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Review #2 Immortal Shadow

This review just came in through Amazon. I have a good feeling about this story!
“This is my first time reading this author and I must say I was very impressed. This short read had every element a good story should have. An exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s an abundance of well illustrated scenes that really make you feel like you are right there in the story, and that’s something I really look for in a good book.”- By Piaras on December 21, 2016 (verified Amazon Purchase)

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Review #1 for Immortal Shadow

“Immortal Shadow is mesmerizing fiction and a worthy successor to the first two books in the series. It’s most highly recommended.”

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

Immortal Shadow: Heroes of Distant Planets, Book 3 is a young adult fantasy novel written by Anderson Atlas. Jibbawk and his twelve competitors, who were all Shadoc slaves, were facing challenges that could lead to their deaths or serious injury, but, for one triumphant winner, a victory could lead to dominion over a planet. Jibbawk had trained assiduously for this event over the long years he had spent as a slave. He was faster, stronger, and more determined than any of the others — and he was of royal blood. His destiny was to dominate others. Each challenge was harder than the previous, but he prevailed over them all, meeting and exceeding the requirements of the elders. There would have been no question who had bested the opposition had there been any survivors left, but Jibbawk stood alone before the thousands of Shadocs assembled there. Cal-Kaw and Isawk, the elders who presided over the challenges, acknowledged Jibbawk’s triumph and granted him dominion over Lan Darr. It was a planet rich in resources, including a subjugated and functioning native population. Jibbawk’s prize was just the start for his grand plans, but it would serve him well for now.

Anderson Atlas’s young adult fantasy novel, Immortal Shadow: Heroes of Distant Planets, Book 3, immerses the reader in a universe where interplanetary travel is facilitated through the pollen of a flower that has acclimated itself to each planet. Atlas provides enough background to allow this book to be read on its own; however, I would strongly recommend reading the books in this series in order. The first two books focused on Allan Westerfield, a young athlete turned paraplegic as a result of the car crash that claimed the lives of his parents, and his travels to the worlds accessed through the pollen of the Hubbu flower. Immortal Shadow expands the reader’s familiarity with Jibbawk, the arch villain of the preceding books, and introduces another teen, Adam, who is Jibbawk’s unwilling advisor as he reshapes and modernizes Lan Darr. Immortal Shadow is mesmerizing fiction and a worthy successor to the first two books in the series. It’s most highly recommended.

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Review of Sun Skips Christmas- A Children’s Fable about Family and Sacrifice

“I love how Anderson Atlas has blended the quick shift in climate with the elements themselves, showing not only the delicate balance in our resources which are needed to survive, but also teaching us that material things mean nothing if we cease to exist. I recommend this book to all readers, young and old, who enjoy fairytales with deep meaning.” ~ Reviewed By Rosie Malezer for Readers’ Favorite

The Sun Skips Christmas is a children’s book written and illustrated by Anderson Atlas. One very hot December, as the days become longer and hotter, people grow angry and complain. They tell the sun to go away as it is neither welcome nor wanted. The next day, the Sun does not rise. People cheer that the heat is no longer a problem and that they can finally have a nice, cool Christmas. As the days pass, the sun continues to stay away. Plants and animals start dying from the cold and lack of food. People gather, trying to find a solution. When a young girl named Ellie suggests re-lighting the sun, she is mocked by some, with others becoming angry at such a silly suggestion. This grows worse when she suggests they build a tall tower, using all of their Christmas presents, so that she can climb the tower and light the sun. Although Ellie starts the tower alone, using her own gifts, the people start to come with their gifts also, enabling her to climb and reach the sun. The wind then comes and stops her from completing her mission in bringing warmth back to the Earth. Ellie decides it is time to have a pep talk with the Elemental Guardians in order to restore life to the planet.

