on March 31, 2014 :
In the year 2245, astrophysicist Dr. Gloria Boucher discovered a planet in the star system of Epsilon Eridani. A US company launched a robotic probe toward the planet & discovered it was a lot like earth. No humans or animal life was observed. It was named Boucher’s World. Upon arrival PPL were greeted by life form the Elvwists. They were from Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy. After a yr. crops were planted & animals habituated. A Dome covered the entire planet. The Continental Law Enforcement guarded the dome door. The humans would probably not have survived without the Elvwists help. Cats/Dogs traveled to Boucher’s World as well.
Cool book cover, great font & writing style. A fairly well written quirky fantasy sci-fi/paranormal book. It wasn’t always very easy to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. Quite a few twists/turns. No grammar errors, repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of interesting scenarios & a great set of characters to keep track of. This could make a great maybe an older teen sci-fi/paranormal movie, animated cartoon or mini TV series. It was just OK for me, I don’t think I got the whole story content. That said I will rate it at 4/5 stars for this book.
Thank you for the free book
Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
(review of free book)
on April 18, 2013 :
I used to be a stubborn reader. Once I started, I'd finish a book no matter what. That changed with the advent of e-Readers and cheap and free eBooks. Now I'll stop as soon as I've had enough, which, with most self-published novels, is usually somewhere around the middle of the first page.
Boucher's World: Emergent was a pleasant surprise. Firstly, it's a good story well-written and told, and clearly the first chapter in a much larger tale. Secondly, though it's sci-fi, it's not. Also, elements of the author's unhurried, agreeable style reminded me of works by Octavia Butler, Doris Lessing and, in some aspects, Orson Scott Card.
At 122,000 words, Boucher's world is quite long for a book (IMO) most suited to the female young (and not so) adult market. That said, it "feels" and reads much shorter, and while it's not a page-turner in an action-packed, adrenalin-fueled sense, the flowing, easy prose and gradual build up and development of the characters, the relationships between them and of Boucher's World itself drew me in and kept me turning the pages and wanting to learn more.
Without giving too much away, Emergent begins when the heroine Jade, a teenage pest-controller, and her "evolved" feline companion, Tally, find a doorway out of the mysterious dome that appeared some 2000 years previously, sealing both the recently-arrived human, and already-established alien, colonists on one continent of the planet.
A small, mixed group of humans (all with certain psychic/telekinetic abilities), evolved pets (sentient cats and dogs) and eleven-foot Elvwist (alien colonists) are chosen to leave the dome, each group hoping to contact their homeworld; the humans using the communicators located in the abandoned colonist's ships, and the more advanced (but slowly becoming extinct) Elvwist, by telepathy.
As I said above, it's sci-fi, but it's not, and instead of focussing on the "sci" part, the author concentrates on the "fi", creating vivid, vibrant characters and romantic relationships that grow with a story that just happens to be set in the 24th century on a terra-formed planet eleven light years from Earth.
I do have one niggle: Emergent ends without answering any of the burning questions it puts to the reader. Who put the dome in place, and why? What's going on back on earth and on the Elvwist homeworlds? Why are the characters' extra sensory abilities evolving so quickly outside the dome? Why is Jade so important to the continuity of the Elvwist race? Again, as I said above, Boucher's World: Emergent appears to be the first chapter in a MUCH longer story that is well worth reading.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)