- File Size: 1724 KB
- Print Length: 285 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: New Authors Online (July 1, 2015)
- Publication Date: July 1, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ZPUUYG0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,750 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Gods of Probabilities (The Multiverses Book 1) Kindle Edition
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It turns out Earth has a whole different dimension of sentient beings called the Oceanics.
While I normally require some humans in my story to relate to, the Oceanics make a fabulous stand in. They are humanoid, and very much like us, only they are blue, have webbed hands and feet, gills, sharp teeth, and live in the ocean on the fourth dimension of Earth. Otherwise, like us, some are charming, some are destructive, some are wise, and some who think they are wise, behave very foolishly.
There is also a highly evolved group of human-like sentients who calls themselves ‘Gods’. They travel about our multiverse, trying to ensure that upon the final collapse of the universes, the one that remains will follow the Path of Light. However, there are others Gods who don’t wish our Gods to succeed. Impeding our Gods’ efforts is a great deal of bureaucracy, rules and paperwork galore, strict limitations on the number of encounters with a being and how often you can save them. Adding humor, but often creating problems, are the egos involved in a ship load of “Gods”. Still, on occasion the mistakes of the Gods result in something positive. For example, one of the Gods inserted God DNA into several batches of new hatchlings, making them super smart. This enables the Oceanics to realize they needed to escape Earth before it kills them with toxic waters from the third dimension.
Liza O’Connor weaves in sufficient science to not only make the solutions plausible, but results in a highly entertaining story sprinkled with a mix of humor and danger. Her style of writing reminds me a bit of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett.
Cannot wait for the next book in the series!
All in all... if you want to read a good book that has actual character development that doesn't take series to develop, likable characters, interesting ideas about realities and what we call gods then this is the book for you. Not only that, this is one seriously dedicated author so if you like her books and especially if you let her know that you like her books, more will come.
I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, having not read any of Liza's non-SF titles, other than knowing she had a reputation for being humorous. I wasn't disappointed. I had a smile on my face for much of the book due to her Douglas Adams-esque humor throughout, tempered by some intriguing science (quantum theory and multiple parallel universes), theories of evolution, and comic theology. While humans are mentioned very briefly, the story focuses on an ocean dwelling intelligent life form and their struggle for survival while overseen by a superior race (whom legends describe as gods). I loved the twist on Greek mythology and basing the story around a non-human race. The science isn't so heavy that even a non-SF reader would struggle with it and woven in carefully throughout so not to overload a reader with facts to remember. The world building is also nicely layered in. This is a story that will make you laugh, but keep you thinking about it long after you finish.
What I didn't like:
Because it wasn't told in what I think of as deep 3rd POV, some of the more serious emotion was lacking for me. However, the story, the characters, and the comedy more than made up for this. I can live without emotional punch if it's made up for with comedy that has me chuckling every few pages. Not to say this doesn't have its serious elements and moments of tear-inducing sadness, but not to the level I'd normally seek from a story.
If you're a fan of Douglas Adams (re the Hitch-Hikers' Guide and Dirk Gently's Long Dark Teatime of the Soul) or Sir Terry Pratchett's SF novels (The Dark Side of the Sun and Strata) you should definitely read this. Even non-SF fans who like humor (including some grumpy gods and sassy goddesses along with the SF) will enjoy this book. Can't wait for the next in the series!
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