Boucher's World: Encounters

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Humans and Elvwists, the psychic adepts of Boucher's World, a planet in the Epsilon Eridani star system, have been out of contact with their home worlds for over two thousand years. Recently, they have learned that ships from each world will soon be arriving. Learn the outcomes of these crucial encounters that will shape and change the future of all humans, and all Elvwists. More

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About Bea Cannon

Bea was born and raised in Charlotte, NC, and though she has visited other cities and states, she has a preference for Charlotte and expects to live there for the rest of her life.

She is a teller of tales who enjoys concocting yarns of science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, and other stuff. She also relishes reading, drawing and painting, walking, and working crossword puzzles.

She is a retired electronics technician and admits to having worked at a variety of other jobs during her life, including being a dishwasher, a busgirl, a housemaid, a motel/hotel maid, working in a fast-food joint, a telephone operator, and a store clerk. There have been other, even-less-glamorous jobs, including picking cotton.

She is also a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who daydreams a lot and likes to dance.

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About the Series: Boucher's World Trilogy
Follow the denizens of Boucher's World though emerging from their two thousand year confinement to learning why they, as a people, were subjected to such treatment, and how they resolve being reunited with their ancestral worlds.

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Andy Smith reviewed on on April 8, 2014

I enjoyed it. Nice to finally find out what happened to them all. Not at all a typical rollercoaster sci-fi, more like meandering along a green river bank in summer... courageous writing and very different from what Id usually read.

The characters pulled me in to the story, and it was interesting how the focus was on the "little things" going on between them rather than the action. Instead of becoming boring, it became addictive reading: action becoming tangential to relationships, instead of the other way round.

Its different and enjoyable, maybe a little out of the mainstream, but I read it in two long sessions so it held my attention.

There was a point when I was wondering what could possibly happen once the Earthers had been assimilated, so the trans dimensional earth invasion came as a surprise. Im very impressed with the writer's imagination.

I did note this third book seems to be written more omniscient 3rd person, without a definite focus on any one character. Perhaps because there was so much going on and so many characters it would have been impossible to watch each on in detail. This distanced me a little from Jade, originally the lead character, but it did allow a much wider view of their society and culture. I'd have preferred a longer book with more focus on fewer people, but given the amplitude of the story, and the number of characters included, and all their differing motives and backgrounds, I can see why the writer did it that way, and they did a good job.

Given the slow build up over 3 books, the climax seemed a little too quick and easily solved. I have a feeling the trilogy really requires a fourth member to do it the justice.

My one gripe is that, given my darker view of humanity, I rebelled against the goodness-conquers-all message: the Boucher's Worlder's very "Christian" (my word, there's no religion involved) behaviour towards their would-be enemies, and the Emperor's family's eventual desertion to Boucher's World, were two examples I questioned. That everyone gets turned "nice" by good deeds is a beautiful idea, but so unlike reality. But that's just a question of taste, and I have to admit the story does carry a very optimistic message which, left me with a good feeling at the end. making me want to behave better towards people rather than dwell on petty grievances. And I can't deny that if we were all more like Boucher's Worlders, this one would be a much better place to live in...

All in all I enjoyed the trilogy and I'm glad I read it. Beautifully written in a very feminine style, as opposed to the usual macho, girl-kicks-ass YA stuff. Very pleasing to read. I hope it builds the fan base it deserves.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)

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