Anderson Atlas has written a very unique and wondrous fairytale – one which I could very much relate to, in that I spent the first 38 years of my life in Australia, where Christmas Days sometimes reached +50 degrees, before moving to Finland where a typical Christmas is -45 degrees, and the sun does not shine for 60 days in a row. Although there are benefits and drawbacks to having a very hot or very cold Christmas, the most important thing to remember at such a magical time of the year is the people you love – your friends and family – and that presents are not the be all and end all of Christmas. People in this tale not only took the sun for granted, but also resented it for making the weather too hot at their special time of year. As the animals and plants around them started to die, they eventually had no choice but to heed the advice of a young girl, in the hopes of restoring precious life to Earth. I love how Anderson Atlas has blended the quick shift in climate with the elements themselves, showing not only the delicate balance in our resources which are needed to survive, but also teaching us that material things mean nothing if we cease to exist. I recommend this book to all readers, young and old, who enjoy fairytales with deep meaning.

Fools’ Apocalypse Review #8

Best Zombie Apocalypse Book I Have Read

By Tammy Shaver on September 11, 2016

This book is one of the best zombie apocalypse books that I have read to date. I started reading it on the 26th of August and it took me two days to finish it. The characters throughout the story grabbed my attention from the beginning and I just could not put it down.

It starts out with different citizens throughout the city doing odd jobs in several locations. Some sort of spy type program designed to spy on people, or at least that is what you think at the beginning. You then discover it was a set up for a more sinister plan than anyone could imagine. The only ones who do not get infected is the one’s who helped do the jobs, but this book even makes you think if they will survive.

Zombies come to life after some time and these survivors have to figure out ways to survive. It is not an easy task. A lot of obstacles emerge in their paths, but they are determined to survive. I really cannot say much more as otherwise I might give away the whole story, but I will say that everyone should read this book. Just fascinating, and the author has done such a good job at keeping the plot going.

If you are a zombie buff, conspiracy theorist, or whatever may be the case grab a copy of this book, you will not be disappointed.

Book Life’s Critical Review for Fool’s Apocalypse

Critic’s Report

Title: Fools’ Apocalypse
Author: Anderson Atlas
Genre: Fiction/Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror
Audience: Adult
Word Count: 398

Assessment:

After inadvertently helping an evil mastermind who triggers a zombie apocalypse, a group of survivors must flee to a distant shelter called Eden. Atlas’s story is the most gripping when he turns away from the common zombie narratives and clichés to concentrate instead on the stories of the “fools” who aided the mastermind, and the dark adventure of their desperate flight from New York City to Eden’s distant sanctuary. Fans of zombie stories and survival tales will find entertainment in this apocalyptic novel.

Score:

  • Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
  • Originality: 6 out of 10
  • Prose: 7 out of 10
  • Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
  • Overall: 7.00 out of 10

Date Submitted: August 12, 2016

Return to Lan Darr Review #6

“Allan Westerfield is a wheelchair-bound hero, but a hero nonetheless.   Five stars.” ~reviewed by C.J. Shane at Sonoran Arts Network

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I’ve been a fan of children’s literature since….well, childhood, and my enthusiasm has never waned. I continue to read children’s and YA (young adult) literature even today. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing the Potters, both Beatrix and Harry, and I know where the wild things go in the middle of night.

Consequently, it was with anticipation that I opened the pages of Return to Lan Darr, a sci-fi adventure story written and illustrated by Anderson Atlas.   Return to Lan Darr is book 2 in theHeroes of Distance Planets series by Atlas, a pseudonym for Tucson writer and illustrator Brad Peterson. I had not read the first book in the series. My immediate concern as I began reading was to see if Atlas could catch me up to the action right away so I would not feel lost. Atlas did not disappoint.

I quickly learned that our hero, Allan Westerfield, is a 15-year old paraplegic who spends most of his life in a wheelchair. Allan lives with his uncle Rubic because Allan’s parents died in a car crash, the same crash that put Allan in a wheelchair.  Allan is also a young man who has discovered that the pollen of the very rare Hubbu flower makes possible instantaneous space travel through a worm hole. Allan has already made use of this pollen, and he proved his meddle by helping the residents of the planet Lan Darr rid themselves of the bloodthirsty monster Jibbawk.

