Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Final Reading: Unbound Boxes Limping Gods: Juba Apfvarzian

Unbound Boxes   

Limping Gods:

Juba Apfvarzian

By Cheryl Moore

Time Line: 4020, The Sahara Desert

Juba Apfvarzian needs to forget his past. He spends a lot of time taking drugs and drinking with his best friend and fellow drunk Alexand Merek. They met decades ago on a floating asylum ship for the criminally insane. Juba had a wife, Lucy and a son, Ayo, before he went to the asylum. When he was released, he discovered that they had both died of influenza, and he was alone. He and Alexand met up again after her release and discovered that they had a lot in common. Alexand had also lost her wife, Katherine to an unknown virus and her husband Jarad to an unbeatable war. Her son, Sam and daughter, Anastasia had been stolen when they were children. Alexand’s surviving daughter Ancille has grown up and Alexand and Juba spend a lot of their lives trying to run away from bad things. This is one of those days.
My Thoughts: Soooo, we have come to the desert to end our has been anything but "dry" in content! Like a good writer, you have left us looking toward the future...Alexand's son has been found...

Has Alexand gone off the wagon in general, or is this indeed a typical day? Is Juba the influence? Will their meeting in prison be in the first book?

I enjoyed the "bit of underwear" (or some garment) showing for Alexand... The variety of your art is interesting. How do you choose what I consider, in my lack of knowledge, line drawings, such as shown here versus the more indepth closeups such as for your characters used at the top of your pages? I must admit I was blown away by the picture I'm now using to spotlight on my blog showing Eldenath Balsara. It is simply beautiful and reflects a totally different style, it seems to me, than all your own pieces...I love the deep colors, the mysterious tone... Your artistic talent is amazing!


  1. Hi Glenda, yes, Alexand occasionally likes to take her wig off (LOL) and relax. This is not a typical behaviour for her during this period, as she promised Ancille that she wouldn’t drink. She isn’t very influenced by Juba, in respect of drugs and alcohol. Juba isn’t a bad influence, in fact on most days he, just like the rest of these ‘pirates’, attempts to acquire artefacts from the Amanojuko. These artefacts, such as books and paintings etc, were stolen from the people, by the Amanojuko, when they took power. Anesidor Sumian’s technology allows the ‘pirates’ to store the recovered treasures in the hope that they can one day be returned to the people of Earth. This story is just an example of what Alexand and Juba get up to when they aren’t ‘working’! LOL

  2. Yes, the meeting in the floating asylum is featured in book one, although the novel begins on Christmas Island 1st January 4041, there are flash backs, so people who have read certain micro stories may learn new things about familiar circumstances. The books POV shifts from one character to the next, so it gives me the opportunity for introspection on the part of the character in question... Yes the underwear, bless her, Alexand isn't as fashion conscious as her sister, Heyem! As for the art, I've found it's definitely got easier to draw now I'm drawing more regularly. I still have a problem with painting, which is one of the reasons I chose to switch to drawings. I can show more details and get the stories out much quicker!!! I'm glad you like the painting od Eldenath. She's one of my favourite characters and is one of the first to appear in the first book.