Barnabus’s nephew is behaving oddly. Calling upon Doctor Humphrey for assistance has not been particularly helpful, because the good doctor’s diagnosis of demonic possession is clearly preposterous. Even the demon currently ensconced on the front room couch agrees it’s preposterous. But then, how else to explain the portal to another world through which his nephew and Humphrey have just now disappeared? Barnabus knows their only chance of rescue is for Barnabus J. Wildebear himself to step up and go through that portal.
Thus begins an existential romp across space and time, trampling on Barnabus’ assumptions about causality, freewill, identity, good and evil. Can Barnabus save his nephew—and incidentally, all of humanity?
|Publisher:||Five Rivers Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.92(d)|
About the Author
He spent a decade making radio plays, working on productions such as The Merchant of Venice, The Handmaid's Tale, and Afghanada, with some of the finest actors, directors and writers in Canada. He engineered and story-edited Steve the First, a post-apocalyptic science fiction radio play mini-series, and its sequel, Steve the Second, which won a silver Mark Time Award. He produced and directed the pilot of Canadia: 2056, and story-edited all subsequent episodes. He is responsible for all the funniest bits.
In 2007, Joe left production to join the CBC management team. These days he's Director of Production Support.
Joe's short fiction has been published in Canada, Australia and Greece. He's been nominated twice for an Aurora Award, one of Canada's top awards for science fiction and fantasy, for his work on CBC Radio.
Joe lives in Whitby with his wife and two daughters, and their golden retriever and Siberian forest cat.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite The changes were very odd, indicating an obsessive tendency to neatness — frequent flossing of teeth, cleaning of the bathroom, washing of dishes, combing of hair, and the excessive smile that lit up his face. These were the signs that something was wrong with Barnabus's nephew and he couldn't let him continue this way, so Barnabus brings in Doctor Humphrey who stuns him with his outrageous diagnosis — it is a demonic possession. Before Barnabus can properly process what is happening, Humphrey and his nephew disappear through a portal. To rescue them, he'd have to go through the portal himself. But what awaits him in the world beyond this portal is for the reader to find out. A Time and a Place by Joe Mahoney is a satisfying read for fans of mystery and supernatural stories. Joe Mahoney managed to get my attention from the very beginning of the story and his gift of humor reflects powerfully in the narrative, starting from the very first paragraph. I always love to find originality when it comes to tone, voice, and writing and it didn't take long for me to notice this in Mahoney. He writes with confidence and his phraseology has a unique flair to it. The story is well-plotted and character-driven. I enjoyed the awesome descriptions that allow the reader to connect with the characters. I enjoyed the way the author presented Dr. Humphrey, leaving the reader with the impression that Humphrey must have changed over time, perhaps suffered much, and that he doesn’t take care of himself. Elements of intrigue abound in A Time and a Place and the reader becomes engrossed with the characters pretty quickly.
I loved this book! It stars off as a quirky Sci Fy with a main character with a great name - Barnabus Jehosophys Wildebear! And who doesn't love a sassy artificial intelligence system. HAL he is not! But it's not all fun and games. Life, death and extinction are serious business. Can't wait for Mr Mahoney's next book.