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The mystical green planet of Rendaz is home to devout goddess worshiper and university professor, middle-aged Beautimus Potamus - who also happens to be a hippo plagued by hot flashes and poor self-esteem. Beautimus forms an alliance with Samuel S. Goodwings, a younger womanizing, atheist praying mantis. When these two are together, life morphs from the mundane into the fantastic. Our unlikely duo solve mysteries, bring a murderer to justice, and even help end a war, while experiencing their own trials, triumphs, and tragedies. Often with humor, their situations and adventures parody Earth culture.
During their exploits, the two interact with a host of characters, including a pair of New Age flamingos, an ADHD afflicted trout, an orangutan detective, and a 310-year-old blue crane High Priestess. All of these creatures are more "human" in surprising ways than the citizens of the blue planet, Earth, we discover was once a Rendazian Colony.
Beautimus Potamus' tongue-in-cheek story is a magical fable-stew made with the ingredients of satire, drama, social commentary, and comedy, with jests, puns and wordplay sprinkled throughout. For good measure, a generous pinch of romantic flavoring is thrown into the pot.
©2017 Peggy A. Wheeler (P)2017 Peggy A. Wheeler
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5 out of 5 stars
By M Stein on 11-10-17


What a remarkable book. A story that is freshing and imaginative. A fantasy that is truly something unique and tongue-in-cheek and literary. A cast of character-animal-citizens that are imbued with attributes that are truly 'human' - flaws and funnies and all. Heroes and villains. An hilarious, self-aware, menopausal woman/hippo is the star. Her world, Rendaz, the superior planet and race of animals that 'discovered' Earth and its inhabitants. This story encourages us all to take a look at our world and our choices in a gentle and fairy-tale way. Fantasy, creativity, humor, pathos, great performances.

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5 out of 5 stars
By norman on 12-21-17

Intriguing, often funny, fantasy

This is a very imaginative, often funny, but sometimes sad, fantasy.The characters are very intriguing. The story is full of humor and irony, with many clever puns and word play. At times it reads like a child’s story, but then there is sex , violence,and death.This is a very entertaining novel. The narrator did an excellent job performing diverse characters.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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