But now back on Earth, going to school every day, doing homework, trying to develop a friendship with school pal Laura, negotiating life with his uncle….life has become very mundane for Allan, especially knowing he can’t talk about his space adventures. Only his uncle and his therapist know, and it’s clear that they see his stories as delusions caused by trauma. Allan learns to not talk about his adventures, but he thinks often about his Lan Dar friends, especially the warrior Asantia. He dreams of going through the worm hole again.

Then disaster strikes. Laura takes Allan’s diary with the intention of helping him recover from his fantasies. She loses the diary. Soon every kid in the school knows about his space stories, it’s all over social media, and Allan has become the butt of a thousand jokes. The reader, too, has to wonder if Allan is experiencing escapist delusions based on psychological trauma.

Allan’s reaction to all this?  He feels humiliated, but he prevails because he knows the real truth. One thing leads to another pretty quickly and before we know it, Allan finds more pollen and he’s off to a new planet. This time it’s not Lan Darr, though. He will go through lots of pollen (different colors take you to different planets) before he returns to Lan Darr.

This book is action-packed – most definitely a page turner. Allan finds some Hubbu pollen and off he goes. We travel along with Allan to a cave-ridden planet filled with sword-carrying gigantic bat-like creatures, and then to a planet where visitors are seduced by luxury and leisure…until the easy life ends in enslavement. Allan meets one challenge after another and keeps his eye on the Lan Darr goal.

Meanwhile, back on Earth, the reader is thrust into Laura’s dilemma. She has been abducted by an apparently insane woman who believes her daughter was taken into space by the Hubbu pollen. At home, Rubic finds an intruder in his house, the dreaded monster Jibbawk. Of course Rubic doesn’t know that monster wants to kill and eat Allan, and Laura doesn’t want to lead the crazy woman to Allan. We follow these three lines of action: Allan, Laura, and Rubic in a roller-coast ride across the cosmos until the three adventurers all rendezvous on Lan Darr for the last great battle.

Return to Lan Darr is designated for the 11 and older reader. The fact is that any lover of action-packed adventure is going to enjoy this book. The only qualification I have is the illustrations. We don’t often see illustrations in books for this age group. However, these illustrations, all well-drawn, appear to be charcoal or graphite, and are all very dark. More contrast would have made the drawings more appealing.

Beyond that, Allan stands as a model for those experiencing serious physical challenges. He is thoughtful, resourceful, and courageous.  And he knows and believes in himself. He is capable of resisting public humiliation and bullying at school as well physical challenges because of his resilience and courage. Allan Westerfield is a wheelchair-bound hero, but a hero nonetheless.   Five stars.

New Library Gets a Free Book

Margot donated Surviving the Improbable Quest to a 6th grade library! How awesome!!

5.0 out of 5 stars An epic tale of survival of a young boy, August 15, 2016
This review is from: Surviving the Improbable Quest (Heroes of Distant Planets) (Volume 1) (Paperback)
Allan survives a horrific car accident that kills his parents leaving him a paraplegic. His other sensory perceptions take over, meeting creatures from another world when he survives a flash flood while on a camping trip with his uncle Rubic. A fantastic tale of survival of a young boy with limited mobility as he finds his way back to the camp and reunites with his uncle. Thank you Brad Peterson @ Synesthesia Books for a complementary copy that will be donated to my daughter’s grade 6 class for their reading pleasure.

Fools’ Apocalypse Review #7

“What struck me about Fools’ Apocalypse is that Anderson Atlas has taken two of the great themes of American writing: the river journey, and the band-of-travelers-against-the-wild, and used them to give new life to the zombie apocalypse.”

~Marian Thorpe

 

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Fools’ Apocalypse, by Anderson Atlas: A Review

Return to Lan Darr Review #5

5stars FIVE STARS!

