Moondust is a collection of fast-paced short stories full of imagination, suspense and thrills. The tales include dragon-slaying, magic and other fantasy elements. Cleveland W. Gibson’s storytelling has drama, tension and cryptic qualities. The scenes are filled with conflict and energy. Some of the conclusions left me wanting more. The author has a fresh, original approach and writes in a concise manner. I recommend this book for youths as well as adults.
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Some of the settings are based on Faringdon and the surrounding areas in the UK, where Cleveland resides. Local legend may have fueled some of his stories.
The opening story, “The Trophy Room” and “The Indian Rope Trick” are favorites of mine. In the first story, Peter Cosford tells Dr. Leo Harper how he discovered his friend could transform into a crocodile with a magical potion. (Incidentally, the real Peter Cosford lives in Canada.)
This story and other themes in Moondust parallel concepts in his new book Billabongo.
Dr. Leo Harper and Peter Cosford appear again in the first chapters. Cosford tells Harper about the events leading up to an alleged murder in the Trophy Room of his house, concerning a stuffed crocodile, his friend James Walton and a mysterious bottle of white liquid that has shape-changing properties. Others hear gunshots and a scream coming from the Trophy Room but when the police break down the door, no dead body is found. Cosford ends up in an asylum. Legend describes him as a madman and a self-confessed murderer, but could there be truth to his tales of the occult?
The plot takes a twist. Jarge Benson, who is a reoccurring character in both books, and three children vanish from the Trophy Room and must travel through Billabongo to get home again. They face many obstacles and riddles along the way.
The pacing is good. The language is well-written and easy to read. I sensed a British phraseology in the vocabulary and sentences as if the author was reading it aloud to me. His writer’s voice shines through. Later on, more characters are introduced as Jarge, Indian Nakota Towa, and the children make their journey. If one buys into the premise, it becomes a really incredible adventure.
Moondust is currently available as a paperback or e-book through www.lbfbooks.com. Billabongo is available through Amazon. These stories are worthwhile to read.