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Posted August 12, 2010
Gaea by Robina Williams - A Must Read
I was very interested to see what this book had to offer. It is a fun, easy read with a very strong environmental theme ~ that doesn't beat you over the head. I like the detailed descriptions of some of the things that Man is doing to the planet for which there are other, less damaging options ~ if only we humans would take heed of them.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The characters were very personable and fun to follow along with. The Earth Goddess, Gaea (Mother Earth) is quite outspoken in her need to make humans sit up and take notice of what they're doing to HER. She is quite funny at times with her temper and sarcastic wit. My favorites were the poor Friars who were being teased mercilessly by Quant - a seraph who masqueraded as their pet cat Leo. The Friars are trying to become more green and are learning to care for a garden and be self-sufficient where possible. (While trying to explain the strange sightings of a disappearing/re-appearing cat..)
I applaud the explanations and interweaving tales of the gods and goddesses, the Titans, the Christians, and the Lord. The author plyed her words in such away that anyone can receive the important message of this book while still enjoying a truly lovely story. It is a very readable book that covers the issues of ecology, faith, spirituality, myths, and history all at once.
Gaea's discussions with legends such as Poseidon and Triton were humourous and informational. The friendship between her and the seraph Quant is very warm, especially since she knows the Lord has sent him to keep an eye on her. When she and Quant had a "meeting" with the Almighty Creator, he shows her his love for all of his creations, including the pesky humans and admonishes her that HE is the only one who owns and dispences vengeance.
This is the 3rd book in Ms. Williams' Quantam Cat series. I'm looking forward to reading the others: Jerome and the Seraph and Angelos (Quantum Cat) as soon as I can. I'm happy to have discovered this wonderful author.
I HIGHLY recommend this book to all. I do believe there is a message for everyone residing in its pages.
Posted July 30, 2010
Well-done novel with a strong message
Third in a series, this fantasy novel is about Quant, a house cat who can cross between physical dimensions (and do a lot more than that).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Gaea (Mother Earth) has had it with mankind's wanton destruction of her resources, including plants and animals. After being physically attacked by a man, and left in a ditch, Gaea is ready to wipe mankind off the map. Quant, now in the form of a humanoid seraph, takes Gaea to visit God, the Lord of All (the Big Boss). God allows Gaea to warn mankind, or otherwise kick him in the rear end, but if there is any vengeance or smiting to be done, He will do it (and no one else). The pair gather a few friends, including Briareos (with fifty heads and one hundred arms), Cerberus, the three-headed Hell Hound, Demeter, Zeus and Triton, to see if they can change mankind's thinking.
Meantime, the brothers at a rural friary are entering the world of green living on the orders of their leader, Brother Polycarp. Their initial reaction is reluctant, at best, but they soon get into the spirit of starting a vegetable garden, baking with fruit from their own orchard, and occasionally walking instead of always taking the car. Quant uses them as an example to Gaea that some humans are trying to live the right way.
When those giant factory fishing vessels, with the nets that destroy the ocean floor, are at sea and about to deploy their nets, they are suddenly best by huge storms that come out of nowhere. They speed back to port to try again tomorrow. The same thing happens time after time; clear skies instantly turn stormy. The sonar systems on all submarines suddenly and permanently malfunction, for no apparent reason. Large parts of the world experience bizarre weather patterns, like dust storms and snow in summer, while those that are living in harmony with nature, like the friary, experience beautiful weather. Does mankind start to get the idea? Does he realize that using the resources of Earth in moderation is actually a good idea?
This is a really well-done novel with a strong, but not overdone, environmental message. The next time you litter or waste resources, just think, Gaea is watching.
Posted April 7, 2010
A Fantasy Story on the Brink of Reality
Robina Williams has provided an amazing tale combining mythology, religion and the society as a whole. Gaea, classified as a 'fantasy' novel, is much more than a work of fiction as it eerily hits close to home with the truth on how man treats the planet. This combination is perfect for those that enjoy mythology, and the religious tones are not offensive by any means. Symbolism is strong throughout this powerful story of man abusing Mother Earth.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Gaea pleads her case to the Almighty Lord, creator of all. With her is Quant, a seraph that is special in his many ways and quite the character. The Almighty Source decides that Gaea may teach man a lesson, as long as she does not harm him, reminding her that man is his own creation and only he may punish. He acknowledges that man had his faults at the time of creation, and that man's time will pass.
Quant asks Gaea to have an open mind as the two stop at a friary. Here, the residents are busy working the land, growing flowers, planting vegetables and making as many efforts to be as earth-friendly as they can be. This improves Gaea's mood, but to her she worries as it is only a small unit, not enough for a positive change. She journeys with Quant at her side to see her family and ask of their help in teaching man to treat her better. Her relatives of course come to her aid and do their part in teaching man a lesson. Man learns that Mother Earth has her own voice by as she says "Look at what you are doing to me, but look at what I can do to you."
