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Still working through things. We were right in the path of Hurricane Michael (like so many others), and while the family is safe (pups, and parents), the house didn't fair as well. Baby steps back into the blogging world and started to grow, so you know, a post here, a post there, and away we go! Hope you stay along for the ride!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Orville Mouse and the Puzzle of the Clockwork Glowbirds by Tom Hoffman

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

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Today, I'm over the moon to be sharing a recent LISTEN I had of the first book in what promises to be an AMAZING series.  What's that?  You caught the "listen" part?  Well yes, I did in fact partake of the AUDIO version of this book (graciously shared by the author), and I'm not kidding in the least when I say...I absolutely ADORED it!  Seriously, as much as I LOVE my paper books (and the fact that I went out and bought the set via attests to that fact!), I can't imagine this one being done any better.  The voices were perfect, the narration speed wonderful, the emotions fully articulated in every scene...shall I keep going?  Well I will, just not in this vein because there's still the STORY to get to.  If you'd like a sample of the audio version though, keep reading...I've included the link/video from YouTube further down in my post.  Now then, it's time to make the acquaintance of Orville Wellington Mouse, Metaphysical Adventurer and his wonderful friends in Book 1 of the series...

Orville Wellington Mouse, Book 1
Tom Hoffman
Narrated by
Jason Zenobia

About the book...
Orville Wellington Mouse lives with his mum in the quiet fishing village of Muridaan Falls, Symoca. His life takes an unexpected turn when he learns his best friend, Sophia Mouse, is not only from another planet, but is also a member of the Shapers Guild, a group of powerful mice who are able to convert their thoughts into physical objects. 

When Orville notices a group of seven glowbirds exhibiting rather extraordinary behavior, he and Sophia attempt to uncover the origin of the unusual birds but soon find themselves enmeshed in a fiendish plot to embroil Symoca in a horrific war. 

Captured by the powerful and mysterious Red Mouse, the two adventurers are hurled through a spectral door into the terrifying world of Periculum, home of the dreaded giant, carnivorous centipedes. 

With help from the secretive Metaphysical Adventurers, Proto the Rabbiton, the Mad Mouse of Muridaan, a gigantic Gnorli bird, some ghostly Anarkkian warriors, and the enigmatic Monks of the Blue Robe, Orville and Sophia must find their way home and stop the evil Red Mouse before he destroys Symoca.


Creakers!  That was AMAZING!

It masquerades as a Children's or Young Adult novel, but is so SO much more of a grand adventure than you could possibly dream! With new friends to make around every corner, and dangers to face with abnormally large tentacles and many many rows of teeth, this is one story you won't want to miss. I'm not even generally a fan of audio books, seeing as my tally of those listened to leans towards about THREE in my lifetime, but the FANTASTIC tale itself combined with the narrator's telling was a PERFECT combination...complete with an assortment of voices befitting each of our new friends... and even our enemies!  It really and truthfully made this brilliant story come to life in a whole new way.

Seriously, by book's end, I was completely and utterly enchanted.  You'll come for the magic, stay for the adventure, and come clamoring back for more as you learn along with our wonderful leads all the fantastical wonders that exist, the magic...I mean, science behind the extraordinary, and the true source of unlimited power.  You'll also be left longing to meet Orville, Sophia, Proto, Master Marlowe, and the mysterious Blue Mouse...while snacking on an assortment of chocolate cremes and tasty little cakes!  Hey, when you hear/read about them, you'll want them too...good thing there shan't be a shortage any time soon.


About the author...

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Tom Hoffman received a B.S. in psychology from Georgetown University in 1972 and a B.A. in 1980 from the now-defunct Oregon College of Art. He has lived in Alaska with his wife Alexis since 1973. They have two adult children and two adorable grandchildren. Tom was a graphic designer and artist for over 35 years. Redirecting his imagination from art to writing, he wrote his first novel, The Eleventh Ring, at age 63. He recently completed the five book series, Orville Wellington Mouse Adventures. 

The Bartholomew the Adventurer Trilogy and the Orville Wellington Mouse Adventures are multi-leveled stories which have been compared to such classics as Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit, and The NeverEnding Story. The books were written for his grandchildren to first enjoy as thrilling adventure tales, then later on a deeper level the underlying themes of ethics, metaphysics, philosophy, quantum physics, and spirituality. The books were written to provide an alternate way to view the world we live in. To see magic as science we don't understand, to see all life as a single force, all equally precious, no matter the form. A world where violence is not necessary, a world where the protagonists are changed forever by their difficult choices, by their own sacrifices. A world of empathy, kindness, and love. And of course, ten foot tall ancient robotic rabbits and gigantic carnivorous centipedes living on post apocalyptic planets!



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Special thanks to author Tom Hoffman for the audio edition for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the series, the author, or the narrator, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title as well as the rest of the FIVE BOOK SERIES (yes, there are five, and yes, I now own them all in print!  Yay!) is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today. Also, before you go, I've got EXCITING NEWS!  Mark your calendars...

Orville Mouse and the Puzzle of the Capricious Shadows (Orville Wellington Mouse Adventures Book 3) by [Hoffman, Tom]

 BOOK 3 (Orville Mouse and the Puzzle of the Capricious Shadows) in the series is going to be FREE ON AMAZON A HBUGUST 9TH!  Spread the word!

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

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