe Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B086Z27M2Y
- Publication date : April 30, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2673 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 332 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,480,729 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The characters were fleshed out really well, and I identified with them strongly, like different parts of a personality.
Excited to read more by the author!
Grab a cup of your favorite pick and mix, convert your futon from bed to couch, and build a pillow fort. Inside is the perfect environment to read your copy of Each Little Universe.
It’s Modern Fantasy. The world is quite like ours except stars are blinking out from the sky. At the same time, shape-shifting humanoids have arrived and all they want to do is have human fun - it beats being a floating ball of gas with no feelings or sense of self.
Our main characters, Veggie and TM meet one of these stars. She calls herself Ziggy. Er, they call her Ziggy because she’s dressed as David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust and the name sticks. What doesn’t stick is her appearance.
While I was ready to enjoy some New Adult Slice of Life, the writer had other plans: Ziggy can’t stay; there are consequences to stars, worse, even whole constellations playing hooky. There’s a split feeling of pity for the stars and yet an urge to admonish them for being selfish.
Ah, but being a human is so cool!
The story is basically about two guys who try to invent things for a living who meet a girl while walking down the street who claims to be a star; Not a celebrity, but an actual star who came down from the sky. The two bring her into their lives and their lot in life changes in many quirky and unexpected ways.
I began reading this right as the COVID-19 quarantine started making everyone a little more loopy and shut in. The book is not a literary masterpiece, but that’s why it was exactly what I needed. Some chapters were full of dialogue in true seemingly-aimless Tarantino fashion - sometimes philosophical debates on life, the universe and everything, and other times just playful banter about love and loss. Some may regard those chapters as not advancing the plot, but I disagree. This book is a philosophical love letter to all things we geeks know and love. You can certainly tell that Chris loves video games (there were lots of little inside jokes for gamers) and tabletop RPGs. Reading this book felt like hanging with the geeky friends I’ve always wanted, which was just the right formula for a quarantine read - though I’d certainly read it again once things have gone back to normal.
I think the afterward cinched my love of this book and the author as well. You can tell that Chris Durston is an everyman just like most of us, who managed to organize his thoughts and finally write a novel after many years of poking and prodding with a pencil...or keyboard, since we live in a digital age. That’s a step above many of us who wish we had the fortitude to sit and write our own novels, and it gives me hope that one day I may accomplish just that.
As long as you’re ready to suspend your disbelief and view the events and themes through an introspective lens, then you should certainly give this book a try. It’s an easy read that includes ample amounts of geek humor, philosophy, name puns, parkour, and tons of inventions and concepts that should be real in more than just our imagination.
By Chris VanDyke on June 17, 2021
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When a couple of oddball, probably malnourished, definitely struggling inventors meet a suspiciously Bowie-esque extra-terrestrial, adventures ensue. What follows is part fish out of water sci-fi adventure and part irreverent slice of life comedy, and full enjoyable read. The story is full of personality, and whether we're joining the characters in a game of D&D, or averting disaster, sharp dialogue and clear characterisation provides an insightful, fun, and almost-miss-your-tube-stop addictive book. Things hot up when the trio go on a quest for a MacGuffin, propelling the daily delights into a high stakes adventure, making it impossible to put down this story.
Overall, this is a great read - particularly recommended if a combination of STARDUST x HOT FUZZ x HITCHIKERS GUIDE sounds up your alley!
This was a fun ride, packed with jokes, nerdy references, satire and little moments that make you think. The middle perhaps dragged a little bit, but that might have just been me getting slightly lost by discussions of things I have little interest/ knowledge of (looking at you wrestling!)
I really enjoyed the characters, both the MCs and their friends, and, of course, Ziggy. The story takes the time to let the reader know them and their lives and interests.
I also loved the chapter titles! (I'm a sucker for a good punny chapter title!)
Overall, an interesting read that both give me food for thought and made me laugh.
Overall, a fun
I really enjoyed ELU. We start off getting to know the characters, their lives, interests and quirks. And while sometimes it feels like the plot takes a backseat in the early parts of the book I didn't mind this. I loved the world the author set up. I loved spending time with them and wish I had friends like TM, Veggie, Derrida and the rest.
When the plot really does pick up pace in the second part of the book it's a rollicking good ride. As the book reached its bittersweet climax I found myself wanting to spend more time with these characters and hope the author does a sequel.
I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more by Chris.