The Magician and the Mechanical Doll – Tales of a Vernian Youth Tale 1
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Octavian, a promising graduate student of magic, is about to have his dreams shattered. As he activates his magical robot, Replika, the duo finds themselves thrust into an alternate reality of stuck doors and steam-powered tech. Little did Octavian know that his enigmatic research advisor, Teacher, held the technology to traverse realities! Octavian and Replika embark on a quest to uncover Teacher’s hidden secrets and find their way back home.
Join Replika and Octavian as they journey through immersive universes that will make you laugh out loud. Amidst their adventures, they encounter a vibrant case of characters and stumble upon more than their fair share of OPP (other people’s problems). Will they ever find their way back home, or will they remain trapped forever in this web of alternate realities?
The Tales of a Vernian Youth series beckons you into a multiverse brimming with enchantment and absurdity. With diverse characters that infuse a refreshing twist into the narrative and a writing style reminiscent of the great Douglas Adams, this series promises laughter, adventure, and more stuck doors than you can shake a wand at. Get ready for a whimsical magic-filled adventure that spans time and space, transporting our travelers to both fantastical and eerily familiar destinations. Think Terry Pratchett’s absurdity with a dash of scientific curiosity and Ben Aaronovitch’s wit minus the police. This thrilling concoction will keep you turning pages long into the night.
Are you ready to traverse the boundaries of our reality? Don’t miss out on this epic journey!
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What readers are saying:
⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Wonderfully Addictive “How dare you write such wonderfully addicting tales? I can’t wait for more. Keep the tales coming.”
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Amazing imagination “Loved the characters. Octavian is not typical and quite refreshing. Can I be Replika in my next life?! Who do I need to speak to?”
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – A whirlwind of adventure, magic and belly laughs “Gaius Augustus went above and beyond this story. I felt like Dorothy being wooshed away to Oz when I started Tales of a Vernian Youth. Thoroughly crafted world, rich (and quirky) dialogue, the vision and craftmanship are on point. I believe Gaius must have some magic truly, because this story has cast a spell on me. Standing ovation! Quick, don’t be stuck in a universe where you haven’t read this… !”
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Charming and clever “This is a highly inventive and charming story.”
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Well Written and Intriguing “Good world building with a splash of mystery and magic. Interesting read!”