Little Orphan Anvil
By Joseph Beekman
A Mystic Press author and graduate of Media Arts in fine arts from the University of Arizona (1994), Joseph writes books and screenplays, and is an avid supporter of animal rescue and protection. He is an avid fan of science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, and mythology, as well as a big fan of history, music, and the arts. Two books authored by Joseph Beekman are "A Tail Spun" and "Little Orphan Anvil" - both books are Mystic Press Publications (Feb. 2012) and are fantasy/science fiction based stories. Also available is a self-published, short collection of poems titled "Shades of Fate". Joseph currently lives in the "Wild West" of Arizona.
Little Orphan Anvil is a multi layered story. Structurally and grammatically this story is expertly written.
I'm unsure as to what market age the book was aimed at. I am however convinced that children of all ages would enjoy the basic story line. It’s the adults however that will see more in this story.
The cultural clash between old and new, between magic and industrialisation, between belief and hopelessness, and several other aspects run through this story with effortless clarity and to the more critical reader religious undertones in the story will become apparent.
I believe that this is one of those unique stories that would leave the reader with an impression that can relate to the readers own personal experience.
In essence this is a story about a little robot droid, orphaned by a storm, a little boy and his dog, orphaned by a war and an old man orphaned due to his belief system. As these three meet up with an escaped orphan a family is made. One that works as well separated as it does a unit. For me this 66 page read was an exploration into that one common denominator between all of us, hope.
I loved the story and plan to read it again soon. This time without the eye of a reviewer but of a person who adores well written stories with meanings deeper than which is obvious on the surface.
I would definitely recommend this book to all who have an hour to spare. It will enrich every reader's life; of this I have no doubt.
I give this book an easy 5 star rating.
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