The reader is reminded that anything provided by Mother Nature can easily be taken away in her wrath at man. In this current state in our time, I personally can relate to the messages given as I too, am fearful for what can become of our home. So many changes have occurred in the world and environment, and from just when I was a child.
I love how we are reminded that all things... animals, trees, rocks and blades of grass have a voice to tell us what is going on, if we just quiet down and listen to the messages by slowing down and tuning into our surroundings. This is something I do often as I find solace in Nature and I for one am doing all I can to preserve it, especially for my young son.
Posted November 20, 2009
Mother Earth is NOT happy and she is taking names
Gaea by Robina Williams ISBN 978-1-60619-183-5Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Review by Chris Phillips
In Gaea, Williams has created a humorous adventure book. Gaea is the title character, and is believable as a typical of Greek goddesses. She is on a quest to prevent Man from destroying her (she is the Earth after all) and her creatures. Quantum, as the cat or the seraph, is the central character of the story while not truly doing much, exactly like a cat in real life. Also, Quantum is the central character in the series of which this is third. Williams combines Greek mythology, Christian mythology and environmentalism with a deft hand and smooth continuity.
Quantum appears as a cat to some, as a seraph to others, as a pillar of fire to still others, and sometimes as several different avatars at one time, depending on who is looking. Quantum, Quant or Leo depending on the person observing him, does provide a great jumping-off point for the series while each book can stand alone. Quantum as the observer and quiet advisor is given a unique role when little is known about the character throughout the book, his history or even his powers. Surprises abound when Quantum acts.
Williams has had a good time writing this story and fleshing out Greek Mythology beings. Also, she provides many details to fill in the world as Gaea travels on her quest. However, even Christian mythology is given a fair treatment with various Saints appearing very true to their human incarnations. She builds a consistent framework where all these systems interact and coexist. Williams has created a world view that includes all belief systems within one overview. She has applied her humor to make this seem very real and credible. Authors often attempt to deal with religious issues and cannot make it work, but Williams deals with it but does so with finesse.
From the standpoint of the writer's craft, the best part technically of the book is that the characters are believable, alive, very well defined and described. The plot is well-thought out and well-developed, being consistent and smooth flowing. The friary is introduced as a very good counterpoint to Gaea's quest with the interactions between the monks and Quantum in his guise as Leo to the monks providing some strong repartee.
The monks are also very entertaining. Brother Bernard is aware of there being something strange about Leo, but cannot place a finger on it and so just frets. The monks go about rediscovering the simple life and learning to be more eco-friendly.
The locations and scenes of Heaven, the underworld and the homes of the various gods and goddess of Greek tales, are illustrated and detailed enough to make anyone what to live. The characters are self-conscious and very aware of their limitations as they were displayed in the myths or legends from which they originate.
This book is a great read for anyone. It opens up the mind of the reader while keeping the plot consistent. Those readers interested in Greek mythology, intermingling religious systems and in speculations about the afterlife, Heaven and spiritual beings will be very entertained by the book. There is really nothing to offend any reader except for the fact that it is made very clear there are more books in the series.
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Posted November 10, 2009
This is an intriguing vivid allegorical fantasy
Gaea the earth goddess fears mankind has gone too far in destroying the planet. The sea, land and air are toxic. The forests are barren. Animals and fish have no home and those who still survive are hunted or fished for play. Earth has become a wasteland for the avarice humans.--------Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Gaea decides the time has come to teach mankind a lesson to force humanity to change its wicked ways. However Gaea's partner, Quant the seraph worries she may go too far; besides his "employer" The God of All created Mankind with the hope that humanity will find their own but just way. Other gods from places like Mt. Olympus agree with Gaea that time has run out so they try to bring a scare to the shaken sons and daughters of Adam.----------
This is an intriguing vivid allegorical fantasy as mankind is being judged by the Gods. Ironically the cul de sacs that detract from the prime plot are fascinating in of themselves as the audience will be spellbound with a tour of the design laboratory where species for new planets are created as well as other locales like the Court of the Serpent and of course Mt. Olympus and Hades. Although too many engaging detours happen in this entertaining tale, fans will appreciate this fine look at Judgment Day. Whereas Gaea and her allies find humanity guilty of planetary destruction, the God Of All prays whether divine intervention either with a miracle or the apocalypse is a fair judgment on his part when his beloved favorite was bestowed with free will, which includes potentially species suicide.-----------
Latest green trend weaved into an entertaining tale.
In her latest release, Gaea, author Robina Williams joins the latest trend and goes green.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The book begins with a man dragging and kicking the body of a woman inside a ditch. Gaea, the Earth goddess, is unconscious, weak, and in severe distress due to men's constant brutal abuse and disrespect regarding nature's cycles and equilibrium.
Quant comes into the scene disguised as Leo. He observes Gaea's condition and decides to help her. Together they go for a walk to the friary. During their walk Gaea complaints bitterly to Quant about men's selfish and reckless behavior and the suffering of her plants and animals. She also shares with Quant her idea of "how to teach men a lesson" they won't forget. Men must be stopped or better still get rid off once and for all!!!!! Their visit to the friary was a refreshing experience for Gaea.
