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The Universe Builders: Bernie and the Putty: (humorous fantasy and science fiction for young adults) Paperback – July 7, 2014
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Businessmen are serious people, right? Not always. Steve LeBel — hospital president, technology entrepreneur, algorithmic trader — is definitely not serious. Not when he writes. Whimsy overcomes him at the word processor. Whimsy is at the core of his novel, The Universe Builders, which is told with LeBel’s unique balance of seriousness, humor, and whimsy. Steve lives in Muskegon, Michigan with his wife and two cats. When not writing, he can be found cursing the stock market, or thinking up new plots for The Universe Builders.
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At its core the plot revolves around a disadvantaged teenage boy, Bernie, who lives alone with his divorced mother and is extremely shy around girls. At school he manages to obtain a degree in Architecture Design and lands a job with a large firm. A fellow employee and former adversarial school classmate tries to sabotage his first design job and get him fired.
But wait! What if Bernie and most inhabitants of his planet are actually gods that look and behave just like humans? Then, what if Bernie’s degree in Architectural Design was actually for Universe Design and his first design included a yellow sun and earth-like planet with evolved, Bronze Age human-like inhabitants whom Bernie befriends and whose very existence is threatened by his co-worker’s attempts at sabotage? Plot complexity, tension and character conflict are thereby amplified, and the fate of a world and all its inhabitants is now at stake.
Out of consideration for those who plan to read the book, I won’t revealed all the complex plot twists or ending. However, at the end of the book Bernie is still a young god, and the story has some loose storyline fragments which, I hope, will result in demands for a sequel.
Universe Builders is as new and original as any book I have read in a long time. This book is so well written. Bernie and his friends Susie and Lenny are fun and entertaining characters, but also serious and smart to boot. Billy is an excellent, and thoroughly hate-able villain.
This is the kind of book that everyone can read, appreciate, and relate to and have a big smile on their face when they reach the end. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for something fresh and entertaining. The Universe Builders is a fun romp of fantasy and humor in the difficult life of the gods whose job is to build and create! As I writer, I found that Bernie's journey is very similar to my own.
In the end I DID get all the research information I was looking for. Steve LeBel answered the questions I was asking - "What does an award winning book look like?" An award willing book is a fun and entertaining book that you can lose yourself in.
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.
I found this book to be very good. kind of a lighthearted read. Bernie just is so good he makes you like him and the universe he builds is p pretty cool. the idea of the book itself is very cool. I think it was a sort of fun read but then you feel really bad for Bernie at times and just hate Billy. you find his friend pen my odd but interesting. Bern uhh especially love but he doesn't get it for along time and little unique creatures who follow him around interesting. the book just makes you think. I had a hmmm..moments. I really thought I t was an enjoyable read for all ages. teens to adults. you might even learn something or just think can this be true?
I recommend it. it's very well written. a great story and if you read on at the end a bonus. you'll.have to buy it to find out. I'm not giving any spoilers.
but you will find them on the review of my blog.
I suggest reading this book.
my blog review will be up in a day or 2. [...] The Book Junkie.
Thanks Steve for the push to read it and jump you ahead. it was a wonderful change of pace for me.
I was given this book for a honest review. I'm honestly giving it a 5 star. It's very well deserved.