by J. Norwood Smith
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Pub Date 06 Apr 2021 | Archive Date 30 Aug 2021
With notes of Kurt Vonnegut and Alice in Wonderland, Hillbilly Epicurean sizzles with wit and subversive humor.
Denver Crawley has just started working for the Chimerical Research Division, a basement-level government agency, in Knoxville, Tennessee. It was either that or get cut off from his wealthy father’s money train. His days are now mired in monotony as he sits in a tiny concrete block office, thumbing through various forms of media attempting to find references to any strange and unexplainable anomalous occurrences from around the world that could signify bits of an alternate realm, universe, or reality.
When Denver finds a project that his predecessor had been working on—the same predecessor who had died on duty—his interest is piqued. It seems that in 1953 a group of archeologists dug up a strange artifact, a keystone with unexplainable writing on it. Now, years later, a construction crew in Kansas City has found another artifact connected to the first. What does it mean? It’s time for a road trip for Denver.
With the help of an eccentric consultant, he begins to unravel the complexities of the many realities that parallel our own and discovers the threat residing just beyond their borders. Now the fate of our world rests on the shoulders of a defunct government employee, a political scientist, and his demon.
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Average rating from 5 members
Part conspiracy novel, part humorous literary fantasy adventure. Denver Crawley is forced by his father to take up a position in the Chimerical Research Division, where his only duties appear to be to read and spot any unexplained events. Picking up on something his now presumed deceased predecessor was working on, Denver is led to the mysterious Dr Eric Drummond Smith and his invisible companion, The Bee.
This is a fun book which following the midway point moves at breakneck speed as our three protagonists come face to face with classic fantasy characters as our world and the world of stories begin to collide. There are some poignant moments and I felt there is a novel in itself about the relationship between Dr Smith and The Bee.
It's an enjoyable book and hopefully, J Norwood Smith will carry on writing in this world, expanding on his current creation.