Elom [NOOK Book]

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Fire from the Goddess and the meat and furs of the mammoth are all that the People need to live. It is a harsh life but a good one and it is one that all cherish.

Young Geerna knows that the time has come for her to become a woman and take up the tasks to keep her people safe. She waits in the Awakening Place, fearful and hopeful as her ordeals come to an end. Then, on the eve of her Womanhood, a shining light descends upon her and ...

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Overview


Fire from the Goddess and the meat and furs of the mammoth are all that the People need to live. It is a harsh life but a good one and it is one that all cherish.

Young Geerna knows that the time has come for her to become a woman and take up the tasks to keep her people safe. She waits in the Awakening Place, fearful and hopeful as her ordeals come to an end. Then, on the eve of her Womanhood, a shining light descends upon her and her world is torn asunder.  

And she embarks on a journey that none of her people could ever envision...

Eons have passed. Cycle upon cycle the Way of the People have remain unchanged: women are artists, men are hunters. Geerna’s Law is the covenant by which humans live in harmony and peace. 

 But all is about to change. A call has come for The People to choose their champions, and a summons to meet the mysterious creatures who selected Geerna so long ago.

All is unknown. As the brave souls who are chosen venture forth, they will come to discover just how much that pact that Geerna made so long ago has cost them. 

And they will have to confront the choices that might help them to finally know true freedom.

 


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

This unwieldy debut from former Alabama state senator Drinkard introduces a low-tech world where human reproduction is controlled to concentrate desirable traits. Life is regulated by the scriptures of Geerna, a primitive human who long ago reached a covenant with the goddess Shetow. The wise women of the Medora Council interpret Geerna's words and protect her secret prophecies, overseeing the competitions where adolescents demonstrate their skills and suitability for mating. Occasionally indulging in too-chunky exposition, Drinkard unfolds a world more complicated than it first appears. Seven young men and women, chosen to represent humanity when Shetow passes judgment, soon learn their goddess is not at all what she seemed. Shifting romantic entanglements, team dynamics and personal growth keep the human level interesting despite revelations in which the characters are largely passive, but the eventual pairing off is too pat, and the conclusion ducks the moral questions raised by such social engineering. (Mar.)

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Library Journal

Geerna, a young Ice Age woman, is transported by a bright light during her womanhood ceremony to a strange world called Elom. That is the result of the First Judgment. Eons later, as the people of Elom strive to follow Geerna's Law, news comes to them of a Second Judgment-and a group of six unique individuals are chosen as the champions of humanity. Their journey takes them to another world, one known to them from ancient legends. Former Alabama state senator Drinkard's first novel combines the prehistoric fantasy of Jean Auel's The Clan of the Cave Bear with tales of alien abduction to produce a unique dramatic exposition on the course of human civilization and its likely future. Though this is primarily a novel of ideas, the characters stand out as individuals rather than mouthpieces. A good choice for larger sf or alternate history collections.


—Jackie Cassada
Kirkus Reviews
A debut first-contact novel that blends a dash of classic Star Trek with a healthy dose of psychoanalysis. On prehistoric Earth, Geerna is preparing for her adulthood ceremony when she is abducted by a mysterious entity whom she believes to be the goddess Shetow. Hundreds of years later on the planet Elom, Geerna's intelligent but technologically primitive descendants must face Shetow's judgment upon the human race. The handful of people chosen as humanity's representatives must solve the mysteries underlying their artificially controlled society and work through their substantial personal issues as they prepare to submit to an unknown and extremely powerful intelligence. The protagonists are far too smart and sophisticated for their hunter/gatherer way of life (for example, they use terms like "specimen" and "variable" when it's unclear how or why they would understand those concepts), so much so that even the threat of Shetow should not have prevented their ancestors from developing a far more technologically advanced civilization. The story setup is beyond implausible; the prose overwrought and clunky; and the epiphany experienced by each character laughably obvious. However, despite these numerous flaws, the novel is intermittently compelling and possesses a certain naive charm. You might want to wait for the next book.
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"Engaging characters in a story told with the feel of a myth passed down by word of mouth."—David Drake, author of Lord of the Isles
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429940443
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 3/4/2008
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 1,147,163
  • File size: 537 KB

Meet the Author


William H. Drinkard, an Alabama native, is a life long SF addict and novice SF writer. His main interest is SF novels with realistic alien cultures. He collects old books and first editions (non-SF, mostly 18th & 19th century works); he also collects Pre-Colombian Art and Middle-Eastern artifacts. He is the outgoing Chairman of the Alabama Historical Commission, which has charge of the State Capitol plus many of the state’s historical sites. In his multifaceted life, he has been the VP of an advertising agency, a politician, hospital administrator, and real estate developer.  He now operates a consulting business.  Drinkard earned a BS at Auburn University and a MBA at Jacksonville State University. Elom is his first novel.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    A Great Read.I hope He writes a part 2

    A Great Read.I hope He writes a part 2

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    A top 5

    A great book. Could not put it down. It is a very fun re-read, always finding something new. Its worth the money, its worth double.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A winner

    The People live a difficult but greateful life they are thankful for Fire from the Goddess Shetow and the hunt mostly of the mighty mammoth who provide food and clothing. All of the tribe know their role in keeping everyone safe, men mostly as hunters and women mostly as gatherers and artisans. Geerna realizes it is time for her to become a woman. She anxiously waits at the Awakening Place not knowing what to expect when a light shines brightly on her she begins a trek no member of the People has ever had to do before her.-------------- Eons pass with People remaining the same. They abide by Geerna¿s Law enforced by the Medora Council wise women until Shetow who chose Geerna to bring the covenant to the People demands they choose new champions. Those chosen must prove to their Goddess that the People remain worthy.---------------- Although the ending is too simple, readers will appreciate this strong reflective look at the interrelationships placed upon people by an external force (think in terms of bringing democracy to Iraq vs. internally the royals bringing democracy to the Kingdom of Bhutan) vs. ages of tradition. The story line is fast-paced, but driven by the magnificent seven who ponder their places in society and with one another. Fans will appreciate William H. Drinkard¿s thought provoking mythos.-------------- Harriet Klausner

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