The Book Hunters of Milestoneville

Fiction - Drama
566 Pages
Reviewed on 11/26/2023
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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite

The Book Hunters of Milestoneville by Golden November begins at the Milestoneville Rare Bookstore, where Flower Rose organizes a meeting to sell a valuable book while G and JBT attempt a retrieval with crashing results. A dinner party turns into fodder for a daring rescue orchestrated by Magus and G. Chaotic events unfold all over Milestoneville, from a reality show's airplane tour to disputes at the Channel 6 Music Awards, a nightclub with cryptic interactions, an emergency beacon triggered during an adventurous date, and unexpected acting opportunities for Click Clack. JBT's book recovery mission expands to find his missing dog... and a missing person. There's a hurricane evacuation mission, travel confusion, new business ventures, a concert gone wrong, a wedding, and maybe even a pregnancy. But wait, there's more! Further rescue missions involve challenges like a small aircraft landing, hang glider communication, encounters with a bear, and, of course, a meeting with a knight in the woods.

Golden November strikes again, and once more makes an appearance in their own work, with the act-along novel, The Book Hunters of Milestoneville. November's interactive novels always contain loads of adventures and subplots that wander in dozens of different directions. Usually, a hang-glider is involved at some point, and we were not disappointed this time around in that regard, nor with anything else. The dialogue-only storytelling model works because November's punchy character conversations are exceptionally well crafted. The standout scene for me in this installment is when Shelby, with her British accent and ability to completely change people's lives, casually introduces herself as someone's daughter, as if it is the most normal thing in the world. My own daughter, who has a natural British accent because, well, we live in England, had no problems shouting out, “Wot 'append next?” As a family, we really look forward to November's books, and they have never let us down. Very highly recommended.

K.C. Finn

The Book Hunters of Milestoneville is a work of fiction in the interpersonal drama, slice-of-life, and humor subgenres. It is part of the ongoing saga of the lives of the many characters of the Milestoneville series, penned by author Golden November. This new volume unfolds the quirky adventures of Flower Rose and Dr. Yes, who run the rare bookstore in Milestoneville. The Book Hunters, G and JBT, embark on thrilling pursuits to recover new missing editions, and the ubiquitous Channel 1994 adds another layer to its eccentricity as it seeks to entertain and inform the inhabitants of this weirdly wonderful city.

Reading works by author Golden November is always a treat, and this new addition to the Milestoneville saga is no exception. November's unique storytelling style blends the essence of a television show with the written word, and the narrative style is holistic, concise, and contagiously fun. The unexpected twists always keep the story engaging, especially when G and JBT get themselves into their usual trouble, and the characters' interactions with one another are always a highlight. November's use of unconventional plotting and clever dialogues creates a distinctive reading experience like no other, where it often feels as though you’re observing these characters in a reality show style, such is their ability to leap off the page. November has a real talent for weaving absurdity into the fabric of humanity, making this book a delightful exploration of eccentric characters and unexpected events. Overall, The Book Hunters of Milestoneville is an engaging novel with a highly original form of storytelling that captivates from start to finish, offering readers a refreshing departure from conventional narratives that I would certainly recommend.

Rabia Tanveer

The Book Hunters of Milestoneville by Golden November continues the adventures of the beloved characters of Milestoneville as they make a comeback once again. Flower Rose and her brother, Dr. Yes, are ready to sell some valuable books as JBT and G try to find more rare books that may need new homes. On the other side of Milestoneville, Click Clack receives a very tempting opportunity, while the Chanel 6 Music Awards may not be the festive night many had hoped for. However, the real thrill begins when JBT is looking for his dog, and somehow that search turns into a search for a missing person. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. As the men and women of Milestoneville gear up to face more challenges than ever, a surprise is waiting for them in the woods.

Golden November now owns this unique narrative style, and no one does it better. The Book Hunters of Milestoneville is as charming as the previous novels with these characters. The action was there, and so were the laughs. The dry humor of JBT and G was brilliant as always, the sass of Flower Rose was funny, and the anecdotes by Shelby made her dialogues fun. I loved the style and the picture selection for the setting for each set of dialogues. I loved how each dialogue was unique to the character. That is where Golden November truly shines. The author brought these characters to life, and now there is no stopping them! I highly recommend this novel and the whole series.