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The Tea Goddess Paperback – May 10, 2010
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Before I get started on the more boring aspects of this review, let me set the scene for you... Think "Babylon A.D." think "Mad Max" think "Concrete Jungle" got it? Great! Welcome to "The Tea Goddess."
Remy and Darling don't know each other (or at least that's what they thought) but when a very odd turn of events (Remy has a mild panic attack and takes it out on a mailbox, and Darling jumps from a moving boat) thrust them together they realize they have something in common...they used to be married, oh yeah.. and they can see the future. After days of endless question and dream analysis the duo suddenly realizes that THINGS aren't always what they seem, and even worse...neither are the PEOPLE they are with. In a race to save a dying world can they save themselves in the process or will their pasts come back to haunt them?
This novel, even though it's length was lacking, was (I have to admit) wildly entertaining; tackling a point of view that is not often thought of. Action Vs. Reaction. Here's an example to help you understand what I mean. I'm sure most of you have heard of the "Butterfly Effect' (no... not the movie, the theory) it is said, that a tiny butterfly can flap its wings and change the course of nature..setting off a tsunami thousand of miles away simply because the smallest amount of air generated from it's wings changed a ripple in the ocean. Now...Read more ›
Overall: 4 1/4 stars
Plot/Storyline: 4 1/2 stars
The novella was set a few decades in the future, in an era when city dwellers had solar power, rooftop gardens for food, and moving walkways for transportation. Outside the cities, even in the US, it was like the third world, with farmers having nowhere to sell their crops, since the cities were now self-sufficient.
The story involved three strangers who were thrust together under very unlikely circumstances to unravel a mystery that may affect the entire planet. Soon, for reasons unknown to them at the time, they were on the run from bad guys who would stop at nothing to capture them. For the three strangers, learning who they were and completing their mission formed the heart of the story.
There was a lot of action packed into only 128 Kindle pages. The story included an old murder mystery, wild chase scenes, shoot-'em-ups, precognition, reincarnation, and a touch of Buddhist philosophy.
In the context of the story, the ending was logical and satisfying.
Characters: 4 1/2 stars
Remy Porter and Darling Daniels, plus the mysterious Clint, were the main characters. At first, they appeared to have no relationship to each other, but as the story developed, it became increasingly clear that some kind of bond existed between them. As the truth emerged, Remy and Darling came to realize that they had a mission to complete, despite the efforts by Clint to control them. Were their shared nightmares just bad dreams, or was there a meaning to them? And why did some people call Darling "The Tea Goddess"?Read more ›
An exciting and unsettling race through a bleak, conceivable future which uses some very interesting hypothetical scenarios and neatly manages to not fall into any of the usual traps of modern dystopian novels (most of which pay obvious homage to 1984 or Brave New World). The main characters are interesting enough to make the reader want to know what happens to them; a common flaw in new dystopian fiction is that the author gets too involved in inventing his future world and forgets that he needs interesting people in it too, which is fortunately not the case here. I have reluctantly deducted a star for quite a few spelling and grammatical errors which should have been caught before publication and some formatting problems which leave large areas of blank space between chapters but the story is good enough that those errors can, in my opinion, be mostly ignored. A very enjoyable read and I look forward to reading more by this author.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a very quick read, but not necessarily a good read. The ending, if you could call it an ending, left much to be desired.Published 19 months ago by Kathie Watkins
skipped a lot of it.
not sure why
but it got annoying and it was very distracting to the point
of not liking... Read more
Great short story... I was so in to it, I hated it to end. Wonderful! Was hoping for the next...Published on March 2, 2014 by Amazon Customer
If the story was more detailed it would have been a better read. Cool concept though, would recommend as a lightPublished on June 15, 2013 by Komal Saini
I really liked this book. It was original concept, interesting characters, good story. I would have LOVED it, except that towards the end of the book when things are coming... Read morePublished on May 27, 2013 by R Franco
First of s all, it is not formatted right for kindle. Then, it foes not have the action I want. I made it 73 percent through and felt I wasted my time.Published on February 26, 2013 by JaxonD
Kai and Ceire died before revealing their secret. A generation later, the Tea Goddess sends Remy a book--a book that profoundly affects his future. Read morePublished on January 29, 2013 by Dave Loeff, author