Reviews of Joseph's books!

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Lindsay and Jane's Views and Reviews

‎5 stars.

OK, erm, I don’t really know what to say about this little story. When I first started reading it I thought “eh, what the... what am I reading here?” but I was so... weirded out, that I had to carry on.

This is definitely different and most certainly original. I’m not telling anything about the storyline, other than this, I don’t think I will ever look at a spider the same way again! (and that’s a really good thing.) I want my very own Muin! And, if you have a love of cats, you will adore this book and want your very own Jack!

A tail spun needs to be read by all. This author’s imagination is amazing, to be able to write something like this, and make it so intriguing – is bloody brilliant. The writing style is good, everything flows and makes this book a fascinating, but a quick and easy read.

A truly brilliant little adventure.


"Absolutely riveting.  Joseph Beekman has forged a story that should galvanize anyone's reading time." - Author, George Lasher

Books4Tomorrow said:
5 out of 5 Stars!! A FANTASTIC READ!, December 24, 2011
This review is from: Little Orphan Anvil (Kindle Edition)
This book was magical from start to end. I never thought I would come to like a little whistling robot in a story as much as I did in this one.
In "Little Orphan Anvil' the characters are utterly lovable! A young boy and his very clever dog; a little girl with a fire fly in a jar; a good, kind old man and of course our favorite robot droid, all meet up along the way on a quest to free the orphaned children from the evil old witch who is forcing them to work in her magical garden. A garden destined to aid in the domination of the entire realm by the rule of the witch.
The story is full of exhilarating adventure as this small group journeys through dangerous lands to get to the Land of Shadows where the witch has her mansion; and where she keeps all the orphans under a magical spell. There are also some thoroughly terrifying moments when the group is attacked by numerous supernatural entities.
Joseph Beekman is a master at combining nature, technology and magic to create an absolutely exceptional story. His technique of starting a chapter with a description of the surroundings, places the reader right there in the middle of the action. It was easy for me to live myself into the story because of this.

"Little Orphan Anvil" is a wonderfully enchanting story, written for children, but will be enjoyed by young and old! (Ellen Fritz)

's review
Oct 18, 11
 via goodreads and Alchemy of Anne's Anomolies
5 of 5 stars

Hi y'all Anne here I have just finished reading Little Orphan Anvil by Joseph Beekman and what a perfect little story. This story is brought to life in a land where Iron work is a magic and robot droids are a thing of legend. I loved the story from page one it captured me in the description of a time far from now and the struggle good people will always have no matter what has happened to the world. The characters are so sweet and lovable and truly endearing to the story and its base of good will prevail. The little robot is so cute a true beacon in a time of darkness for little Sonny and his pal Ranger. Bringing together Will and thus embarking on the adventure that will change the lives of so many little orphans caught in the clutches of an evil dark witch bent on destroying the land of Iron and Anvil. I loved this book it's a sweet little story written in a good light and can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. In fact I'll be getting my son a copy of this cause I know he will just love it. 5 out of 5 stars for Little Orphan Anvil by Joseph Beekman what a lovely story I can't wait for more from this author.

's review
Nov 03, 11

4 of 5 stars
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Read from October 14 to 17, 2011

Little Orphan Anvil was a quick,lighthearted and a really good read with adventures,action and an adorable robot!

The story is about an orphan robot and its journey to save a realm from the hands of an evil witch.The Land Of Iron and Anvil gets destroyed by a wild storm,and the robot gets lost in the destruction caused by it.After some time,Sonny,a little boy along with his dog,discovers the robot and it gets united with its creator,Will.Together the four of them set off on a journey to save the realm from the evil witch.

I had a little difficulty in getting into the book,for the first few chapters.But as the story continued,the pace quickened and I started enjoying it.The story wasn't boring and kept me gripped as Will and the team faced new challenges and went through new adventures.There was a lot of action in this book,that kept me turning pages.Although at some points the story seemed a little rushed but it was cleverly written ,easy to read and was set in an amazing world.The surroundings were described in a very realistic way and I loved that! .

On the whole,this book was an adventurous read.Mr.Joseph did an amazing job with the theme, characters and the story line.I really enjoyed this book and would recommend this book to those who like a lighthearted,sci-fi/fantasy read with a twist of magic in it.

5.0 out of 5 stars A Dark and Imaginative ride...., October 29, 2011
This review is from: Little Orphan Anvil (Kindle Edition)
This story follows a little robot named Anvil, partially destroyed in a storm caused by an evil witch who believes any kind of iron and metal machines are an abomination and should be destroyed. Will, an old man and Anvil's creator, is on a mission to help the orphaned children who reside in the mansion with the witch and have to do her every wish. When the Land of Iron and Anvil is partially destroyed by her evil magic, Will sets off towards the Land of Shadows along with another orphan named Sonny and his dog Ranger to set things right and free the land from the oppressive witch. The story follows them through treacherous landscapes and haunts that bring chills to your bones as these three journey along. They meet Kelsey, a brave and strong orphaned girl who has escaped the mansion seeking help for her peers. All together they face the treacherous old witch and test their strength and bonds together against the ultimate plan to overtake the world. 
The story flows seamlessly; the action immediately sucks you in. Highly imaginative! I found that the easy flow words brought me into the dark foreboding places of this imaginative world easily and kept me on the edge of my seat many times. The author makes you care about the characters and want to see them win, and hope they make it through all their hardships in one piece! I love the history of the lands and the little snippets of information that indulge you of the workings of this treacherous place. It's a story to be enjoyed by all ages for sure! 

