A Bolingbrook Babbler Story
by William Brinkman
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Pub Date 13 Jul 2022 | Archive Date 1 Aug 2022
Tom Larsen grew up believing in stories from the Bolingbrook Babbler newspaper: of UFOs, half-human weredeer, and of vampire gangs that roamed the streets at night. Then one day his parents told him the truth—the stories were all a lie.
Fresh out of college, Tom built a reputation as a blogger of the scientific skepticism movement, debunking the reports of paranormal events in his hometown. However, after famous podcast host,
Jamie Kyle, posted a video about how Tom's attempts to "hook up" with her at a skeptic's conference made her feel uncomfortable, the blogger was furious. Now, in his mid-twenties and still angry about his humiliation, Tom has made a career from defending the skeptical movement against "modern feminists", including Humanist Heart, a group of social justice skeptics. And, when he hears that his hometown of Bolingbrook will host Humanist Heart's congress, and Jamie will be their guest, Tom hatches a plan to confront the podcaster.
The only problem is that he must work for the Bolingbrook Babbler to gain access to the congress, and risk ruining his skeptic reputation. But an attack by a weredeer while working on his first assignment for the Babbler leaves Tom's beliefs in pieces.
The monsters, the UFOs, everything he tried to debunk—are all real! Now, there are angry Men's Rights Activists trying to disrupt the congress, weredeer have surrounded the area, and mysterious time rifts appearing throughout the village.
Only Jamie and the Babbler can help Tom fix this, but will he be able to get past his anger and distrust before reaching the point of no return?
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The novel examines how people rationalize their behaviors. Each of the main characters is flawed. Anxieties and insecurities about the changing views of feminism, the skeptical movement, and desire for power are central themes
A well written and creative novel. Great character development. Five stars!
A quick, easy and interesting read that had good writing, a good storyline and well developed characters.
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