literary_equine (literary_equine) wrote,

Review of Gaea, by Robina Williams

Gaea (2009) is author Robina Williams third foray into the world of her Quantum Cat series, and it is a wonderful addition to the adventures of the marvelous and endearing characters she has already introduced in Jerome and the Seraph (2004) and Angelos (2006).

Though the book starts off with a scene of off-screen violence that is atypical of Williams writing, the tale very quickly settles down into the familiar territory of the English friary and the friars we have come to know through previous tales: Peter, Valentine, Bernard, Polycarp, and others. Yet, as always, we are treated to many other places and times: the workshops of Heaven, the abodes of the Greek pantheon of gods and goddesses, and even the very Throne Room of the Almighty.

Yet, the charming and whimsical flights of fancy Williams' readers have come to appreciate in her two previous works--wonderful rabbit trails that temporarily lead away from the main storyline--will enchant any modern-day Alice, such as a visit to the Loch Ness monster and the delights of fermetry, an old dessert recipe.

In spite of the whimsy and charm, Williams has no trouble tackling some pressing present-day questions: global warming, the place of humanity in the cosmos, his relationship with God, the meaning of mythology, and other potential hot potatoes. However, Williams does so without turning her novel into a bully pulpit.

Lovers of Quant, the Quantum Cat and his cosmos will enjoy this third installment into the series and here's to hoping it will not be long before we once again can visit Williams' wondrous worlds.

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