I know I didn’t get a chance to post yesterday’s review, but today your going to get a double review. First up today will be Tales from Aulora by Helen A. Quinn. This was a very unique novel. Its a set of tales that follow elite workers that make wishes come true. A very imaginative story that is a unique addition to the fiction world. Be sure to check my complete review after the book blurb.
Tales from Aulora uncovers the secret world of wish making through a series of eight human wishes that arrive on Aulora.
Travel from 1381 to 2009 as Bill and Bob receive requests (that’s wishes to you and I) to help a village idiot clear his name and find his way home, protect a woman from those who accuse her of witchcraft when she saved a young girl’s life, allow a Lord to maintain his lazy lifestyle, save two boys from a sadistic teacher, restore a troubled rock star’s success, help a teenage girl with self esteem issues, reunite a teenage boy with his mother and deal with a love request that is littered with complications.
Set against daily challenges, personality clashes, a recalcitrant boss and an ever increasing workload, Bill and Bob uncover a much darker force that is hell bent on destroying humans and the cause of failed requests. When the Negativities are uncovered and a powerful antidote is found and used against them, the future of Request Making hangs in the balance when the Negativities declare war on Aulora.
This collection of stories was a really different read. It was organized in a way that is reminiscent of Chaucer. With the main characters of Bill and Bob the stories show how complicated a simple wish really is. Every story from helping the village idiot to a love request wish has Bill and Bob fighting those Negativities that would prefer to keep all wishes unfulfilled. It was an interesting read but it does get a bit complicated and at points it can lose the readers interest. Though I felt it was a unique book in its story and organization I thought that the story needed to be a bit more fluid than it was. Overall, the individual stories were okay but in general I felt the stories were a bit too sectionalized and that made for a very slow read.