Reviewed by Jaqueline Neves for Readers' Favorite
Forgotten Erf by Layton Bushel is a delightful journey into the unexpected. The story revolves around an inventor's quest to build a time machine in his garage, only to find himself accidentally transported to an alternate universe on a planet like Earth or Erf as it has been dubbed. Stranded with other humans in a primitive rural settlement, they join forces to unravel the mysteries of their new surroundings. The discovery of an intelligent Neanderthal overseeing the planet adds an intriguing layer to their quest. As they navigate limited resources and unexpected challenges, the narrative unfolds with humor reminiscent of Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Bushel weaves an engaging tale that combines the whimsicality of science fiction with the thrill of the unknown.
Layton Bushel demonstrates his writing prowess in Forgotten Erf, weaving a narrative that captures the reader's imagination. The plot is marked by its quirky humor, creating an engaging reading experience from the very beginning. The narrative's pacing ensured that I was captivated from start to finish. The well-timed revelations not only heightened my sense of adventure but also, as they dynamically shifted between characters, kept me guessing at what to expect next, adding an extra layer of enjoyment. The characters in Forgotten Erf are more than mere players in the story; they are vividly portrayed, each contributing uniquely to the overall charm of the narrative. Bushel's adept handling of themes adds depth to the tale, providing readers with moments of reflection amidst the entertaining escapades. Beyond the enthralling storyline, the satire makes Forgotten Erf an awesome read.