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Digitarum by Derek Bailey


by Derek Bailey

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5/5 for a work that defies categorizations and offers an intriguing, provocative perspective on the traditional creation myth.

Digitarum is a work of fiction that truly defies categorizations. it is a creation story, a collection of myths and stories, and an alternate retelling of history from genesis to the current era. Although by its nature the story is different, the inherent difference in the writing style and perspective employed by the author should be lauded.

Told from an omniscient perspective, the reader is able to see through the eyes of innumerable characters throughout the course of the story. Although I myself and more inclined to read books that follow a single character for the majority of a story, the continued reappearance of several characters made the perspective more than bearable for my particular inclinations.

Light and darkness stand at the forefront of the plot and development of both godly and human civilizations. Darkness rises in the ranks of gods and humans alike, and it is the hope that light will push back the ever-present darkness that fuels the hearts of both man and god alike.

As the book nears an ending of sorts, the story becomes that much more provocative and intriguing. Without giving too much away, there is a paradigm shift in how I perceived the telling of this particular tale and its relation to our current, modern realities. More than anything, it was this provocative stance that had me enamored with the tale. ( )
  DerekEdgington | May 31, 2016 |
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Borrowing from mythologies from around the world, Digitarum spins a wild tale of creation and destruction, life and death, and good and evil. Five gods are born into a world of absolute nothingness and are tasked with building a world. Each of them have their own special powers and talents which they lend toward this effort, but before long, darkness takes root within the world that they construct. The gods struggle against their enemy throughout the ages and despite all of their power, they find that evil is a cunning opponent which comes in many forms. They care for the world as it grows to new heights and serve as champions for the people that live within it. This sprawling tale spans from the birth of a world until the end of its days and takes readers on a journey that freshly combines familiar narrative ideas.

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