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Stone the Heir Hardcover – February 28, 2013
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Stone the Heir is a fantasy novel full of wit and adventure as well as keen observations about relationships both personal and political. It is a tale of politics and romance filled with joy and goodwill. Most impressive is the authors manipulation of language. Some of the language is invented, the product of the characters and their culture. In other cases, the words are re-envisioned in new and surprising ways. All of it though is brilliantly accesible and experiential. Stone is a book for those who love fantasy, romance and political satire. It is a joyful romp but one that provides genuine insight and reflection. A wonderful first novel. We can only hope there will be many more. --Dean M
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"Stone the Heir" has been characterized as "a veritable explosion of creativity,"and "the imagination of other worlds unique in American literature." The author, a biological scientist, uses as his creative voice a translator named Z. Hudd Twadder who discovers some ancient hides which tell the story of a race of kindly giants named the Gentlefriends, who are led by wise King Pistil and lovely Queen Anther. It is their son, Stone the Heir and his inseparable Companions Autumn, a mouse of the fields and Throw, a man of much wordly experience who are the main characters of this joyous novel. While traveling to the city Stone meets Lady Dusk and their thunderous love making creates some unusual circumstances most unforseen. In the city they seek the wisdom of the great teacher, Father Infinities Pedant. When King Pistil calls them home and charges Stone to stop at the village of Teraka he and Throw meet with King Crackle Nash, leader of the mystical Monmon birds, where many untoward things take place.
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Most impressive is the authors manipulation of language. Some of the language is invented, the product of the characters and their culture. In other cases, words are re-envisioned in new and surprising ways. All of it though is brilliantly accessible and experiential.
Stone is a book for those who love fantasy, romance and political satire. It is a joyful romp but one that provides genuine insight and reflection.
A wonderful first novel. We can only hope their will be many more.
It is written in a unique language with overtones of the archiac, yet it is easy to read and flows smoothly.
The book isn't just humorous though, it makes you think as is 'hmmm, I never thought about things in quite that way.' Again, off beat with strong threads of gentleness toward women, loyalty, peace among people and nations, respect for the differences between distinct cultures, the nature of love and kindness in couples, and, wonderfully, a deep and enduring respect for and love of creatures of other species.
But don't take my word for it, treat yourself - read the book!
I gave this fantasy adventure three stars. The language was flowery & fun, but it became too much for me & sadly I could not finish the book. There were too many sexual innuendos & it was not my cup of tea.
Link to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Stone-Heir-Ronald-M-Young/dp/0983027587