#review Orville Mouse and the Puzzle of the Clockwork Glowbirds by Tom Hoffman @OrvilleMouse
Orville Mouse and the Puzzle of the Clockwork Glowbirds
(Orville Wellington Mouse Series #1)
by Tom Hoffman
I loved the Deptford Mice books growing up and my fave Disney movie is Basil the Great Mouse Detective so I just had to read this book! Orville Mouse and the Puzzle of the Clockwork Glowbirds, is geared to (older) children, but for me it was still a magical read full of whimsical characters, and the world building is very creative.
Orville and his friend Sophia are members of the Metaphysical Adventurers, and this is Orville’s origin story if you like. He discovers Sophia is a Shaper and she in turn helps him discover that he is also in fact a Shaper – mice who are able to convert their thoughts into physical objects – which leads him to join the Metaphysical Adventurers.
The story will take you on a journey and transport you to the magical world that Hoffman has created, and for an adult it nice to be a child again and let you imagination go along with the story. I cant wait to read more of this series.
About the Author
Tom Hoffman received a B.S. in psychology from Georgetown University in 1972 and a B.A. in 1980 from the now-defunct Oregon College of Art. He has lived in Alaska with his wife Alexis since 1973. They have two adult children and two adorable grandchildren. Tom has been a graphic designer and artist for over 35 years. Redirecting his imagination from art to writing, he wrote his first novel, The Eleventh Ring, at age 63.
The Bartholomew the Adventurer Trilogy and the Orville Wellington Mouse adventures are multi-leveled stories and have been compared to classics such as Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit, and Neverending Story. The books were written for my grandchildren to enjoy as children, and again on a deeper level as adults, with their underlying themes of ethics, metaphysics, philosophy, quantum physics, and spirituality. A common theme is the idea that there is no magic, only science rwe don’t understand. The books were written to provide an alternate way to view the world we live in. To see all life as a single force, all life equally precious, no matter the form. A world where violence is not necessary, a world where the protagonists are changed forever by their difficult choices, by their own sacrifices. A world of empathy, kindness, and love. And of course, ten foot tall ancient robotic rabbits and gigantic carnivorous centipedes living on post apocalyptic planets!