Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Universe Builders: Bernie and the Putty

The Universe Builders: Bernie and the PuttyThe Universe Builders: Bernie and the Putty by Steve LeBel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

The story of Bernie is a unique concept. We are introduced to Bernie who is a young got who has just graduated and is trying to get his first job. In this world universes and worlds are created by gods and themselves live in a world very much like our own. They have friends and enemies, jobs and families and have problems and success just like we do. Bernie's story also touches on concepts that kids in our world have to deal with every day such as bullies and broken homes. Bernie's life hasn't been easy with a famous dad who isn't in his life and a bully at school who he encounters again at work. Bernie learns to deal with the situations as best he can and its interesting to see how things work out.

While the concept of this tale is pretty unique, some of the details were taken out of the bible and woven with the mundane. There was a reference to a god who was able to create a whole universe in 6 days and then took a day off as well as some of the names were pretty familiar like Gabriel and Ezrah. But then those were paired with common names from our world like Billy and Suzie which gave the story a bit of a choppy feel to it like two concepts being melded together a bit awkwardly.

However, overall Bernie's story was unique and enjoyable for kids and adults alike. A fun tale with some very real lessons to be learned.

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  1. Thank you for your review, Flora.

    Regarding the names, I think I may have been to subtle. The names of the young gods were all selected to sound youngish (Bernie, Billie, Suzie, Lenny, etc.). The elder gods were given biblical names to make them seem a bit more remote and older.

    Again, thank you for your review. I appreciate it!

    Steve LeBel

    1. You are more than welcome. I appreciate you giving me the chance to read it and I look forward to reading more of your work.


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