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Book of Constants

Book of Constants [Kindle Edition]

C.E. Alexander
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"We settle in a new town by misstep. I bring only my camera and her bits of captured sky. My son Kobe has a book he will not read out loud, and a stuffed frog his mother found while buying antiques. He seems to understand it, that she could rarely leave the house and that this toy was out of the ordinary. We had to name it for him, so I call it Cucumbers.”

With his trademark restraint and invitation, C.E. Alexander introduces us to Victor Ossis, the widower who relocates his young son to New Potomac, a small development in rural Wyoming. Soon we meet Evelyn Turner, the settlement founder, who offers much and seems to ask little in return. Next is Marta: lovely, thin and reticent. But more alluring than its residents is the town itself, with high concrete walls ideal for keeping secrets in—and for keeping them out. Within a few weeks of arriving, Victor is urged to lead a baffling murder investigation. It is his first act as a law enforcement officer.

Alexander’s fiction debut was The Music and the Spires (December 2012), also available through Zidi Publishing. Readers declared that the anthology was “dense,” “vivid” and “gorgeous.” Book of Constants offers the same ontological violence as its predecessor—with clear nods to Shirley Jackson and Edgar Allan Poe—yet with a distinctive voice all its own.

C.E. Alexander lives outside of Plano, Texas with his wife and two children. He works as a sales manager for a metal fabricator in Dallas, and tweets about everything other than his books @CAlexanderRun.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 199 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Zidi Publishing; 1st edition (19 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E1X3H5C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sense of something 4 Aug 2013
This novella casts a spell over the reader. Its atmospheric rhythm - created by excellent language, excellent timing - captures the mind and instantly, you are there, part of this created (re-created) landscape. Without having to describe it, the author ensures this post-apocalytic country still bears the crazy bureaucracy of the old one from which it is spawned. The characters are as stubbornly pragmatic, the words they use borrowed from other times, other legislations; and although procedures seem hilarious, we know they are full of dread. Nothing prepares the reader for the solution to the mystery - but the hints are there. You leaf back and find them, surprised at yourself for being so caught up in the protagonist's anguish. His soft sweet nature and how he cares for Kobe. Who Kobe is I'll not say - it's in the important first page of this very good story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Innovative Dystopian Fiction 12 Nov 2013
By CJ Moy - Published on
Book of Constants is a dystopian novel about Victor and his son, Kobe, who move to a chartered city, New Potomac, after a family tragedy. Think The Giver meets Hotel California, where a safe harbor is not all it seems, and the choices we make in seeking refuge may lead to unwelcome consequences. All in all, Book of Constants is an innovative and enjoyable story.
4.0 out of 5 stars Short Story Magic 29 July 2013
By Fayefaye - Published on
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This story draws you in from the get go and is impossible to put down. The stylish writing of C E Alexander, his ability to immediately set the tone of the story and his attention to detail are just a few reasons to read this book. You get a sense of the macabre and an undercurrent of uneasiness throughout the story and the ending is, well, I'm not going to tell. Hurry up and write another book, Mr. Alexander. I love your writing.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 27 July 2013
By Britt Buckenroth - Published on
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Couldn't put this down! I literally had goosebumps reading certain scenes (don't want to give anything away). If you enjoy a good mystery, you'll love this story. Add to it Alexander's eloquent, intense writing and you have yourself a very satisfying read. Enjoy, I sure did!
5.0 out of 5 stars What a read! 25 July 2013
By Sherry - Published on
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from the first page I was hooked and could not put it down. Very good piece of literature. After you read this one try the first book by this same author - The Music and the Spires.
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