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Bernie and the Wizards

(The Universe Builders #2)

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  174 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Gods vs. Wizards ~ an epic struggle for survival

Bernie fixes broken universes for a living. Unlike other gods, who tend to take a hell-fire-and-brimstone approach to problem-solving, Bernie prefers a more gentle approach.

Bernie's job is to restore production on the planet Photox, but he soon discovers a world caught up in a civil war. With a hard-to-please boss breathing
Paperback, 350 pages
Published June 15th 2017 by Argon Press
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Whispering Stories
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This is the third book in the Universe Builders series which the author says should all stand alone. As I have not read the two previous volumes I can vouch for that.

Here we have fantasy on a grand scale. Let’s face it, you cannot get any bigger than building universes although Steve LeBel has found a new angle with his stories of gods who work for the “The Business”.

I enjoyed his comparisons with today’s current working practices, especially th
Faith Jones
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bernie and the Wizards is an amiable tale that lets us know what it is like to build and run the ultimate train set – a planet and its native forms of life. This enticing idea is shown to us through the eyes of the space-faring race that creates and operates the architecture, then pops down and interacts with it; the gods. If suitably advanced technology becomes indivisible from magic (Arthur C Clarke), then an entity with suitably unlimited power becomes effectively a god when seen from a less ...more
Donald Hoffman
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of Steve LeBel and his young friend, Bernie, from the beginning, well before he became a world-famous, award-winning celebrity. LeBel's whimsical approach to his storytelling is especially refreshing. These stories are suitable for young adults but even better for those of us to whom young adulthood is a far distant memory. His great talent is the ability to bring each of the characters, even the minor ones, to a level of importance that causes the readers to actually care what ...more
Beverly Laude
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bernie gets his first major work assignment after winning his big award. He is tasked with finding out what is wrong with a Universe that seems to be going haywire. Along the way, Bernie meets an ancient god who says that he is special, finds out that his friend Suzie wants to be more than friends, and becomes a celebrity with his own fan club.

I love the way that Mr. LeBel writes; his character & world development are wonderful & the story is very engaging. A group of gods make universes
Andrea Stoeckel
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
By Steve Lebel

[ I am voluntarily reviewing this book after receiving it as a gift from the author.]

“The only thing I can think of is how hard you worked to save your world. I’ve never seen anyone who cares as much as you do about created life. I think it has to do with that.”

Bernie is now working as a sort of a low level trouble shooter for The Business. Even though he's won an exceptional award for his last Universe, it hadn't really affected him ..much. That is, until he is singled out by a re
Kat Mandu
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kat Mandu says...

In Bernie’s world, everyone (including him) he knows are gods and goddesses capable of designing unique worlds for business, trade, and pleasure. Now he’s got to fix a “broken” one for his boss – and save the beings within the world before it’s destroyed. IF he can beat the bad guys inside.

This is actually really a unique concept in the world of fantasy. Not often do you get to hear from an actual god as a narrator. Sure, I’ve read demi-gods (cough, cough Percy Jackson for examp
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
     This is the third book in the universe builders series . Welcome to the new adventure with Bernie and the gang . In this installment Bernie is charged in finding out what is happening on this planet . On this planet he is working on they are in the middle of a civil war and he has to figure out why this is happening before the whole planet is blinked away . Will he be able to help out the planet and figure out his life  before everything blows up .  
     I love Bernie , he is such a sw
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In this third installment of the Universe Builders series, Bernie has finished school, won a Universe Award, and is working for The Business. His first official assignment comes from one of The Business' customers who is complaining that a universe built for him, Photox, has ceased functioning as he requires. You see, the traders have stopped bringing one of the crops, guid-peppers, to the trading posts. Bernie is tasked with finding out what happened and who is at fault.

This task becomes so mu
S.M. Lowry
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. However, I also pre-ordered the book.

The Universe Builders: Bernie and the Wizards is a continuation of Bernie’s journey of being a young god; however, all of the stories can be read independently without confusion. I found the book engrossing from the start, and I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen to the characters. The Universe Builders: Bernie and the Wizards is a fun combination of Medieval-type fantasy and more modern fanta
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I chose to read this book after receiving a free advanced review copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I had read Bernie and the Putty and Bernie and the Lost Girl and I’ve been patiently waiting for this book to be ready.

