Monday, June 11, 2012

Give Away and MMGM: Nikolas and Company: The Merman and the Moon Forgotten by Kevin McGill

About The  Book:  Nick lives in a time when one can extend their life indefinitely through cerebral downloads, zip from country to country in hovercars, and have every whim taken care of by the ever faithful nannydrones.

Nick hates it.

Aside from the refugee camps, overpopulation, and unchecked consumerism filling every city across the globe, Nick just doesn’t belong. That is when he hears the voice of a woman: “The Rones lie about their true intent. They enter the city of Huron at the peril of us all.” 

Shortly after, his slightly crazed grandfather reveals to him:  “All you’ve ever heard about the Moon is a lie, my dear Nikolas. He was not always a mere satellite, a ghost wandering the stars. In an age before our own, Moon was our twin, and in him bore the whole of magical life. The cradle of this magical civilization was a fantastic metropolis filled with fire-breathing winged lions, volcano-born nymphs, automaton-legged mermaids, and so much magic you can smell it. We called this city Huron, and you, Nikolas, are her steward.”

Meanwhile on the moon, the senior stagecoach driver Yeri Willrow thought he was performing a simple drive and drop for his mysterious passengers, until they are attacked by foul-breath red-eyed creatures. He soon learns that his passengers are a family of automaton-legged merfolk, and he is their only hope. Yeri suddenly finds himself tasked with saving the merfolk or they will fall to the peril of the creature most foul. -Goodreads

First Line: "Sweet Huron!" Yeri swore according to his mother’s standards. 

What Other's Are Saying: "Kevin McGill has a refreshingly fresh perspective in world-building and I enjoyed the depths he took 
his character development as well. I enjoyed the jaunty dialogue the characters shared as well as the dark villains that had hunted poor
 Nick." -Author Elizabeth Mueller

"It's great for anyone that loves fantasy, science fiction, it's clean with just the slightest hint of boys and girls taking a notice of each other. Lots of adventure, but not so far fetched that you don't believe it."
-Buried In Books

What I Thought: What attracted me to Kevin's book was the Merman with automaton legs. I wanted to know how it would work.  Then once I immersed myself in the stories characters and settings I couldn't put it down. I found myself in a swashbuckling adventure with danger around every corner. Great descriptions of setting and characters and the dialogue was wonderful. Another great boy book recommendation. 

About The Author: Kevin McGill
Website- Be sure to check this out he has a contest going.
Guys Can Read -Great podcasts reviewing books!

Who: Kevin knew he liked this writing gig when 3rd grade classmates paid him two bucks for every story he wrote. Unbeknownst to him, the students turned in the stories as homework assigments (If Kevin had known, he would have charged double). His literary operations were exposed because the monkey scribble was undeniably Kevin's handwriting. Unless, it actually was monkey scribble. Kevin was cast into detention. But, being the industrious boy that he was, detention served as a place only to imagine more fantastic worlds. Today, his wife graciously listens as he reads wild stories about foul monsters, fire-breathing winged lions, and the mysterious voice of Huron city, which speaks only to its 14yr old steward, Nikolas Lyons. 

I will be interviewing Kevin in the next few weeks, so come back to learn more about this author.

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  1. excellent - looking forward to the interview!!

  2. I have not heard of this! I want to know how a merman with automaton legs works too. :-)

  3. Wow! This looks like such a neat mix of fantasy and steampunky-mechanical elements and scifi.


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