Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Audio Book Review: Crucible and Flame

Crucible and Flame

By:  John Mierau

Publish Date:  January 6, 2016, Audiobook Release January 2, 2017

Format:  Audiobook - 1 hrs 57 mins
Narrated By:  John Mierau

Genre:  Science Fiction

Series:  Stand alone

Impression:  Living and experiencing can change you.

A Ferryman Walks the Fire to an isolated generation ship, only a few decades away from its destination planet. There, in a moment of tragedy, he will learn that despite hundreds of years of life and the promise of endless more, even a Ferryman's life can change.

First Sentence:
The fire licked hungrily, and The Ferryman walked.

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My Thoughts and Summary:
*This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review at my request.

The Ferryman escorts his passenger through the flames to ship 227, that's been around for hundreds of years and now a few short decades to reaching it's destination, finds himself alone while the Legal negotiated his trade. The Ferryman didn't expect to learn there was more to life than what he does for work, surprised at coming to feel relaxed around the people that fear and worship him.

John voices his own story here. And in doing that, he knows what his characters are to feel. The beginning it felt like there was space between the words but quickly came to a routine cadence to the reading. In the end, I felt Ferryman's resignation and appreciation.

This story feels of what The Ferryman has to deal with, the physical aches and pains along with the torment he feels when the people reach for him asking to be taken away. We see much of this in the beginning. Though it felt as I was trying hard to understand the world and ways of things, but then things started to click. It feels as though the Ferryman needs to learn a bit of humility, and does so on ship 227. By the end I understood what John had created here with the ship and flame and the ferryman.

John is one that writes fascinating short stories that people face themselves and their feelings, growing to become more. This story is no different. The Ferryman starts to see things differently, then lives through a drastic life changing moment.

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  1. The Ferryman's character seems very "human" if that makes sense. From your review, it sounds like that's the focal point of the story and the rest is just background?

  2. I love short stories like this one. Sounds like an author to keep your eye on!

  3. I'm intrigued on the author actually voicing his own book. It makes sense in some aspects like you said they know what to expect and how they picture the characters and emotions.


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