Gaea and Quant go to heaven where she has a meeting with the Almighty. There she continues her bitterly protest against humans. She states her case and requests permission to avenge her animals and nature. She wants humans wiped out of the entire planet! God reminds her that vengeance belongs to Him alone and he will not allow her or any of her family members to interfere with His plans for humanity. However, He grants her some lead way to teach men a lesson without causing too much damage.
Meanwhile, at the friary, Father Polycarp (Poly), the new guardian, announces his planned "green campaign" for the friary to the other brothers after one of their meals. This idea of having a garden with their homegrown fruits, vegetables, and some flower beds, at first, is not well received by the brothers. Most of them grumble, but are reminded by Fr. Polycarp of their vow of obedience. They all complied and adhered to Poly's guidelines for their "green campaign." However, once they started to enjoy the fruit of their labor, the fuss is replaced with joy and gratitude.
During the rest of the story the reader will be taken to worlds known to humans only through tales, legends and myths. Or are they truly hidden from humans? The author's creativity shows an image of heaven never seen before.
But not all places are pleasant like heaven. Gaea and Quant will be traveling to deep and frightening places where the condemned souls are constantly tortured with no way out, except upon the termination of their sentences. However, those places are inhabited also by some of Gaea's beloved family members. Together with Quant she travels from one pantheon to the next gathering allies and developing a plan that will satisfy her desires to take care of men and stay within the boundaries established by the Almighty. During their traveling Quant accompanied Gaea in his angelic form, a Seraph. Everywhere they go, Quant is looked at with suspicious eyes by the others. They know who he is and are wondering: why is he traveling with Gaea? How much authority do they really have on the scheme?
The end of the book is a celebration of victory and a waking call to humanity. I applaud the clever way in which the author incorporates today's concerns for the environment and weaves them into a story with elements from the world we know and the forces governing it, which are beyond our human understanding and comprehension.
Gaea is different from the two previous books in the Quant series. If we all do our part and measure up to the task, maybe we will receive an invitation to join the celebration at the end of the book.
Posted October 2, 2009
I find myself wishing that there was some great descriptive word - just one - that would sum up a book. I find, after hours of deliberation, that the only one that really fits for this book is, Outstanding!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Gaea is the earth goddess, Mother Nature, if you will. She was born from Chaos and has been "manhandled" by Mankind for quite a while now. Men have gone after the fish in her seas in abundance; they have been killing the land and the air we breathe with chemicals; they are damaging the crops, and cutting down the trees that are home to the animals and creatures of Earth. And, with all this greed, they have angered the goddess.
So.Gaea goes on a journey to teach Man a lesson they won't forget. Her nature, excuse the pun, makes the thoughts in her head lean toward taking Mankind out once and for all; show him that nature IS a force to be reckoned with. She can do it. She has that kind of power. Gaea's partner, however, the seraph by her side named Quant, works for a pretty strong God, too. The God of All who created Mankind in the first place, and wants them to continue their path. He continues to hope, like all good fathers do, that Man will eventually turn themselves around and be the 'good' souls that He died to save.
We follow Gaea into many realms that are ruled by her family members - the well-known Olympians. We meet up with Poseidon and his mighty trident, with his son Triton by his side, who will use their innate power to teach the fishermen a lesson and help the sea creatures survive. We go down into the Underworld and meet the three-headed dog, Cerberus, who guards Hades powerful realm. (By the way, this three-headed monster is a loving, sweet doggie. I loved that.) One of Gaea's sons, the hundred-armed, Briareos, will help with the winds and the rain.the Olympians will do all they can to scare Mankind into realizing that what they're doing to the land is an atrocity. Man needs to understand that they are only a small part of the environmental network that make up the very core of who we are and where we came from. And they need to understand before it's too late. The Olympians pull together to unleash their power on the unsuspecting human race. (Makes you rethink the reason for all these tsunamis and fires that we're having more and more often. Perhaps someone IS trying to tell us something, and we're STILL not listening.)
But the Olympians are not the only ones involved. This wonderful writer takes us up to the Kingdom with Quant, the faithful seraph, where we meet up with saints and angels who are working in places called, "The Design Center," where they are drawing the innards and outer shells of the next fabulous race of creatures (flora and fauna) for a new planet that He's putting together. (These are my favorite moments). Each saint/angel has their own pet - a fire-breathing dragon(s) that set robes on fire when they're excited. There is a kitchen that serves heavenly meals, to say the least, created by the patron saint of cooks. There is a showplace and shop that is home to the work of the masters of galactic and planetary design. In this space, DaVinci has his own soundproof room where he likes to blow things up as he creates; Albrecht Durer is at an easel painting new life forms; and Michelangelo decorates rooms with his imagination and artistry.
I can't go on. Computer won't let me. Read this, people. It is truly OUTSTANDING!!!