3 out of 4 stars
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Astral Planes, by Trevellyn Aurthur Head, is about Fatty and his friends, Don and Squizzy. Fatty had a dream of becoming a journalist, but he dropped out of college. Now, he and his mates enjoy using substances. One night, on his way to see his blind date, he meets an old homeless man. The old man offers him a pill that has the ability to take him to his destination to enable him to find what he is looking for. Fatty takes the pill and immediately finds himself in a place called Astral Planes with strange creatures.
Meanwhile, Don and Squizzy, in search of weed, arrive in Bolly's house (Bolly is Don's cousin). Bolly sells a pill to Don, which he also got from an old man. Don and Squizzy take half of the pill each and find themselves in the same place as Fatty. In Astral Planes, they fight with demonic creatures, after which they see God, who sends them back to Earth with a mission to save the world.
Astral Planes is fascinating and well organized. Comprising 133 pages, it's a quick read, full of action and interesting events. I like the worldbuilding; it makes the story solid. Being a fantasy book, it includes dwarves, dragons, flying goats, flying snakes and so on. Though I'm not a sci-fi fan, this one gripped me from the first page, and I enjoyed reading it. Likewise, it'll be a rewarding feast for lovers of sci-fi and fantasy books.
The book is well written and entertaining, but I don't like the way in which God is portrayed in it. He is involved in some indecent acts, such as smoking weed and using profane words. Hence, some Christian readers may not like this aspect of the novel; they may see it as blasphemous. Also, I don't advise young adults to read it since it includes a lot of immoral acts. Again, it's jam-packed with obscene words, and there are sex scenes, though they are not explicit.
I commend the author for his vivid descriptions of the scenes and characters. The characters are quite relatable. Though most of them seem nutty, their attributes and deeds move the plot forward in an intriguing manner.
I rate the book 3 out of 4 stars. I didn't rate it lower because it's coherent and entertaining. In addition, I couldn't give it 4 stars because of the several grammar errors and typos in it, such as "Making there way to the car" and "Don sobbed, and Squizzy thought about the draw backs to his deal with the the devil." I hope the author sends it for another round of editing to enable it to get a perfect rating. Anyway, it was a worthwhile read for me.
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