- Paperback: 270 pages
- Publisher: Mycomm One (September 17, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0998674737
- ISBN-13: 978-0998674735
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,526,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Slightly Altered History of Cascadia: A Fantasy for Grown Ups Paperback – September 17, 2017
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About the Author
Linda B. Myers won her first creative contest in the sixth grade for her Clean Up Fix Up Paint Up poster. After a marketing career in Chicago, she traded in her snow boors for rain boots and moved to the Pacific Northwest with her Maltese Dotty. There are strange things happening in the woods out there ... and this fantasy captures them all!
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This story is a melange of historical figures, classic gods and goddesses, spirits and a whole lot of humor thrown in to situations that when peeled back, are not humorous at all, as most good literature and fantasy does. In this case, Cascadia, the spirit created to protect the land, learns how to deal with a serial rapist-killer; then a father-son duo who kill bears for trade in body parts; and so on. The story is divided into episodes that have Cascadia and her “familiar”, a human woman, defending this Eden-like country from the worst part of human nature.
It’s probably one of the most unique fantasies I’ve read recently.
I really loved the author’s writing style. Myers does a wonderful job of crafting fun characters and unique personalities that all feel distinct from each other with just enough of a backstory where none of the characters, even the minor ones, feel like card-board cut outs. Even the animals in the book have their own personalities—I loved that Blue, a horse, and Silver Tip, a flying bear, ended up being unlikely best friends. The style of this book was interesting as well, as it feels like a real folktale, despite the cameos made by other mythological characters such as Helen of Troy/Aphrodite and actual historical figures like Jim Bowie. I really liked the small snippets of historical fiction that made it into this fantasy novel as it made everything feel a bit more grounded and, again, made the overall presentation unique to the fantasy genre as a whole.
But there were a lot of cameos and if you aren’t a history or mythology buff, sometimes those characters can go right over your head. Also, because Cascadia is learning to be human and how they function, she’s not the most interesting of protagonists. Shaylee was much more interesting and I wish we could have gotten more with her and Cascadia and Blake rather than so much of Cascadia being tutored by certain goddesses and historical figures. It was unique, yes, but given the book is pretty short, those sections tended to slow the pacing down and kept me, personally, from connecting more with the characters I wanted to.
Additionally, it always seemed a bit odd that Old Man Above and First Female—who are presented as gods of the entire world—only seemed to focus on this small patch of the earth and judged all of humankind by what was happening there. While some situations certainly apply to a larger population, such as sexual assault, some scenarios are unique to places like Cascadia, such as bear gall bladder smuggling. Of all the ills that people enact against each other and animals, it felt a little odd that the gods cared so much about just what was happening in this one region. While I understand why the author wrote it this way, I personally had a hard time suspending that disbelief. Oddly enough, I didn’t have that problem with a fairy goddess who spoke only in rhyme, go figure.
There are a few instances of language, mature situations and topics, and violence, so this book is definitely NOT for children, despite its folktale vibe. The language and the violence, and even the sex, aren’t overly graphic though, so a mature young adult reader would probably be fine with this as long as they enjoy this kind of mash-up fantasy story. And while I really liked how the author wrote, and am definitely intrigued enough by Myers style to check out her other books, I just never fell in love with the characters in “The Slightly Altered History of Cascadia.” That could be because of its length not giving me enough time with characters like Shaylee, or how out there some of the characters/creatures are, but I just never got that invested in any of their lives and I never was all that worried about the outcome of Cascadia’s tasks, even though I probably should have been. There’s nothing wrong with the characters or the plot/setting of the book, everything gets wrapped up nicely leaving no loose ends. I just never got all that swept up in it. However, I think a lot of people would have more fun with it then I did, and for that, I’m giving this 3.75 stars but am definitely rounding up, and look forward to reading more from this author. And thanks to the author for providing me a copy for review!
Wow - what a fun first read by a new to me author. I enjoyed it so much I'm going to look for more by her. Admittedly I had a tougher time than usual getting into this book but when I did - again Wow. This is a well written book with quirky characters galore, gods, mythical and historical figures, mystery, crimes to solve, broken humans to fix, humor, great dialogue and did I mention T-shirts? Lots and lots of T-shirts. This made me think - always a good thing- and made me laugh - even better, Can I hope for a sequel? Highly recommend.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration
I enjoyed this far more than I had expected to. I have never read anything by this author previously so I didn't know what to expect as far as writing style goes. This relatively fast read was enjoyable. I've never read a book quite like this one before. I'll definitely be reading more from this author in the future.
I received an ARC in return for an honest review.