Astounding! is the once popular spec fiction magazine founded by Carter Evans with his then boyfriend Freddy Morgan who has gone on to become a very successful writer. The magazine is dying and so as Carter’s hope to resurrect it and his future. In a drunken haze, Carter wrote a vile rejection letter towards a mysterious writer J. Harper who keeps on sending him terrible submission one after another.
As he came to his senses and guilt eats him up about the letter, Carter decided to pay J. Harper a visit himself and decline the latest manuscript he received more amiable this time. It turns out that J. Harper is a sweet man who looked like the 50’s movie star Tab Hunter and who also claims to be an alien. Now despite his ludicrous claim, Carter still finds himself drawn to the man. As he invites him on a road trip, Carter discovers some things that he only thought could happen in his magazine – and that he’s part of every minute of it.
I am more than impressed with this latest effort of Kim Fielding. I can’t even begin to describe my admiration towards her writing. I’ve read quite a few books from her catalogue and 95% of those are 5 stars from me. This one is definitely one of them.
Astounding! has beautiful characters with beautiful story and the development of the story from the get go was nothing short of amazing.
The character of J. Harper or John is one of the most unforgettable out of the author’s number of MCs. There’s something about his vulnerability and sweet demeanor that makes you want to cuddle him and tell him that everything’s going to be alright. I loved that about Kim Fielding! She creates character that resonates with her readers. That is the same with Carter’s characterization of course.
Also, I thought it was beautiful how Ms. Fielding gave us an update about the characters from her other novels which includes the guys from Bone Dry, Speechless and Tin Box as they appeared in this novel to somehow give color to the story. I was more than happy to see Karl because he reminds me so much of John here. Perhaps it’s because they’re both non-human and their vulnerability from the start and that sweet innocence was always there.
This is no doubt one of the author’s best efforts and the fluidity of her writing is just amazing that I find myself getting lost for words on just how beautiful this story is.
Ms. Fielding, you truly are one of a kind. Thank you.
Rating: 5 out of 5 astounding stars!
Published June 26th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
About The Author
Kim Fielding lives in California and travels as often as she can manage. A professor by day, at night she rushes into a phonebooth to change into her author costume (which involves comfy clothes instead of Spandex and is, sadly, lacking a cape). Her superpowers include the ability to write nearly anywhere, often while simultaneously doling out homework assistance to her children. Her favorite word to describe herself is “eclectic” and she finally got that third tattoo.
All royalties from her novels Stasis, Flux and Equipoise are donated to Doctors Without Borders.