Saturday, March 30, 2013

Book Review of The Reluctant Goddess

Book Review of The Reluctant Goddess

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Title: The Reluctant Goddess
Author: A.F. Firebird
Genre: Fantasy

Published by: Pose Ltd
Date: 4th July 2012
Kindle Edition : ASIN: B007QMHPYE £1.54
Paperback Edition : ISBN-13: 978-0957313804 £7.99

Blurb :                                                                                  

Ellena Ripley is a bookshop owner from a rural town in the south of England – or so she thinks. But lately, she has a growing sense that life is not as it seems. At night, she dreams of a serene man who appears to be trying to tell her something; In the day, she can’t shake a feeling of expectation. But of what?

Meanwhile Hector, servant of LIFE and the man from Ellena’s dreams, has a dilemma. How do you tell someone they are a goddess? His previous attempts have met with disaster so he must be cautious, particularly when his new trainee, Boudica, formerly Queen of the Iceni tries to help. The question is can they succeed before it is too late?

About the Author:

A.F. Firebird is the alter ego of a sociologist/psychologist turned web developer from the UK. While A.F. Firebird has worked in several fields her primary focus is the exploration of six virtues: appreciation, forgiveness, compassion, humility, understanding and valor. Her first novel, The Reluctant Goddess, numerous short stories and children's books, all investigate aspects of these virtues.


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Author Interview:

  1. What character was your favorite to write for in this story? Why?

My favorite character is Hector. I like him because he is very, very old and so knows pretty much all there is to know about Earth, yet he still can't seem to get it quite right. Even so, through all the dramas and difficulties he keeps his sense of humor.

  1. Which was your favorite scene to write?

My favorite scene is the section in the middle of chapter 5 when Ellena has made some progress at last and we see LIFE and the entire universe respond.

LIFE noted the change in Ellena, like the chiming of a cymbal in a symphony. Its volume was low but the wave was strong. It rippled through LIFE, into the spaces between matter and the pauses between breaths. Building a harmonic that rolled on: out past Mercury, Mars, l7789-6 and everything in between, past the Hyades Cluster, through the Orion arm, on to the Magellanic Cloud, across all the satellite galaxies, on through Andromeda I, II and III. On and on it rolled filling the Virgo super cluster, Columba and all its neighbors, the Capricornus, Bootes and Sculptor Voids, until all of LIFE hummed with it.

Then it reverberated back to the world where the planet responded making it manifest and giving it form. Just outside Monterey Bay, California, three Pacific white-sided dolphins launched themselves towards the sky, flicking their tail fins as they went, then slipped artfully back into azure waves before speeding away in synchronized joy. In South London Malcolm Fielding, who was sitting in his high chair with dribbles of stewed apple on his pale green babygro, focusing on coordinating his fingers to pick up a rusk, stopped for a moment and chuckled to himself. Meanwhile, the newest member of the lemur family in Chile's National Zoo swung with effortless grace across the branches of its enclosure, landed in front of his mother and hugged her. Farther east, in Kabul, a seven-year-old boy put down a stone, stepped back from the UN patrol he had been tracking and ran home for his tea. And so it continued creating and recreating itself in the world.

  1. What was the hardest thing about writing this story?
The hardest thing about writing this story was setting it in a benevolent universe. This made it tricky to write scenes with conflict in them which would create tension and move the action along.

  1. Where do you find your Inspirations?

My inspiration comes from metaphysics. I enjoy writing about what the world would look like if it was built on some of the ideas from metaphysics.

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            This was an unusual book to read.  In the beginning the book jumped from the story of Elena, told through the eyes of Hector, her dog/angel/spirit guide thing, and other random people each ending with a number. Eventually I figured out that Elena was the person incarnate of a goddess and that each of the other chapters was an attempt to bring to goddess to the earth before and how it had ended miserably.

            The premise of the story was that the goddess’ return would bring an overall piece to the world.  It was a big confusing and a book I think I will have to read, at the very least, one more time before all the complexities sink in.

            This story is beautifully written, complex, deep, intensely spiritual, and very thought provoking.  While it could be read on the surface for “fun,” it is much more than just a story if you let yourself be open to it.

            I have a hard time deciding where to rank this book because of the complexity of the different levels of the book, but overall I think I would give it a 4 out of 5 clouds and recommend it for a time when you have a comfy seat, a cold or warm (your preference) drink, and a bowl of popcorn handy… and no disruptions.

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