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The Observers Paperback – December 1, 2014
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From the Author
Books by C. R. Downing
Traveler's HOT L
The Time Traveler's Resort, won the 2014 USA Best Book Award in the Science Fiction category.
©2014 Koehler Books
The first eight award-winning accounts of time travel and its results
Traveler's HOT L Volume 2
New Tales from the Time Traveler's Resort
©2014 Time After Time Publishing
Reconnect with old friends from the first Traveler's and try to keep up with the new travelers as they move through the fabric of time.
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A Science Fiction Thriller
©2014 Clurn Publishing
An epic tale of alien intrigue and invasion
A Science Fiction Odyssey
©2014 Koehler Books
Follow two bumbling operatives on four unforgettable missions
Tune Up Your Teaching and Turn On Student Learning
Move from Common to Transformed Teaching and Learning in Your Classroom
©2015 Morgan James Publishing
Strategies and examples for changing the way learning takes place. For Teachers, Parents, and Administrators
About the Author
Dr. Chuck Downing has a BS in Biology and an MA and PhD in Science Education. He taught high school and university science courses for forty years during which time he was awarded San Diego County Teacher of the Year, Christa McAuliffe Fellow, Fellow of the American Society of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, and Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Science Teaching. Downing authored Making Connections, a four-textbook series of integrating science concepts from various disciplines and co-authored an alternative laboratory manual for Advanced Placement Biology for People’s Education and has also authored a series of articles of scientific interest for AccessExcellence.org. He designed and developed educational laboratory exercises for the Science Kit and Ward’s Biological Company and also designed and developed biotechnology laboratory kits for Stratagene Cloning Systems. He has been writing stories since the early 1980s and won a Teachers as Writers competition and a short story writing contest through Writer’s Digest. Both his Masters Thesis and his Doctoral Dissertation were finalists for “Outstanding Submission” in their respective years. In March of 2014, Traveler’s HOT L was released. (Chuck Downing)
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Top customer reviews
... this is a comedy book and the humour is well written: timing is everything in comedy, and Downing delivers witty punch-lines and well-paced gags that carry the reader through an often drawn-out experience. The banter between Mxpan and Zerpall is delightful and Zerpall's child-like innocence is often laugh-out-loud material.
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Mxpan and Zerpal are observers of an advanced alien race which has adopted a paternal, supportive attitude towards its neighboring star systems. Think of them as Jedi knights, the slugs’ relationship dynamics even going so far as to border on the master-padawan bond we know so well. Yes, you read correctly. I typed “slugs”. Were you expecting long legs and light-sabers?
Plagued by a lack of athletic ability in the face of danger, the Glieseian Observers depend instead upon their extraordinary intellect to get the job done. And a smidge of luck, to be honest.
Positive points aren’t lacking:
- This is a richly imagined universe, where great care has been taken to present the numerous alien races not only as well-detailed biological entities, but also as social ones;
- The relationship between the two observers is immensely amusing and a source for much of the humor in this book;
- Besides the dynamic between the two principal characters, there is also a great deal of situational humor, the sort that can only arise from the very odd situations they manage to get themselves into;
- Unlike with many books nowadays, “The Observers” has been well edited, and I detected less than a handful of errors (a missing word here a misspelled word there). This did not affect the reading experience in itself, which I found delightful.
Conclusion: Written with humor and no little wit, this story will not rock your world nor change your life, but to fans of quirky science fiction it will turn a Saturday afternoon into pure gold.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair, unbiased and non-reciprocal review.
This duo reminds me of the 'Odd Couple'. Mxpan is very serious and methodical whereas Zerpall is spontaneous and outspoken. These two make a good comedic team and their personalities are what brings this book to the next level. When Mxpan and Zerpall are sent to a planet where humanoids live among androids the story gets interesting. They have to go undercover by using a method called B.E.T which you must read about.
When this awesome duo is sent on a mission to Earth you can really see how far ahead their technology is compared to Earth's measly internet. I was shocked by the medical advancements and I wish one day we could develop technologies to cure diseases like cancer. I was very happy from start to end and this book. It made me laugh and gave me lots to think about. I give this book 4 out of five stars because it is intellectually stimulating and funny at the same time which is not an easy thing to pull off.