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Library Planet – Review Jack Magnus – 5 of 5 Stars!

August 1, 2015

Dear Readers. Here is another review of my short sci-fi novel Library Planet.

Title: Library Planet
Author: Tom Hendricks
Genre: Fiction – Science Fiction

Every so often, I run across a literary work that makes me want to read great sections of it aloud in order to savor more fully the marvelous and magical blend of language and meaning that merges into a living and synergistic spark.

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite (Five of Five Stars)

Library Planet* Co

Library Planet is a literary science fiction novella written by Tom Hendricks. Street and Smith is a solitary man who finds great pleasure in the company of books. Being a wealthy man, both through inheritance and his own industriousness, he was able to take advantage of the rift that occurred among the over 70 planets that had set up this planet as a museum and later a library for the Capital of the confederacy. The entire planet had eventually become the library before the two factions decided to set up their own libraries. Street and Smith was able to provide the money and material incentives to the departees, leaving him the lord of his domain and owner of the planet. He revels in the solitary delights of roaming his halls, cataloging his current and new acquisitions, and reading for hours each day, until one day his perfect solitude is broken by a sound. Following it, he comes upon a ghostly presence who swiftly departs. He’s enchanted by the visitation and knows which books to consult to find the way to coax her to appear once more.

Every so often, I run across a literary work that makes me want to read great sections of it aloud in order to savor more fully the marvelous and magical blend of language and meaning that merges into a living and synergistic spark. Reading Library Planet, I found not only that desire but also the compelling and irresistible impulse to read those phrases, sentences, and whole sections aloud — and I actually did. I was initially quite intrigued by the concept of a library planet and discovered an instant connection and feeling of rapport with that solitary man whose world is filled with vast uncharted shores and canyons, and the lore and knowledge of a thousand thousand beings. And I soon shared in his enthusiasm and delight as he finds and sets out upon his quest.

Library Planet is hauntingly beautiful, and the author’s use of language and imagery throughout the work is inspired. This story is part fantasy, part fable, and totally awesome; and it’s most highly recommended
Wow! This is breathtakingly good. Bravo!

APPEARANCE – 5 (of 5)
PLOT – 5
DEVELOPMENT – 5
FORMATTING – 4
MARKETABILITY – 5
OVERALL OPINION -5

Sculpture in the wild

July 30, 2015

My next issue of zine Musea will be about my Sculpture ideas. I like this painting of sculpture better than the sculpture painted. So it won’t make the issue. I think I have some better examples of abstract sculpture ideas.
See what you think.

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Library Planet – review, by Maria Stoica 4 of 5 stars

July 27, 2015

Musea Readers,

Recently I got more reviews for LIBRARY PLANET. There are 4 that I would like to share – they are two with 5 of 5 stars, and one 4 of 5 stars. Here is the 2nd one.

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Tom Hendricks’ Library Planet is an explosion of imagination and wonderful cultures from all the diverse planets.

Title: Library Planet
Author: Tom Hendricks
Genre: Fiction – Science Fiction

Library Planet* Co

Reviewed by Maria Stoica for Readers’ Favorite (4 of 5 stars)

Library Planet by Tom Hendricks is a short novel which takes place in a library so large it covers the entire planet it is built on. Once the Capital of the Confederacy, this planet stored the finest publications of each of the over seventy planets’ cultures. With time, the Capital was moved and this planet was slowly abandoned, the billions of echoing footsteps that once trod it fading away. Street and Smith is a wealthy, solitary young man and a bibliophile. It was only natural for him to purchase the entire library when it went on sale. As the last of the previous owners’ ships took off, all was left deadly quiet, except for the constant, soft hum of machines. It was perfect for Street and Smith. He was the only soul left on this planet amongst the innumerable books which he read and cared for. Or so he thought. One day, as he was reading, he heard an odd sound, as if something had fallen on the floor. When he went to the source of the sound, he saw the translucent shape of a young woman, a ghost running her hand along the books. She vanished suddenly and Street and Smith set out to capture her and find out more.

Tom Hendricks’ Library Planet is an explosion of imagination and wonderful cultures from all the diverse planets. Street and Smith tells us about them as he travels through the library. The story is narrated by Street and Smith himself and the way he describes his actions and the sights he visits depends on his mood. For instance, when he is worried or scared, the writing tends to look like a draft of jotted ideas since he thinks
quickly and mentions all his troubling thoughts. When he is relaxed, he describes the wonderful experience of reading and feeling each type of book. Not all books have pages. Some look like disks, others swim in tanks, and others are made of pictures since the language they have been written in had no words. This is a story for those who want to get lost in a planet sized library without spending too much time away from real life.

APPEARANCE – 4
PLOT – 4
DEVELOPMENT – 4
FORMATTING – 3
MARKETABILITY – 4
OVERALL OPINION – 4

Naked (some realism this time – drawing)

July 24, 2015

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Library Planet Review 5 of 5 Stars – Faridah Nassozi

July 23, 2015

Musea Readers,

Recently I got more reviews for LIBRARY PLANET. There are 3 that I would like to share – they are two with 5 of 5 stars, and one 4 of 5 stars. Here is the first.

Library Planet* Co

Library Planet by Tom Hendricks is a gripping mystery with a mixture of sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and even a bit of romance. I was amazed at how Tom Hendricks managed to bring out a story so deep on so few pages.

Title: Library Planet
Author: Tom Hendricks
Genre: Fiction – Science Fiction
Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers’ Favorite

In Library Planet by Tom Hendricks, with his immeasurable wealth, bibliophile Street and Smith could afford to buy anything. Because of his passion for reading, he decided to buy a library. Not just any library, but the Library Planet. A massive library where precious writings from all other planets were kept. What started out as a simple museum for all the
planets’ major publications had grown to be too big; it took over a whole moon. However, when conflict broke out the library came up for grabs, hence with his immense wealth, Street and Smith bought it. For years he lived alone, enjoying his solitude in the Library Planet. Then he was woken up by a strange noise; a noise that did not belong. His routine,
though not boring, had been monotonous until that noise. Then off he set to see what/where the noise had come from, and that is how he discovered he was not the sole occupant of the Library Planet. Thus begins a thrilling adventure across the Library Planet. Will he succeed in the quest?
Library Planet by Tom Hendricks is a gripping mystery with a mixture of sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and even a bit of romance. I was amazed at how Tom Hendricks managed to bring out a story so deep on so few pages. This profoundly captivating short story brilliantly comes to life through an intricate setting and a writing style that feels both philosophical and poetic, adding more edge to the thrill of reading the story of the Library Planet. The thought of being the sole occupant of a gigantic library should be eerie. Well, not if you live in the Library Planet.
Creepy? Yes. Boring? No. Definitely not boring.

APPEARANCE – 5
PLOT – 5
DEVELOPMENT – 4
FORMATTING – 5
MARKETABILITY – 5
OVERALL OPINION – 5


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