ZOMG! An upcoming soon-to-be-super-famous published author gave me an advance copy of their debut novel?? This is so freaking cool… ahem. Sorry. Let me try to pull out my professional-ish article writing tone. I think I have one of those… probably? (I… um, don’t think I do. Oh well!)
In all seriousness, that was one of my primary objectives for creating Ace Asunder about 2 months ago: To promote great indie content creators on their path to content creation stardom. Thank you so much to the great author Chris Durston for giving me this opportunity to do that! Also, if there are any other indie aspiring authors, game developers, artists, content-in-general creators out there reading this and want me to babble-boost about your work, feel free to drop me a line and I’ll consider it.
Disclaimer: I also consider Chris one of my closest friends so my opinions of his work may be a bit biased because I know what an awesome human he truly is. Supporting my rare friends relentlessly and however I can while they pursue whatever they dream of doing is just how I am.
Speaking of friends, it’s indescribably awesome how we just gravitate toward certain people, click with them, and grow close bonds of true friendship with them, eh? Each Little Universe certainly captures that befriending magic right out of the gate and evolves those connections into something wonderfully cosmic. There are many more forms of love than just the often written about sexual kind, and I love how all forms of love get some… er, love in this story.
The main characters, slacker entrepreneur duo TM and Veggie and literal fallen star Ziggy, click in the first chapter and form a beautiful 3-way BFF-ship that becomes the center of this story’s deep universe. And oh man, the trio’s daily lives are anything but normal. But would you really expect normality when one of the people is actually a star (like, the ball of gas in space type star)?
The lovable cast spends most of their time in a rubbish flat dreaming up useless yet innovative inventions, going on freaking cool tabletop RPG campaigns with their quirky crew (Serious points for including a non-binary and pansexual characters, by the way. Representation rocks!), playing parody real world video games (One called “Blackest Spirit’ made me grin like an idiot, I will not lie), and adoring punnily named cats. And those are just a few cool things they do to form those close bonds with each other.
I won’t go into many plot details for spoiler reasons, but I can best say the overall narrative is depressingly inspiring, often diving into the infinity of the universe paradox and other existential crisis fueling topics I personally love pondering. What is life anyway? The author offers a brilliant point that the true definition of life is something our puny brains might be incapable of comprehending.
The author’s writing style is full of fun meta-fourth-wall-breaking humor, superb sarcasm, and tons of glorious geek culture parodies and references. This is absolutely my type of humor so I found it incredibly entertaining to read every word, binge reading about 3/4 of the book in one sitting. Oh and for anyone unfamiliar with UK culture, be warned you’ll miss out on a few good jokes which is seriously unfortunate for you.
Each Little Universe comes out April 30th 2020 and I highly recommend you check it out and support this amazing author! Here is ze Amazon link for your convenience (no excuses). I know I’ll certainly be buying a copy even though I got an advance copy for free. This is one of the most out-there-in-a-good-way stories I’ve ever had the honor of reading. I hope many more people get a chance to enjoy the cosmic craziness too! Looking forward to seeing more works from the author in the future.
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