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Tobin Artichoke and the Queen of Heaven (The Tail of Tobin Artichoke Book 1) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B07H98L3Z8
- Publisher : Magic Number Books (September 27, 2018)
- Publication date : September 27, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 2802 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 238 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1916006418
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,629,119 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This story involves interdimensional worlds, magic, fairies, spells, etc. In fact the main character has a brother who has been decapitated and survives in a glass fishbowl type apparatus that has legs that provide him locomotion. This is all matter of factually mentioned by the author where everyone knows that you don't have to read a book to gain its knowledge - you can just eat it!
So as you read the first few chapters you will feel uncomfortable and lost - as someone else said, like Alice in Wonderland. Then the3 spell the author has placed on you starts to make you feel comfortable and the fantasy makes sense and you become comfortable reading the book. Then it starts to all make sense to you and the next thing you know, you have finished the book and have a craving for more!
So now you have been warned! This author is certifiable - he is certifiably good!
Bushnell developed the Tobin character in what appears to be a very disjointed manner, but in retrospect it is done brilliantly because you really get a feel for what Tobin is really about.
This book was like riding a roller coaster at light speed in a pitch black caves! There were many turns in the track and plot twists that you get no warning about till you are in the middle of it.
Magnificently written and I can't wait to start the next adventure. I proudly award this work 5 Stars!
Several people get to look at and talk about the chess piece leading to a day long motor trip from London to Hartlepool. A shop owner allows them in and finds a Faerie tunnel (as in a rabbit hole in Alice).
The book is laced with witticisms like "Tobin felt the weight of his age press down on his chest like a pregnant elephant on a pogo stick." (Chapter 9) These asides set the book apart from the norm.
We visit Hartlepool which is located at the conjunction of a Faerie Ring, a leyline and a nuclear power plant, conditions just fright for magic and fantasy.
The pace picks up as we watch Tobin, representing the creator of the universe, play a chess game against an entrepreneur who has operates the devil's franchises. The devil, Bill Muloch, wants to control both heaven and hell. And Tobin was not familiar with the rules of chess piece movements.
So there is plenty of magic all of which leads to a follow-on book in the series.
After some initial confusion as the Queen Of Heaven rune changed hands, the pace of the book pick up. I started to appreciate Niel Bushnell's wordsmithing. I had no trouble accepting Tobin's escape from a sealed room or realizing that a massive waste dump could be converted to some tiny amount of benign dust.
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