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"R. M. Wilburn has a dazzling imagination. She takes her reader on a fast paced, top secret mission to save the world! The Cautioner’s Tale is told in an exceptionally creative method, leaving the reader anxiously waiting to read the next installment in the series. Letters, newspaper clippings, journal entries, pictures, clues, it’s all there. Each page is chock full of interesting detail and brilliant design. The bizarre names of each character had me snickering as well as their intensely outlandish detailed descriptions. I am anxious to find out what happened to Mary Morgan, Herr Bigly Rump, as well as Parsimonious Creed! Brilliant work from R.M. Wilburn in an excellent tale of sabotage, deceit and adventure." --Patricia, Readers' Favorite
R.M. Wilburn’s incredibly well-written (and illustrated) tale is so beautifully presented, clearly outlining today’s hate-filled, racist policies and a near-future which most of us will not survive. The remarkable similarities to today’s dangerous political climate eerily sent a terrifying chill down my spine, as Mary dug as deeply as possible to solve the mysterious murder. Her futuristic diarized log is presented in a format which outlines a future which is far more devastating than today’s population could even dare to imagine, yet the realism is one which leaves me praying for Mary Morgan to appear.
The obliteration of the world’s population through war, famine and disease is a heartbreaking reality of the future and although The Cautioner’s Tale prompted me to think hard about today’s current affairs and the shocking results that tomorrow might bring, it left me frustrated at the amount of people out there who seem so blinded by each and every distraction that is gleefully thrown at them, while the important issues are overlooked by the man who can make a difference, yet chooses not to. The Cautioner’s Tale is thought-provoking, frighteningly realistic and, while terrifying, I definitely recommend it to all readers aged 12 years and over, so they might find a way to make tomorrow a better place. --Rosie, Readers' Favorite
In the introduction to The Cautioner's Tale, R.M. Wilburn states that “Any resemblance to real persons or places is an absolute fluke”, and indeed, it may very well be a case of art spontaneously imitating life, but most readers will find ominous and terrifying parallels between the nightmare world Mary is a part of and the present state of affairs in the United States. That said, The Cautioner’s Tale is a marvelous blend of fact, fiction and dark fantasy presented in a cunningly designed format that echoes the dysfunction and chaos of a nightmarish Rump dictatorship over a broken world. Each page of this graphic novel is a delight to read, examine and wonder over. I’m not sure how Wilburn put this amazingly crafted work together, especially considering the reference, at one point, to recent history, but perhaps, like Mary, the author has been doing some time-traveling of her own. This is a work that’s both grim and gorgeous, with just a hint of hope to leaven the dark storm brewing overhead. The Cautioner's Tale is most highly recommended. --Jack, Readers' Favorite
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