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Reviewed by Bernadette Longu for Readers' Favorite
In The Book of Mestophicus by Justin Medved, the author has taken man's inquisitive nature of trying to justify who, what, when, and where of the world, and writes a satirical book with a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor. Medved speaks about the different levels of the conscious, subconscious, and our bodies, and how we have lost the ability to tune in and use this to our advantage and have the best life we can. The author has taken humans and a special animal to humans and written a story revolving around them living together but with a wicked sense of humor and a satirical look at how humans treat each other and anything that is different and not understood.
The Book of Mestophicus could depict any century, even the present. The characters that wander through the plot who are all important to the main character Mestophicus are Alexander the Great, King Solomon, Aristotle, Fergus Fegnalius, Bubblekotch the Tenfold, and Brionnuchan the Great, to name but a few. All these characters are significant to Mestophicus as well as some minor characters. This makes for some very good reading but it is not a book one can rush. Just like Shakespeare and Charles Dickens, this book is meant to be read with great attention and enjoyed. It is written in the style of the great classic writers so it takes time to get into, but it is well worth a read. Medved has a wicked sense of humor and in this book, he seems to be taking the mickey out of governments, scientists, religion, and everyone else, even the ordinary man in the street.
I found myself reading several pages, then having to stop and ponder on what I had read and realize how humans place everything under a microscope to find out how it works or how it is put together. We as humans seem to have lost the touch of magic, which comes through in the book. We don’t recognize the magic a young child sees when they sit and just look at the world around them. Adults don’t seem to have the time to appreciate the magic around them. We have lost this ability because we are always hurrying every which way and not really getting anywhere. This book is well worth reading a good few times to fully understand and appreciate what Justin Medved is telling us.