Milestoneville Adventurer

Fiction - Adventure
487 Pages
Reviewed on 02/20/2024
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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite

Milestoneville Adventurer by Golden November is a return to the Milestonevilleverse, a new round of hilarious interactions with the old crew, and a couple of new introductions. The mishaps include, but are by no means limited to, JBT welcoming guests to Milestoneville Mountain Beach Hotel to a reality show audition with ample improvisation and backstage drama, including a firing; Golden November is unable to stop writing books and is inspired by a raindrop to have another go; and preparations for a museum party stir up family tension among Gwendolyn, Montgomery, and Annaliese. Cinnamon Synonym band members reunite at the party, sparking old conflicts, and Arlo and Dawn are invited on a mystery trip by Click Clack, where the group, led by Asterick, gets lost in a jungle where there is a bit of danger.

In Milestoneville Adventurer, one of the latest installments in the Milestoneville series, author Golden November continues to amuse with their innovative narrative approach. November's signature of blending dialogue-driven storytelling with stock photo imagery creates a reading experience unlike any other. Much like its predecessors, this book relies only on character interactions to propel its string of plots forward, driven by readers who act out conversations as the vehicle for storytelling. The reality TV stood out to me because it is actually quite a serious issue that November portrays with tongue-in-cheek humor, exploring themes of exploitation, coercion, and the consequences of signing contracts without full understanding. “I’m not talking about what you want to talk about. I’m talking about what you signed. You can't erase ink with a wink." This latest installment is another delightfully immersive read as November once again demonstrates their mastery of interactive literature.

Asher Syed

In Milestoneville Adventurer by Golden November, Asterick, Click Clack, Bridget, and Eric discuss meeting arrangements while Golden (yes, the author), Flower Rose, June, and Eric converse at the bookstore. Golden assumes a hosting role at the Music Awards, but not without some drama. Golden and Electra bond at her family's winery, deepening their connection. Gannon invites Electra on a trip, and Golden ironically questions reality. Bridget and Asterick discuss TV ratings, offering Golden a role, and a band reunion is assured when Keith reconciles with Dilley. G and Golden plan activities in and around Milestoneville, and a flush of reality show contestants show us what angst and eliminations look like. And, of course, Click Clack, Asterick, Bridget, and Arlo get lost in a jungle. What are the odds that a cruise ship might save them?

Golden November has revolutionized storytelling with the innovative format of the Milestoneville series, and Milestoneville Adventurer is no exception. Each scene boasts a full-color picture prompt, and readers are invited into a world where dialogue reigns supreme, devoid of traditional narrative descriptions. The chapters are like vignettes—snapshot scenes waiting to be brought to life by the reader's imagination and dramatic interpretation. This unique approach has been a hit with our family and a wonderful reprieve from a tech landscape where we may be all in the same room, but we are not together. As the books continue, we are starting to see November take the stage as both producer and character, yet another move in transcending the boundaries of traditional literature. November serves up a dynamic and interactive reading experience that promises endless hours of entertainment.

K.C. Finn

Milestoneville Adventurer is a work of fiction in the interpersonal drama, humor, and adventure subgenres. It is part of the Milestoneville collection of quirky dramas and it is suitable for the general adult reading audience. Penned by author Golden November, this ninetieth novel in the series has a unique twist that’s not to be missed. From the second scene, the plot takes a fascinating shift as we see Golden arrive in the novel as a character, delivering a reading from one of his books at a book conference. As Golden encounters the many different characters from his own world of wacky adventures, things take a truly metafictional turn.

Author Golden November has really done it this time with a surreal and hilarious addition to the series that I never saw coming. The interactions with the characters of Milestoneville are absolutely laugh out loud as the confusion over Golden’s presence intensifies. I loved the strange happenstances and tasks that get thrust upon Golden by the other characters, including the attempted production of a television show and the very surreal conversation with the raindrop that guides him in a new direction. As always, the script style of the work makes it easy to fly through these weird and wonderful scenes. I loved the atmosphere of the musical touches and some of the familiar settings that we revisit, this time through the author’s own eyes and in his direct voice. Overall, I would certainly recommend Milestoneville Adventurer to series fans who have, no doubt, been waiting for something like this to happen for quite some time. It will not disappoint you.