D.J. Butler

Biography

D.J. Butler (Dave) is a novelist living in the Rocky Mountain northwest. His training is in law, and he worked as a securities lawyer at a major international firm and inhouse at two multinational semiconductor manufacturers before taking up writing fiction. He is a lover of language and languages, a guitarist and self-recorder, and a serious reader. He is married to a powerful and clever woman and together they have three devious children.

Dave has been writing fiction full-time since 2010. He writes speculative fiction (roughly, fantasy, science fiction, space opera, steampunk, cyberpunk, superhero, alternate history, dystopian fiction, horror and related genres) for all audiences. He has written and is writing novels for middle grade, young adult and adult readers. He has literary representation and is working on getting published in hard copy; in the meantime, he is entertaining readers with Rock Band Fights Evil. Dave has always had a soft spot for good pulp fiction.

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Books

The Goodness and the Mysteries: On the Path of the Book of Mormon's Visionary Men
By D.J. Butler
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 63,950. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
Further study of the Book of Mormon's Visionary Men yields new insights into their worship and ideas, and also into other ancient scripture. John 1 uses ritual props and staging to introduce Jesus as the Lord; Helaman 5 recounts an endowment of power; Ether 3 is a temple account; and Isaiah is an underground prophet, describing the dark apostasy of his day in code.
Plain and Precious Things: The Temple Religion of the Book of Mormon's Visionary Men
By D.J. Butler
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 44,850. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
0.75 star(4.75 from 4 reviews)
Nephi's small plates are a time capsule from the sixth century B.C., containing a "loser's eye view" of religion that strongly contrasts with the ideology of the Jerusalem establishment of the time. Lehi's dream and Nephi's interpretive vision are visionary-literary accounts of the two ordinances at the heart of the worship of Lehi's 'visionary men.'

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Smashwords book reviews by D.J. Butler

  • Consecrated on Aug. 06, 2012
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    This story starts with a bang -- giant humanoid robots ravage Provo, Utah (famous for a certain scene in the movie Fletch and, ahem, my home town), and take all the children, including Carly Emerson's two-year-old son Caleb… right off the planet. As the survivors of the attack try to scrape together lives in the rubble, Carly and her husband Jacob are called to participate in a special effort at the direction of the church -- they are asked to have another child, to be given to the church and raised in a special place of refuge, safe from the alien attackers, and become the next generation of Zion. So the story is War of the Worlds meets A Handmaid's Tale, played out in the lives of people who might otherwise be ordinary go-to-church Mormons, full of doubts and fears and trying to do their best. Its proud of Mormons' self-sufficiency and communitarianism, and doesn't sugarcoat the conflicts between individuals' hearts and what they are sometimes asked by the church to do. I loved this book, and you will, too.
  • Tongue of Fire on Aug. 15, 2012
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    The new Italian teacher at the local high school, whose kid has walked on to the football team as a talented star, has accepted an invitation to preach at the local megachurch. What he hasn't told his new congregation, though, is that he's Mormon. I had the privilege of reading this pre-publication, and loved it. McKnight writes for that segment of the Jack Weyland market that wants to consider serious questions about faith, revelation, the gospel, and Christian discipleship, without a sugar coating or a pre-packaged answer.
  • Refuge on Aug. 25, 2012
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    Vivi lives in the Refuge, with a few other adults and lots of children. At night she and the others sneak out, to snatch other children out from under the noses of the alien invaders and their giant android troops. Despite the good work she does, Vivi feels out of place; the other adults in the Refuge are all specialists administrators or scientists or mechanics or skilled crafters. As far as she can tell, she only came into the Refuge on her husband's coattails, and she is anxious over her role in God's plan... for dealing with the alien invaders. Then a recovery mission gone wrong pushes everyone to the edge, and leads Vivi to learn what her own special gift is. This is the second of three novellas by Angie Lofthouse, all accompanying her LDS sci-fi novel Defenders of the Covenant. As she does in Consecrated, the first novella, Lofthouse writes convincing ordinary saints, with ordinary saints' problems, transposed into a modern retelling of the War of the Worlds.
  • Renegade on Aug. 27, 2012
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    Kwetoo'unuv Walker is a Paiute kid with more interest in hunting than high school. His truant ways save him on the day the earth is invaded by the alients, and all his Cedar City classmates, along with most of the rest of the town, are incinerated. Kwetoo'unuv loses his family, but in the wake of the devastation he gains a calling. The wolf Toovuts, ancestral god of his people, guides him and charges him to prepare a safe place and gather human survivors into it. To carry out his sacred mission, Kwetoo'unuv has to fight, hide, organize, and ultimately to lead... all of it right under the noses of the earth's new and alien overlords.
  • Renegade on Aug. 27, 2012
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    Kwetoo'unuv Walker is a Paiute kid with more interest in hunting than high school. His truant ways save him on the day the earth is invaded by the alients, and all his Cedar City classmates, along with most of the rest of the town, are incinerated. Kwetoo'unuv loses his family, but in the wake of the devastation he gains a calling. The wolf Toovuts, ancestral god of his people, guides him and charges him to prepare a safe place and gather human survivors into it. To carry out his sacred mission, Kwetoo'unuv has to fight, hide, organize, and ultimately to lead... all of it right under the noses of the earth's new and alien overlords.