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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Book Review ~ Daughter of the Moon: Book One - The Surface

Daughter of the Moon:  Book One - The Surface
By Patricia Green

Compelling, engaging, and altogether thought provoking; in Patricia Green’s, Daughter of the Moon ~ Book I:  The Surface, the reader is introduced to a  future that has evolved enough to permit open and tolerant attitudes in which Wikkan and Pagan tenets are mainstream practice.  Charles, Mikhail, and Sonata are the central characters through which the readers experience a more egalitarian social structure and a humane and benevolent rede is observed by many, “. . .fertility, nurture, and pleasure.”  This belief is not unlike the Wikkan Rede today, “…an ye harm none, do what thou wilt”; along with Wikka’s deep roots in the appreciation of fertility.  Solists and Daughters of the Moon are the two primary groups of observers of the pagan ways of the time.

On the brink of total annihilation by threats and occurrences of nuclear attack; many cities in the U. S. as well as around the world have been destroyed along with the lives of their inhabitants.  The main characters, along with a collection of friends who all game together, have formed an alliance, Earth Ark Omega (EAO).  They have developed a shelter, Articulus, to sustain their group in the event the threat of nuclear attack is realized on the home front.  Their plans are long term as the half life of the radioactive materials used will require a retreat from the earth’s atmosphere for at least twelve to fifteen years before it could possibly be capable of sustaining human life again.  The accommodations are designed to meet the demands of time and community.

Deliciously embellished with light-hearted bdsm, liberal sexual practices, and more evolved concepts of commitment in relationships; le pièces de résistance is the inference that the idea of freedom of choice in issues of life, personal lifestyle, and death has made significant advancements.  Finally, and most importantly of all, what the Patricia Green suggests the future holds for electronic gaming technology is the final inducement to enter her world of, The Daughter of the Moon.  I did and enjoyed every page of it.

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