A Gleam of Light, by T. J. & M. L. Wolf

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4 stars

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To be perfectly honest, I’m not sure what goes better together than traditional Native American legends and ancient aliens. Seriously. Looking back at tales of sky people and creation stories—why can’t aliens be the answer? Now, the word ‘alien’ is never technically used, but…we all know. We want to believe.

 

 

After a crazy incident on a plane at 30,000 feet, Una Waters ends up distancing herself from her home. Now, as an adult, life has called her back to her Hopi roots. It winds up being exactly what she needs. A cave’s been discovered not far from her home, and now the military threaten the place she grew up.

 

 

The first thing this novel makes clear is that the main character, Una, is a POC. Not white, not ambiguous—she’s straight up Hopi and proud of it. In fact, not only does it focus on Hopi legends and traditions, but the plight of the Hopi and many other Native American cultures. They’re trying to preserve what little they have left with all the resistance from the white man. In many ways, the story parallels current events. There’s a lot of information given about the tribe, and it helps the reader to sympathize with Una’s plight. The information comes in intervals, as it becomes relevant to the plot.  Quite a bit of time and effort appear to have gone into researching the subject matter. Things don’t feel stereotypical.

 

 

With very much a Circle of Life vibe, the novel eventually comes full circle, as well. Coincidence is one thing, but the foreshadowing placed at the beginning of the novel shows that coincidence and fate are very intertwined.

 

 

If you’re looking for an action-packed thriller, you’re looking in the wrong place. For all of the conflict that does occur, the tone of the novel is still pretty mellow. It reflects Una’s character well. While she recognizes when she should have a sense of urgency, she feels very much at peace with herself and things around her. It’s an envious state of mind, to be sure. The relaxing narrative helped the reader to sit back and learn something new.

 

 

There was an incredible message wrapped within the entertaining narrative. It’s educational. A Gleam of Light is spun in such a way that it would make many UFO chasers sit down and say: “yes, please.” It’s only book one, and I’m very interested to see where Una’s journey’s takes her next.

 

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Close Encounters of the Rubber Duck Kind, by Vincent Lemon

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As a kid I always imagined all the silly little things that happened on Earth were for one reason: we were some kind of entertainment channel for aliens.

Vincent Lemon brings that thought to life.

We follow Calzone in his attempts at keeping Earths ratings at number one for the Scripter channels, only to be foiled at every turn by competitive creators that want nothing more than to win the Game of Life.

Throughout the book we see Earth history recreated in hilarious, but sensible, ways. Close Encounters even touches on the theory of multiple dimensions. Have you ever wondered why alien sightings always seemed so out of sorts and without definitive proof? Calzone will show you.

The characters were cute and funny, but the vast majority of them all sounded the same to me. Their personalities differed a bit, however with the exception of just a couple, most of the characters could have swapped parts and not changed the story.

The ending felt a little drawn out, as well. All the loose ends were neatly tied up, I will say, so at least it had a purpose instead of being long-winded and drawn out just so the author could hear themself ramble.

All in all, it was an enjoyable story. The plot was excellent and took some twists that I didn’t see coming (and believe me, I tried!). Definitely a read if you’re up for some humorous satire.

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