Symbology

Adult
Rated 4.75/5 based on 4 reviews
Professor James Moonly is one of Grey Owl City’s foremost academic minds. When an explosion at a rubber duck shoppe draws the attention of the British Intelligence Committee, the good professor is thrust into a conspiracy involving a devious and ancient organization known as the League of the Symbol’s Vigil. Symbology is the first part in a duology and combines elements of sci-fi and fantasy. More
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Penward Rhyme is a seasoned academic, currently based in Toronto, Ontario. While braving harsh northern climates, he works as a translator, educator, and writer.

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Luffy Campbell reviewed on on June 2, 2019
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Alright so I'm a little over halfway through this book now and I very much like the narration style here.

I don't think I've ever seen a... er, "denizen of the bony caverns" narrate a story like this. It's got science, mystery, yeti-eating cults. All in all it's a joy to see an author take creative liberty and put together a story that steps outside the box of normal.

Some spare thoughts: Viola and Professor Moonly, despite really not getting along at first, seem like they have much more important chemistry developing, and having the military general Mr. Gant tag along makes for a dynamic trio, straight out of the Rule of Three (you can wikipedia that writing rule). Love it. Also, the plot never stays in one place. Halfway through, it breaks out of Grey Owl city and into Hong Kong of all places. Here we get some hardcore fantasy elements, which again is jarring but I think expertly done. The upshot is: Symbology's weird (and that makes it a mighty good read!)

I don't do ratings, but overall I'm having a lot of fun with this book.
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Cindi Chu reviewed on on Oct. 9, 2017

Part-way through, here's an update & some of my thoughts (may have spoilers):

-The story is quirky, but in a good way. It gives you a lot to think about and follow, so it's a book that readers have to engage / struggle with at times. The pay off (like touring through Rifter's Lane or the battle on the Great Grey Bridge) is pretty good.
-The choice of narrator as the worm is actually really interesting, and I don't know if I've seen that kind of thing in a book before.
-It took me a little while to realize it, but Chapters 0.9, 0.8, 0.7 etc... are all narrated by someone else. Who? I guess I'll find out when I reach the last of that chapter set. The PDF has a side panel to help readers navigate that, but I don't think / know if the EPUB version has it. That could make keeping track of narration tough for those readers.
-I looked ahead at the Mystery of the Chapters puzzle, and I can't make heads or tails of it so far. Maybe I'll try my hand at the essay-writing competition :)
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Cindi Chu reviewed on on Sep. 13, 2017

I've only started reading this book but right off the bat the premise looks interesting: exploding duck shoppe! I'm a couple chapters in so I don't have much to say yet but I think I'll update as I read more. Just flipping through it (I got the PDF version), and the colors and decorations are so nice. It's like eye candy / lit candy.
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Jen Mason reviewed on on Sep. 12, 2017

I was also asked to take an early look at this novel and I'm currently on the second-last chapter (Schrodinger). My thoughts up to this point: Symbology's a unique book that challenges readers to do more than just sit back and enjoy. There's definitely a lot to follow, but Mr. Rhyme does a good job of balancing it all and paying close attention to details. Also, the aesthetics of the book are super nice! The story takes place in Grey Owl City, but we also get to see a lot of the world outside, like when the professor, Ms. Gooseberry, and Mr. Gant travel to Hong Kong. For me it almost felt like a cross between Jules Verne's storytelling and Kurt Vonnegut's writing style, which is really cool. With characters you really learn to care about over time and a story that's well written, it was easy to invest in what I was reading. I'd love to see this in paperback though, since it is a long story and for me anyway I'm not a big fan of ebooks. The only other thing I'd add is that each chapter is actually pretty important. You should pay close attention to them, especially if you're trying out the Mystery of the Chapters contest like I am.
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Danny Snipes reviewed on on Sep. 11, 2017

I was one of the first people asked to read through this novel before it was launched with its attached charity campaign. The prose is cleverly written and the story of Professor Moonly vs the League is something that's not only out-of-the-box, but out of this world! That's no exaggeration: Symbology does sci-fi meets fantasy really well and its quirky characters, well-written dialogue, and (at times complex, but no less fascinating) plot make the book something I'd happily recommend.

Let me know when the sequel is out!

-Dan
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