Saturday, June 25, 2016

Review of Storywalker by Author David Bridger




Skillfully weaving ancient mythologies and his own imaginings, David Bridger created a fantastical tapestry with Storywalker. He did not just build a world, though. Rather, he devised an entire universe.

The environments vary much as our modern scientists extrapolate existing on other planets. Yet these unique characters are threaded together via very human foibles and failings, goals and gallantry. And also like real human beings they can surprise the reader, sometimes even themselves.

I found myself fascinated by how many historically recorded myths Mr. Bridger mirrored and/or spun in this one tale. Recognizing many, I sometimes laughed out loud – not at slapstick humor or gross banality but the sheer cleverness. A few puns were delightfully sneaky, clicking into place like puzzle pieces.

The story’s heroes, meanwhile, diverge and reconnect as their quest comes to light with the natural ebb and flow of understanding. The reader gains knowledge alongside them, too, an organic construction I appreciate.

Mention of real world politics did jolt me from the fantasy once or twice but I uphold Mr. Bridger’s choice to do so, by all means. I am simply enacting my own right to admit it’s something I find mildly irksome. Those moments certainly did not derail me for more than a few beats, and I respect Mr. Bridger’s humanitarian passions as something which surely enhance his characterizations.

If you enjoy myths and fantasy, plots with a bit of spin, and worlds intricately cast, I urge you to read Storywalker. And my best wishes go out to Mr. Bridger. Himself a brave fighter against Myalgic Encephalomyelitis like Storywalker’s Molly, he is first and foremost a treasure to both readers and fellow writers.

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12 comments:

  1. I'm always impressed with writers who can weave myths and legends into their work. I love doing that and I love reading it in stories. I think that's why I love South American writers because they do it so skillfully. I hope this book does well.

    @Kathleen01930 Blog

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    1. Thank you for that interesting information and kind word. How neat about South American writers. Be well!

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  2. It's not really my type of story, but I fully admire people who can create such imaginative stories, especially when they have to create a world/universe that doesn't even exist!

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    1. I appreciate the kind word, Stephanie. David Bridger truly is admirable. I hope you're having a lovely day!

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  3. Thank you, my friend. I do enjoy reading a good fantasy and you review of this one has convinced to me pic it on my TBR list at Goodreads.
    Great job and I hope all is well with you.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Patricia

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    1. Wonderful, Patricia! I'm thrilled and appreciate the kind praise. I hope you are well, also. Blessings to you and yours.

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  4. Sounds like an interesting book. Some people have great imaginations.

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    1. So true. Thank you for the kind word. And I'm awed by how creative you are, and inventive. The cat wheel still amazes me. :)

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  5. I do love some good worldbuilding.

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    1. I agree! Thank you for stopping by. It means a lot. Have a lovely day!

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  6. Hello Darla,
    I have nominated you for this year’s Liebster Award. If you decide to accept, the instructions are at my book review website at:
    https://patgarciabookreviews.com/2016/07/17/the-liebster-award/

    Have a nice Sunday.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Patricia

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  7. Thank you, my dear! I'm honored and will get to work on this tomorrow. Shalom aleichem. Sweet words, indeed. I'm so blessed to have found you.

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Thank you for taking time to share your opinion. Hearing from readers adds immensely to my joy of writing!