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The Universe Builders: Bernie and the Putty: (humorous fantasy & science fiction for young adults) by [LeBel, Steve]
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BOOK AWARDS

*** GRAND PRIZE WINNER ***   Writer's Digest Awards (2014)
*** BOOK OF THE YEAR (1st Place) ***   Independent Author Network (2015)
*** GOLD ***   Readers' Favorite (2015)
*** GOLD ***   Independent Author Network (2015)
*** GOLD ***   eLit Awards (2015)
*** GOLD ***   San Francisco Book Festival (2015)
*** SILVER ***   Literary Classics (2015)
*** SILVER ***   New York Book Festival (2015)
*** FINALIST ***   Stargazer Literary Awards (2015)
*** FINALIST ***   Beverly Hills Book Awards (2015)
*** FINALIST ***   Best Indie Book Awards (2015)
*** FINALIST ***   Next Generation Indie Book Awards (2015)
*** FINALIST ***   International Book Awards (2015)
*** AWARD ***   Literary Classics Book Awards (2015)
*** AWARD ***   Kindle Book Awards (2015)

EDITORIAL REVIEWS

"Highly recommended. One of the most unique and well-written YA books I've ever read."  Judge, 2nd Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published e-Book Awards

"...smart, witty, creative, and captivating like nothing I have ever read before. Almost impossible to put down. Awesome!"  S. Fisher, Readers' Favorite

"A top pick for teens and adults interested in ... unique stories filled with unpredictable action."  D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review

"A rare literary treat...sure to win the hearts of readers. Highly recommended."  Literary Classics

"The story's creativity and innovative ideas thoroughly charmed and entertained our judges."  Independent Author Network Book Contest

Product Details

  • File Size: 1002 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Argon Press (June 1, 2014)
  • Publication Date: June 1, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KKQT1CC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,264 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By M Medler on May 30, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is fantasy at its best. Perfect escapism in the world of gods. I've always wondered how our solar system was created, and now I suspect Bernie my have had something to do with it.

Bernie's predicament is simple: freshly off the benches of God School's building program, he gets a job, but in order to pass his probation he must impress his very strict boss. It wouldn't be an easy task on a good day. When Bernie's work is being sabotaged, it becomes impossible.

This is just one of the layers of this story - the surface one - but dig deeper and you'll find there is so much more to Bernie as a person. Multiple factors influence his personality and convictions, and growing up fast isn't easy. Popular teenage themes wind around the main plot - self-confidence, social mingling, incipient attraction, a need to prove oneself, the youngster's place within his community - and all are treated with finesse and understanding. I wish I had a book like this to read when I was that age. But even now, I have enjoyed Bernie's story far more than originally anticipated.

The narrator's voice is so smooth, I picture him as a wise old storyteller that may have seen the passage of many millennia, sitting in a rocking chair with a thick tome on his knees. Observations and dialogue are peppered with humor, and the whole blends together into this really satisfying package. In the end, everyone gets what they deserve.

This book works on so many levels - it's suitable for youngsters and mature readers alike. If you like fantasy with a good dose of wit and originality, then this book is for you. Five shiny stars for Bernie. I'm certainly looking forward to a sequel. Will there be one?
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I saw how a friend had highly recommended this book and was convinced that it was right up my street. Let me just say – what an unexpected delight! I expected to enjoy it, after all every review I read was very positive, but I did not expect to be drawn in so quickly. The story had me captivated until the end and an overwhelming desire to see Bernie victorious kept me hooked. His genuine need to maintain his own strong moral code tests him to the limit. Others, his friend Lenny being one of them, might have been less considerate for his creations, but not Bernie. Challenged at every step by Billy the bully god, he always seeks to find the best solution that doesn’t include death, destruction or any form of violence.

As a young, impressionable god, he is shy, trusting and more than a little gullible. His relationship with Suzie is so innocent, sweet and touching. Bernie struggles with his own emotions, he embarrasses easily but he doesn’t run away. He is a resilient young man, with a heart of gold. The life form that he creates – albeit unwittingly – becomes very important to him. He is not self-obsessed by his own godly powers, although he is amazed at his own abilities at times. Having been abandoned by his father at an early age, the kinship that later grows between him and Alcandor (one of the leaders on his universe) is wonderful to see. The two of them each fill a void in the other’s life, and with a shared thirst for knowledge, their relationship blossoms.

The story is clearly one of good triumphing over evil, but written in such a way that it is not at all preachy. It merely entertains and inspires the reader – which is no mean feat. It’s a great read, you will be wrapped up in Bernie’s world instantly and will care for his creations and him in no time at all.

I do hope that Bernie will be back :)
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This is the kind of book that anyone and everyone can read, appreciate, and relate to. We all have a little part of us that thinks we can do anything, but Bernie, actually can. It's one of the perks of being a god.

Steve LeBel has done a wonderful job of bringing together a cast of characters who not only compliment each other, but bring out the reality and life of one another. With a clever writing style and a fascinating story, LeBel offers readers an incredible journey into a universe of originality and intrigue.

This book has everything to please readers of nearly every genre: family, romance, mystery, suspense, humor,fantasy and so much more. You won't want to miss this one and once you read it and love it, make sure you tell all your friends. I know I will.
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I received this book as an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review, having signed up for the possibility based solely on the synopsis and cover art. I was immediately intrigued which says a lot about Mr. LeBel’s ability to hook a reader before they’ve even started reading the book itself.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Bernie and the Putty. The writing is superb; so much so that I forgot that Mr. LeBel is not a teenager fresh out of school. Bernie and the cast of characters reach out and grab you from the get go, even if only to make you wonder who they are and why they’re even friends (or enemies) with Bernie.

In the reading it is obvious that Mr. LeBel is writing from a place of deep personal experience and a passionate interest and expertise in the sciences. I love a book that I can learn from and this book delivers a gamut of lessons ranging from weather systems to plate tectonics, right down to the fundamentals of what it would take to create not just life but a solar system to which that life will eventually belong. All of this wonderful sciencey-geeky-nerdy (I can reference this phrase because I’m one of those sciencey-geeky-nerdy people) information is delivered couched within the frustrating woes of a budding builder with pacifist tendencies that often proved to be his ruin in the past and still threaten his success. My brain is full of not only plot and characters but solid information and knowledge to support both. That scores highly in my appreciation factors.

Bernie and the Putty is an entirely unique book and well worth the read. This story delivers consistently, and often with surprising plot twists that serve to add layers of complexity and keen insight into what makes us all gods – our very humanity.

The true proof of enjoyment is my willingness to reread the book at some future point. This one is a keeper and I thank Mr. LeBel for sharing his talent.
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