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The Man in the Box

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  • Posted July 9, 2013

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    Robbie Lake┬┐s life spirals out of control as the economy drives

    Robbie Lake’s life spirals out of control as the economy drives its nails into the coffins of the editing and publishing worlds. But Robbie doesn’t like things to be out of control, and now the child who used to retreat into imagination finds himself retreating into… a box.

    Instead of waking to Seattle’s gloomy rain, Robbie finds himself in a curious village with no memory, no past, and strange hints of an epic future. Hailed as the possible savior of the world, he makes friends, enjoys a pleasing respite from his daily cares, and then… wakes up again.

    As Robbie’s presence in his rebellious daughter’s life, or his silent son’s, seems increasingly irrelevant, it’s not hard to see the temptation to retreat into the world of his box. But soon the reader's wondering how close that temptation might veer toward addiction.

    The story’s dark with many real-world issues threatening Robbie. Meanwhile even his perfect alternate universe starts to fall apart. Lyrical beauty gives way to gory threat, and Biblical hints and allusions intertwine in the fall of a world whose maker has left the throne. But there’s also hope, leading to an ending that’s neither too sweet nor too sour.

    Readers with an editorial frame of mind might struggle with some odd word choices and tortuous sentences, but the plot is seriously intriguing and the story’s well told—a nicely odd and original grown-up Narnia perhaps, and an interesting read.

    Disclosure: I was lucky enough to be given a free ecopy of this novel during the author’s blog tour.

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  • Posted May 16, 2013

    This book was pleasantly surprising. Andrew Toy is a wonderful s

    This book was pleasantly surprising. Andrew Toy is a wonderful storyteller. This book was just not what I expected when I first picked it up. Robbie, the main character, is such a likable guy one most people can find a way to relate to. He is just an ordinary guy who gets laid off and then the adventure starts. Robbie discovers a box, he enters a magical world called Reveloin where he is the long lost "god" that everyone has been waiting for. He feels strong and together not like he feels in the real world. This book has adventure, humor, and fantasy. It jumps back in forth between his time in the real world and his time in the box. It is one of those books where you felt like you were on the adventure with the characters. It is also one of those books where you are reading reading reading and all is going well and then bam awesome happens. The End is definitely worth the journey. I highly recommend this book.

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