Gods of Aberdeen: A Novel

Gods of Aberdeen: A Novel

by Micah Nathan


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Gods of Aberdeen 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
mantooth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although well written the authors style was distracting and did not mask a rather mundane story. The character's journey lacked depth and I failed to connect him or any of the other characters. The entire story felt forced.
Whynhema More than 1 year ago
GODS OF ABERDEEN is Micah Nathan's first novel and it is well worth the time to read it. While the plot moves somewhat slowly for the first half of the book, the descriptions of people, scenery, events, and actions are exceptionally well done. Many authors struggle with descriptions and end up setting them outside the narrative, almost as an intrusion into the story, but Mr.Nathan blends his descriptions into the story telling with a gracefulness that keeps you from realizing you are reading all that stuff most often skipped over by readers. You can actually feel the bitter cold of the winter setting, taste the food, feel the drinks going down your throat, and agonizing over the doubts and fears of the characters as they struggle with their problems. Unlike too many novels, GODS OF ABERDEEN does not just end, leaving you dangling with many unanswered questions. All the threads of the story are tied, the climax glides easily into the final chapter and the ending makes you ready to read another novel by this up and coming author. I hope to see more of Mr. Nathan's work soon.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Sixteen years old orphan Eric Dunne leaves his second cousin¿s home in New Jersey to attend Aberdeen University in Fairwich, Connecticut on an academic scholarship. To help relieve some of the costs, the teenage genius works at the school library under the guise of Cornelius Graves, a weird sort rumored to be investigating the immortality legend surrounding the Philosopher¿s Stone. --- Because Eric is proficient in Latin, senior student and research assistant Arthur Fitch recruits the freshman onto the team of Dr. William Cade, also pursuing the Philosopher¿s Stone. With fellow student researchers Howie Spacks and Dan Higgins, they conduct experiments, but one alchemist test goes awry killing Dan. Eric is stunned by the death, but also remains hooked as knowledge is everything to him although he has not quite yet attained the obsessed level of the rival professors or Art who all three blithely keep working as the show must go one. --- This is an interesting look at the end all pursuit of knowledge at any cost (a modern King Solomon) including death. Though the sidebars involving a female interest seem unnecessary even on a free wheeling campus like this one, the key players including that coed are fully developed especially the eccentric fixated professors and the senior. However, in the end this allegory belongs to Eric who has obtained an education the hard way.--- Harriet Klausner