a million little gods: the clearwater chronicles
(From the back cover)
A million little gods… that’s all they were – scattered here and there along the countryside. A million little souls pebbling the landscape… nothing more – as the sun cast their hollow reflections in shadows on the earth.
Welcome to Powhattan – a small, sleepy town located in the center of the Clearwater Valley, and cradled within the heart of the Hilltop Mountain Range. It is home to Clearwater College (Go Mudcats!), the Powhattan Institute of Mental Health and Awareness (PIMHA)… and the Travelers; a group of individuals hellbent on altering the very fabric of time itself – manipulating it for their own purposes – and in so doing, giving themselves freedom to laugh in the face of God.
But… unbeknownst to them, time travel is, at best, a tricky widget. Variable upon variable exists – some completely incomprehensible to the human mind. And though the Travelers had scoured scientific journals and essays related to paradox theories and wormholes, as well as theories on duality, mutable and immutable timelines, and alternate histories, nothing could quite prepare them for the truth. Not even literature (that great wealth of genius and imagination) had dared ask the inevitable question that now stared them in the face (if only they knew): What truly happens when time itself is undone?
Step into the bizarre world of Powhattan, and experience life through the eyes of Noah Adams (that haunted and troubled soul), Evelyn “Evie” Cain (that poor, unsuspecting girl), the Mayor (that sly old walrus), and others. Told through broken chronology and fragmented thoughts, a million little gods: the clearwater chronicles, will take you on a ride through thought and time.
Compared to: Edgar Lee Masters – Spoon River Anthology
Writing Style Compared to: Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
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Very Interesting Subject I love the subject – college students trying altering the fabric of time to laugh at the face of god. It brings to mind the story of Tower of Babylon, which was also constructed to try to prove man’s equality with God. And just like with that tower, altering the fabric of time proves more difficult than it seems. The novel is easy to read and understand, which is important for this type of subject. Strong opening gets you hooked from the first page. It isn’t quite Vonnegut but a promising work.
Intriguing The author takes you on a journey of what is, what could be, or perhaps what has already been. It kept me involved, wanting to know more about Noah and Evie and exactly what was their connection. The story of each character was brought to life by the wonderful descriptions throughout the book. I do hope to see more to more from the Clearwater Chronicles.
“Writing is dreaming with your eyes open.”