We recently reviewed book one in the Heroes of Distant Planets series by Anderson Atlas, so it was a pleasure to read a preview copy of the second book in the series. While too many action/adventure titles aimed at middle grade and “younger” young adult audiences seem to focus on the “movie-worthy” adventure–meaning the Hollywood-esque action series, as if the author wrote it with a movie franchise in mind–it’s refreshing to read a series that actually works in the crucial world building that so many fantasy fans crave.

Both of Atlas’ books have relied heavily on the type of characterizations that made books like A Wrinkle in Time, The Chronicles of Narnia, and even the Harry Potter series so popular with readers. The main characters not only travels to far off places, but he meets a widely varied cast of alien creatures in every new location. The creatures themselves not only have full enough physical descriptions to hold the readers’ interest, but they have their own backstory and struggles woven in.

Speaking of struggles, Return to Lan Darr opened with one of the most realistic and timely portrayals of modern-day teen problems that any book has presented in a long time. It’s particularly upsetting to read ridiculous or outdated portrayals of bullying, and the concept that a handicapped student (the main character was paralyzed in the car accident that killed his parents) is “untouchable” when it comes to bullying is horrifically inaccurate. School systems and administrators like to tell themselves that any student with special needs is somehow safe from that kind of thing–mostly because we like to tell ourselves that adults would never bully a handicapped person, so therefore kids would be kind enough to leave him alone–but as Atlas clearly demonstrates, it is simply not true. After Allan’s diary where he writes down his adventures on Lan Darr (from book one) is stolen and passed around the entire school via a Facebook-like social media site, he has more incentive than ever to try to get back to the planet and fight Jibbawk in order to save his new friends.

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Return to Lan Darr Review #4

“lots of surprises in this book, ones that I didn’t see coming, and others that helped bring the story together. Beyond the shock, the adventure, and treks across the galaxy, there’s a budding romance that I found to be one of the best I’ve ever read.”

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I have read a few books by this author so I’m familiar with his style of writing and I’ve come to enjoy it. My review may be biased here but I think anyone who picks up a copy of Atlas’s work will fall in love with this awesome and adventurous story.

I have to say I am somewhat envious of Atlas, its been a longstanding passion of mine to do something to help shine light on characters as unique as Allan. Atlas beat me to the punch. So the next best thing would be to give this book the review it deserves. Passion aside, Return to Lan Darr is just as good as Book I in this series, if not better. If you haven’t read the first book, it isn’t exactly necessary to grab a copy as Atlas does a wonderful job at keeping the audience updated on things but it is definitely worth a read and helps bring a bit more meaning to the rest of the story.

We have a very unique cast in this book. Allan is a paraplegic, which is interesting alone, but there are also talking animals, creatures, aliens, and a number of intriguing humans who play a part in this series. Allan is most definitely my favorite because he’s so strong, physically and mentally. I think it takes a lot of bravery to be confined to a wheelchair yet take the stand that Allan did and discover an entirely new world!

There are a lot of surprises in this book, ones that I didn’t see coming, and others that helped bring the story together. Beyond the shock, the adventure, and plain old treks across the galaxy, this Book II has a budding romance that I found to be one of the best romances I’ve ever read. I think it was a wise yet cautious step that Atlas took in developing a relationship between Allan and his love-interest. Everyone deserves to have love and to demonstrate that so well in this book is something I greatly appreciated.

Once again, the imagery and the detail were spot on in this book. I couldn’t have asked for more to see and envision as I read the pages of this novel. You don’t have to have a large imagination to see this story play out in your head, but Atlas makes it clear just how large his imagination is with the depth he includes in his dialogue and the deliberate detail he uses in is descriptions. I am definitely a fan of this author and I look forward to reading more in this series.

I would recommend this book to readers of all ages and interests. If you’re looking for a unique adventure, this is the book for you. You will not be disappointed in this series whatsoever!

Valicity Garris‘s review