5.0 out of 5 stLittle Orphan AnvilSeptember 13, 2011
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This review is from: Little Orphan Anvil (Paperback)
"In the Land of Iron and Anvil, the hard-labored men and women lived and worked among massive metal and steel structures, building giant machines for mining and drilling in the dormant volcanoes to the south. It was in these volcanoes that they searched for the secrets of this technology that would bring metal to life." From the Prologue. 
I heard about this book on Facebook and after reading some excerpts, decided to purchase. Robots coming to life reminded me of Hal in 2001 Space Odyssey. This imaginative tale will keep most readers spellbound, and i was hooked from the first sentence of Chapter 1. I enjoyed the religious overtones, though they may have been unintentional. 
Joseph Beekman weaves a tale of intrigue, suspense, laughter and jubilation in a book that one would be hard-pressed to find any grammatical errors. Writing with a Stephen Kingish style, Beekman's story will hold your interest until the very end. My only disappointment was the length of the book, which left me too quickly wanting more. Can't wait to read Volume 2.5 Stars! By 
J. Robb "get a clue" (Atlanta, GA USA) - 

Heather's Book Reviews 5 stars:
Little Orphan Anvil by Joseph Beekman: Review~~ This takes place in Land of Iron, and Land of Shadow. Where robot-droids are carefree spirits brought to life by their makers in the Land of Iron. Used to not only be helpful, but as friends. To allow children a chance to be children. No matter how tough times are, there was always something that made the kids smile. The characters grab you from
the start. You truly feel bad for the kids, and feel the joy when they do. The author has done an amazing job making the characters jump off the pages and into your heart! An awesome story that you simply must read to understand!! 5 of 5 stars!

Lindsay and Jane's Views and Reviews:
Little orphan Anvil by Joseph Beekman 
Fantasy/Science fiction

4 Stars

‘A tale of an orphaned robot and its journey to help save a realm from the rule of an evil witch. When the Land of Iron and Anvil is brought to ruin by a wicked storm, the robot becomes lost to the wilds of the lands. But after being discovered by a little boy and his dog, the robot is reunited with its creator, and they set off to the Land of Shadows to free a group of orphans from the dark magic of the witch...and save an entire realm from her rule!’

I’m not sure what age this book was written for but it is a lovely story and could appeal to children and adults alike. The writing is simple, there are no words of profanity and the fight scenes are not too graphic for young people!

The magical realm that Joseph sent us to was a very dark and depressing place with little hope until Sonny and his dog Ranger happened across the droid (Anvil). They then went on to meet Will, Anvil’s maker and Kelsey a young girl who was a strong and brave character. Together they travel to the land of shadows to defeat the witch. The story is action packed and full of adventure. It’s a quick and easy read with a feel good ending.    

another one - Reviewed by Julia Hendrix
"I gave this book 5 stars! And here is my review with no spoilers...

Very well written as well as a fast page turner. Not too long but then not too short either. I loved Will's character as well as Sonny and Kelsey's characters. With a little bit of history as to the time and age. The book takes you on a wonderful mission set out by Will, Sonny and a robot-droid.

I just seen this post and believe Joseph Beekman is wonderful for donating to a few of our Soldiers for Christmas! Thanks Joseph!" https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=297902573574519&set=a.289696047728505.77027.289687734396003&type=1&theater

Satin's Bookish Corner review of Little Orphan Anvil : Dec. 3rd/2011 http://satinsbookishcorner.blogspot.com/2011/12/review.html

Over all view:  Oh wow, what an amazing story. It gets you gripped right from the start with the action but I will say it isn't to graphic so children will be able to read this book as well as adults. The writing in this book flows freely and  its a really easy  read. I found I couldn't put the book down because I needed to know what was going to happen to Anvil and her friends. I'm going to say a big well done to Joseph for this wonderful book that I was able to sit down and enjoy with my children. If you haven't read this book then please take the time to read it because you will enjoy it, I promise you.


New 5 Star Review!! 5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, December 10, 2011
By Author Kim Faulks!
This review is from: Little Orphan Anvil (Paperback)
If you haven't read Little Orphan Anvil, then you are truly missing out. Packed with magical mystery this story will transport you from the first word, on the very first page. Well done Joseph Beekman for a spectacular story, that will apeal to everyone regardless of age. I for one, will be watching this author very closely indeed!

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