Month: May 2022

Book Review: Babouc’s Vision by Glenn Searfoss

“Babouc’s Vision” is a fascinating look at a futuristic dystopian society. At its most basic, this is the story of Harl Babouc, who is chosen by supernatural beings to evaluate a nearby city to see if there was anything there worth saving. If a deeper look is given, it’s actually a great deal more.

The story is told in a series of slice-of-life vignettes about moments in the lives of various city residents. There is occasional overlap, and occasional returns to previously-mentioned characters. For the most part, however, each section stands alone. I found each chapter intriguing, as I learned more about life in this society. I enjoyed reading about the various citizens, what their lives were like, and the challenges they faced in navigating the day-to-day business of living. I found it particularly gratifying when connections were made between the stories.

It doesn’t take long for the reader to realize that this is NOT a future society to which we should aspire. I think it’s safe to say that most people wouldn’t want to live there. What truly invites contemplation is that the world depicted in this book is NOT overwhelmingly far-fetched. Author Glenn Searfoss invites the reader to think hard about our own society, and draw potential parallels. There is a lot to consider in terms of our world verses this fictional one, and in decisions humanity might need to face sooner rather than later.

In the end, does Babouc find anything in the city worthy of redemption? Is the city saved or doomed by his observations? Of course, I’m not going to reveal that….please do yourself a favor and read the book to find the answers for yourselves!

Five out of five wedges of yummy blue cheese!

Book Review: The Master Craftsman by Kelli Stuart

“The Master Craftsman” by Kelli Stuart is a dual-timeline historical novel set during the early 1900s in Russia and the present. The author skillfully weaves in a lot of information about historical events, daily life, and the mindset of various parts of society. I enjoyed the new things I learned, and the book never felt like a history text. All of the information shared was a natural and easy-to-read part of the story.

The story itself was fabulous! I enjoyed both timelines equally, and found myself eagerly awaiting the newest developments in one timeline even as I was reading the other one. I especially enjoyed the way the two stories/timelines eventually connected.

The character of Ava was particularly well-written. She felt like a real person to me, and was very relatable. I felt that her actions and speech were appropriate to her age and situation, and very much enjoyed following along on her quest.

Honestly, this is one of my favorite books of the year so far. The mix of fantastic characters, historical information, and treasure hunting is absolutely perfect.

Five out of five chunks of my favorite sharp cheddar!