I love the world that Steve LeBel has created in which gods create universes. Unfortunately, most of the gods believe that their creations have no feelings so they have no qualms about destroying a universe if it didn’t turn out t
Miriam Davison
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Some time ago I was given a copy of a book to beta read. It was by a first- time author and sent to me by his publishers. That book was The Universe builders (Bernie and the Putty) by Steve LeBel. I was mesmerised completely and couldn’t put the book down. It went on to win lots of awards. Since then Steve has brought out Bernie and the Lost Girl, and his latest book; Bernie and the Wizards.
Once again, I could not put the book down. I have read a few books where I feel I am there with the Charac
Bonnie Dale Keck
Not on KU, one of those free hope you review it things, should go without saying that all my reviews are my own opinion, obviously have a lot and share them whether anyone wants them or not. The writer gives a blurb, the other reviewers give half the plot, more or less. Just read them already, there's a list of the titles out below. I'm helpful like that.Be nice to writers and they write more. *results may vary in your area/state/country Unlike 1 & 2 this one was ARC {advanced reader copy}, ...more
Margaret Lautenschlager
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bernie's first assignment since graduating is a trouble shooter that God Town depends on for its economy. The universes that are built for the very reason of feeding all of the residents of God Town must be not only created properly to grow the food but also maintained to keep production flowing. This can be tricky with sympathetic morals that Bernie has when it comes to the life forms created for this purpose. But through close examination and observation (and a little help from some friends) B ...more
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jane McArthur
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this third episode of The Universe Builders, Bernie has been assigned a project. It is his job to discover why the guid-peppers are not arriving at the trading post on Photox. It falls to Bernie to find and fix the problem in order to restore trading and appease the owner of the planet.
Bernie visits the planet and befriends two of its citizens. Together the three of them, with Lenny and Suzie, investigate to determine the best course of action to resolve the dilemma. Will Bernie be able to fi
L.J. Capehart
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure what to expect from Steve Lebel's second full length novel. I had read "Bernie and the Putty" and absolutely loved it. It's easy to see why his first book has won so many awards. Well, his latest addition leaves nothing to be desired, as far as I'm concerned! His characters remain true to themselves throughout. The humor is always a fun addition, the story line is just as interesting, and I have placed Lebel in my top ten favorite 'indie' authors. I'm betting this one will go on to ...more
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the 3rd book in this series, and Bernie has grown so much. This book is a joy to read, it is funny and the characters are so diverse in all of the different worlds that Bernie interacts with, including his own. He faces challenges well beyond his years and despite his cloud he keeps coming out on top. Fell in love with the characters in this story. The blossoming love between Bernie and Suzie adds to the stories enjoyment and depth.
Absolutely, and totally recommend this book to anyone w
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have read all of Steve LeBel's books and this is by far the best. The entire series has developed well and this book is the climax. The entire concept - young gods who make new Universes (or fix old ones) - is captivating.
The protagonist, Bernie, has now arrived. This is the longest book in the series at some three hundred odd pages but is so engrossing that you cannot put it down.I read it in one go. It is a self-contained book and I don't think you have to read the earlier books to enjoy it
Amy Shannon
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful Story

It was such a wonderful story and I thought Bernie was just one of those characters that are worth remembering. I wish I had read the stories that came before this, but eventually I will go back and read those as well. Bernie is on a journey of his own making, and he's a God, but he makes mistakes and it also makes him likable. He's smart and he's a problem solver, even if it doesn't always work. Bernie has beliefs different from those around him, and he's an enjoyable character.
Tabitha Ormiston-Smith
The first book in a series is usually very hard to beat, because the concept bursts upon the reader in all its brand-new glory. The charm of novelty aside, however, I think I like The Universe Builders best of all the books so far in this series. The non-god characters were nicely developed and the 'equal-time' focus on them gave the book, for me, more depth. I also really liked the moral focus; ethical questions are handled deftly and subtly, with no off-putting preaching, yet still with enough ...more
Cindy Cowles
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were well developed, it kept me guessing and kept me turning the page. I definitely recommend this author. I've read other stories by him, too, and he doesn't disappoint. Looking forward to the next book!
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I got an advance reader copy of this book and it is the best Bernie book yet. Bernie is now a QA troubleshooter what could go wrong? The story moves well and I like the twists. Looking forward to the next book already
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was extremely well developed on many levels. It was very well thought out and had some unexpected twists that mattered quite a bit. It was nice to read characters that were so realistic.
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bernie and the Wizards is a very enjoyable book. As mentioned elsewhere, the reader gets a good feel for the characters and there are enough interesting concepts to spark the imagination. It’s not one of those books everybody must read but the people who do read it will enjoy it. One point about the book bugs me though. (MINI -SPOILER ALERT). For the first part of the book, Circun is Reva’s trusted associate. Then suddenly out of the blue Gavin becomes her trusted associate, and Circun just sort ...more
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bernie and the Wizards:(The Universe Builders Book 3) by Steve LeBel is another winner. This is Bernie's third installment and his first assignment after finishing school. Bernie's universe stops functioning like it should and it's up to Bernie to find out why. He does solve the problem only as Bernie can. I love Bernie and I know that this book along with the first two would make a great gift for any young person. I give it 5 stars but wish I could give it many more. I very highly recommend it ...more
Namrata Ganti
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this next book of 'The Universe Builders', Bernie now has a job and he is working on creating universes to please their customers. This book takes off from where the last left off, with the main characters now out of school and trying to find their footing in the commercial world. It is wonderful to see how the characters have grown and changed. If you have read the previous book(s), you'd understand this. If not, here is a brief idea of the basic plot.

Bernie and his friends are young gods.
Julie Powell
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given a ARC of this book and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Bernie is a young god, a universe builder who has been enlisted as a troubleshooter...hence the new plot.

Fantastic world building - in every sense - wonderfully developed characters and philosophical debates about life, what makes a life and how each life is important.

This is a rich and detailed story which works on many levels, dealing with themes such as, creation, abandonment, romance, selfishness and 'existence'. It also has humour thr
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It takes a full day but is an excellent read. I thoroughly enjoyed this as it stands on its own, but I shall be on the lookout for Books 1 and 2 for the back story.
Voluntary review and the opinion is my own.
Kathy Davie
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second in The Universe Builders mythic fantasy series for middle-grade readers and revolving around Bernie, a young god who repairs universes…now that he's graduated.
My Take
Bernie has moved up in his world and is about to take the next step: troubleshoot a world with problems. It's just your ordinary, average sort of troubleshooting. You know, identify the problems afflicting an entire world and solve 'em so your bosses don't eliminate the entire world. No biggie…except that none of your people
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Bernie has a problem. He's been given a project that as a god and a builder he should be able to solve. A universe that another god has created isn't performing as expected. It was created to produce guidpeppers. At first everything worked fine and the production and harvest of the peppers proceeded on schedule. But lately, something was wrong. Pepper production was way down and even worse, the inhabitants of the planet, a docile group created for their docility and farming skills, were not acti ...more
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The Universe Builders (4 books)
  • Bernie and the Putty (The Universe Builders, #1)
  • Bernie and the Lost Girl (The Universe Builders, #3)
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