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4.0 out of 5 stars To become a God...
Damien's Mother didn't invest one little shred into his childhood, in fact she tied him to the steering wheel of her car while she went with his brother off into the countryside. That's his earliest memory of his Mother, in fact he ends up being taken in by his best friend's family and an end to his so called family. Years later he's an astronomy student when his brother...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sci fi meets horror in an otherworldly clash!
This is the story of Damien. Rejected by his mother and brother growing - he is now an astronomy graduate at University. Content with his life, he is stunned when his brother turns up after 13 years with news of their mother, and a discovery he has made that will change all of their lives forever....

This was an interesting story, I really liked the originality...
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4.0 out of 5 stars To become a God..., 26 Dec 2013
This review is from: Whom the Gods Would Destroy (Kindle Edition)
Damien's Mother didn't invest one little shred into his childhood, in fact she tied him to the steering wheel of her car while she went with his brother off into the countryside. That's his earliest memory of his Mother, in fact he ends up being taken in by his best friend's family and an end to his so called family. Years later he's an astronomy student when his brother shows up wanting to repair their relationship and with amazing tales of the unbelievable. Soon Damien is off searching for the past and the future with startling revelations.

An interesting novella that does get railroaded at times with intensive science descriptions but it is well worth hanging in there, with engaging characters and a thought provoking plot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An author to watch out for., 10 May 2014
This review is from: Whom the Gods Would Destroy (Kindle Edition)
Review based on an eARC downloaded from NetGalley

It’s never a good idea, I feel, to give away too much of the plot, especially when reviewing a fairly short book, so I’ll try not to say too much here.

Damien is an astronomer. Brian Hodge does a great job, in the scene where Damien explains to his non-geek girlfriend, exactly what his vocation means to him. He touches heavily on the concept of the insignificance of humankind in the vastness of the Universe—a concept that is integral to Lovecraft’s fiction. He has a dark and mysterious past. His vague memories of being dragged along to some sort of ritual, performed by his uncaring mother and his half brother still disturb him. Then, one morning, after several years in which he’s managed to get his life on track, he finds his estranged half-brother asleep in his car. The first in a chain of events which lead him towards the terrible truth about his mother.

Some Lovecraft scholars have stated the opinion that, had Lovecraft lived longer, his work would likely have veered more towards science fiction than supernatural horror. This book is a good example of the direction he may have taken, and indeed had already taken in tales such as, ‘The Colour Out of Space’. “Magic's just science that we don't understand yet.” is a famous quote by Arthur C. Clarke, and it certainly applies here.

Not only does Brian Hodge get the “Cosmic Awe” concept nailed down, but his characters, and the way he describes the relationships between them, are expertly drawn to a degree that Lovecraft, himself could never have achieved.
This was my introduction to the writing of Brian Hodge. I’ve since read another of his excellent tales in ‘Weirder Shadows Over Innsmouth’, which has firmly solidified his position on my personal list of authors to watch out for.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sci fi meets horror in an otherworldly clash!, 2 April 2014
This review is from: Whom the Gods Would Destroy (Kindle Edition)
This is the story of Damien. Rejected by his mother and brother growing - he is now an astronomy graduate at University. Content with his life, he is stunned when his brother turns up after 13 years with news of their mother, and a discovery he has made that will change all of their lives forever....

This was an interesting story, I really liked the originality of it but for me a lot of the 'sci-fi' bits went right over my head. I didn't understand much of the terminology and that spoiled the story a little bit for me. That being said, if 'sci-fi' is your thing then you will enjoy it immensely. The story underneath the 'techy' stuff was unique, and it captivated me. The characters seemed real, and I related to them. The pace was spot on, and the story read well. My caveat is that this will appeal to 'techy', 'sci-fi' fans more.
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