"You’re never too old for a great fairy tale." - 5-star reader's review.
A funny and quirky fantasy fairy tale for adults complete with mystery, murder, romance!
The mystical green planet of Rendaz is home to devout goddess worshiper and university professor, middle-aged Beautimus Potamus—who also happens to be a hippo plagued by hot flashes and poor self-esteem.
Beautimus forms an alliance with Samuel S. Goodwings, a younger womanizing, atheist praying mantis. When these two are together, life morphs from the mundane into the fantastic. Our unlikely duo solves mysteries, bring a murderer to justice, and even help end a war while experiencing their own trials, triumphs, and tragedies.
Often with humor, their situations and adventures parody Earth culture. During their exploits, the two interact with a host of characters, including a pair of New Age flamingos, an A.D.H.D. afflicted trout, an orangutan detective, and a 310-year-old blue crane High Priestess.
All of these creatures are more “human” in surprising ways than the citizens of the blue planet, Earth, we discover was once a Rendazian Colony. Beautimus Potamus’ tongue-in-cheek story is a magical fable-stew made with the ingredients of satire, drama, social commentary, and comedy, with jests, puns and wordplay sprinkled throughout.
For good measure, a generous pinch of romantic flavoring is thrown into the pot.
"Truly a splendid and extraordinary story. It was refreshing to find something so original. Well written, vivid descriptions, great humor and delightful characters."
"So often we limit our reading to books by Dan Brown, John Grisham, Nicholas Sparks or Michael Connelly and we [...] miss the gems by new writers that put their heart, soul and dreams on paper to let our imaginations go where theirs have. This is one of those gems."
If you liked this book, you should check out Peggy's dystopian tale, Chaco as well!
About the author
Peggy A. Wheeler is a writer of fantastical fiction. Her debut novel, THE RAVEN'S DAUGHTER is published by Dragon Moon Press in Canada. Peggy studied English and Creative Writing at the U.C.L.A., where she was the only undergraduate chosen to study with Robert Pinsky, former Poet Laureate of the United States. Peggy has led adult poetry and fiction writing critique groups and workshops in both Colorado and California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What would you do if you were going through your day...minding your own business...when, without warning or preamble, "...a grainy image of a full-sized female purple-eyed hippopotamus..." suddenly filled the wall of your living room? And...not only that, it talked to you - IN ENGLISH - and called you by your first name? Well, being a writer your first instinct would most probably be to write down and document the whole experience. With that, the story of Beautimus Potamus and her adventures through space and time, begin. In much the same way as John Carter of Mars reached out to Edgar Rice Burroughs to chronicle his amazing life and adventures on far away Barsoom, B.P. (as I will call her),Uses the human author that she has recruited to tell the tale of a strange and exciting planet where animals talk and hippopotamus type beings study the history of a strange blue planet, 3rd from its sun. And chief among those tales she wants to share are the use of, and the universal meanings and impact of ANAM GLYPHS and how they will change the lives of everyone that embrace them. What are the ANAM GLYPHS you ask? Well...you'll have to buy this darling little book to find discover and immerse yourself in each GLYPH and its specific are of influence and impact. Peggy Wheeler, when not meeting with strange beings from another planet is the author of several other wonderful books of "fantastical fiction" as she refers to it including the post-apocalyptic CHACO and a murder mystery with a teaming a native American criminologist and backwoods county sheriff in THE RAVEN'S DAUGHTER.
Listening to this book is the only way to experience this best of books! What a wonderful tale....full of characters with tails! The animals of Rendaz live peacefully yet there are a few malcontents or troublemakers among them. Many have been banished to the wild and they start to parallel the humans. Rendazian civilization is threatened. We see all this through Beautimus the hippopotamus, a teacher of earth studies and believer of the goddess. We follow her and her companions through times wrought with complications and danger, heart-warming moments and moments of self awareness. The banter is witty, the parallels to humans funny and at times scary. Each animal is endowed with a rich personality that is brought to life by the narration of Kelley Haven. Anyone who only reads this book is missing out! Each character's voice is unique and appropriate. She has such an amazing range. My favorites were the squirrel and trout. Kelley's narrative gift is right up there with Katherine Kellgren, Roy Dotrice, Rob Inglis and Jim Dale. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.
Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite The Splendid and Extraordinary Life of Beautimus Potamus by Peggy A. Wheeler is a breath of fresh air that follows the adventures of a middle-aged hippo, Beautimus. Teaming up with her praying mantis friend, Samuel S. Goodwings, Beautimus finds herself in unexpected situations. When a murder occurs and a wand is stolen, Beautimus is brought into the mystery after she's accused of the theft. A war invades the land while Beautimus receives a new opportunity that will change her life. As her life is overrun with family members and a secret in her past is brought to light, a new romance surprises her. Along her journey, a range of characters enters her life in interesting ways. The Splendid and Extraordinary Life of Beautimus Potamus is full of surprises with layered characters and a unique voice. The characters are from a range of animal types, even ones now extinct, but their personalities and voices are entirely human. They're flawed and vastly different from each other, with realistic aspirations and “human” qualities. Beautimus is a grounded character, driven and intelligent, with a good heart and a great destiny that she isn't quite prepared for. Beautimus has a series of adventures that blend together in one incredible journey. From a murder investigation to family drama to romance to a war, there's something different awaiting her around every corner. There are several winks and jests directed at human nature, including the class that Beautimus teaches detailing the discovery of a species dubbed Hu Man. The humor is brilliant and always on point, with clever nods to the nature of different animals. This is noted in a marvelous scene where Samuel tells black widow males to stay out of relationships or they'll be eaten alive. Peggy A. Wheeler has created this unique world that completely pulls you in with social commentary, humor, magic, war, loss, friendship, and family. This is a 'can't miss' book that you won't want to put down!