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  • Posted November 8, 2009

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    Gaea by Robina Williams

    Worrying over the health and happiness of all the animals of earth, the goddess Gaea requests the Almighty Father, God of All, to allow her to teach mankind a lesson for mot taking care of her earth and all of the Lords creatures. By her side during this request is Quant, a seraph (an angel of the highest rank in the traditional Christian hierarchy) that likes to spend time on earth in the shape of a house cat. When God reminds Gaea that he is the only one that will hand out punishment and vengeance, Gaea takes the chance to offer a warning to mankind with the help of a family and friends. Always overseeing her actions is Quant with his optimism for the humans to learn, adapt and save the planet earth.

    What a really strange mix. Religious God, Greek mythology, Leonardo Di Vinci, and dragons all have a place in this book. With such a wide variety of characters from so many different belief patterns, it is sometimes difficult to keep all the characters straight (between the gods, goddesses, saints, angels and even the humans) and to know what they all represent. While I enjoyed the concept of the design center with the formation of new creatures for a new planet, some of it felt unnecessary even though it was interesting and fun. There seemed to be an over abundance of characters that had little to do with the main story. They may have had more to do with the previous books of this series (the first book is called "Jerome and the Seraph" and the second books is called "Angelos"), but I haven't read those stories. But what a unique story this one was. The need for everyone to be more conscious of our effect on the land has become more and more popular the last several years, this is another, slightly more interesting way to look at the need for all earthlings to go green.

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  • Posted September 3, 2009

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    A Blend of Christian Fantasy & Greek Mythology

    Looking for a book that offers something different? How about a story that seamlessly blends Christian fantasy with Greek mythology? In Gaea, the third book in the Quantum Cat series by Robina Williams, you'll meet Greek gods and goddesses along with angels, saints and even the Almighty Father.

    This intriguing story starts with Gaea, the Earth goddess, coming to terms with all the horrible things Man has done, and is doing, to her beloved planet. Her animals, both in the woodlands and the seas, are crying out to her. Deciding to take action, Gaea wants to destroy humankind but then Quant, a seraph (a member of the highest order of angels) disguised as a cat (and yes, Gaea does know his true identity) does his best to convince Gaea that there are many good men worth saving. The clever cat takes the goddess to a friary where the members are doing everything they can to take care of the Earth. Still, Gaea wants to stop the destruction going on throughout her world so she seeks an audience with the Heavenly Father.

    During her meeting with the Almighty, Gaea is frustrated because she is reminded by God himself that ".To me belongeth vengeance and vengeance is mine: I will repay." If Gaea cannot destroy mankind, what can she do? How can she get man to respect the Earth without hurting any humans? The beautiful goddess, with Quant still at her side, decides to descend to the deepest realms of Hades to enlist the help of her son Briareos, a 50-headed giant. She also asks Aeolus, the keeper of the winds, and Demeter, the goddess of the harvest, to help.

    Gaea is a fun, unexpected story that in the end is really about taking care of our planet and the ramifications of our actions if we continue on our current path. The author does a wonderful job of creating believable and likeable characters, even if some do live in Tartarus. I particularly enjoyed the character of Cerberus, the three-headed hell hound whose neck is ringed with snakes. In mythology, he is a terrifying creature, who guards the gates of the underworld, eliciting screams from all who meet him. But to Gaea, Cerberus is a lovable dog who isn't used to fresh air and so needs help getting up steep hills. Indeed, the author injects plenty of humor throughout her story. For example, when Briareos refuses to help the dog, "He wanted to come with us so he can damn well walk." it isn't long before the dog ".was nestled in Briareos's arms, and three tongues licked the giant's faces affectionately."

    After a quick start in chapter one, Gaea goes a bit astray with several tangents that, although interesting, have little to do with the plot. For instance, we meet St. George and St. Sebastian, who are working in the heavenly design center, designing the intestinal track and skin for a snake that will inhabit a new planet. It's a fun concept but goes on for much too long. Their design problems intrigue Gaea and she invites them to lunch and an interesting conversation follows, but surely the saints' work could have been addressed in less than the multiple chapters their exploits covered.

    Quill says: An unusual blending of Christian fantasy and Greek mythology that will keep the reader wondering what character from the Bible or mythology will pop up next.

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