- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Six Letter Press, LLC (December 14, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615558666
- ISBN-13: 978-0615558660
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,440,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top Customer Reviews
My biggest concern with Nails Jane is that the plot was difficult to follow. Some important elements were barely explained, leaving me confused during much of the book. If I had a clearer image of what Versinon or the Humanoids really were, I think I would have enjoyed the book much more.
The style: While DiGiuseppi demonstrates her ability to write very elegant prose, in Nails Jane she also demonstrates her determination to write her story, her way. Many editors and or publishers might have slashed much of the text, especially some of the more theological parts. I'm glad that didn't happen. It would not have done the story justice. So, while I found it just a teensy bit long-winded at times, it is a great read - especially if, like me, you enjoy reading an original take on the creation of life, the universe and everything.
Almost the entire book is written in first person, mostly from the protagonist's point of view. However, many of the supporting cast also get to say their bit, also in first person. That was a bold move, and probably something a traditional publisher might have gone into spasms over. In a way, I can understand that - it could have gone pear-shaped, but DiGiuseppi pulled it off nicely. It worked well and added to the originality of the book.
The setting and plot: Earth's a mess and many planets throughout the universe are in worse shape because a nasty, life-hating machine called Versinon is hell-bent on controlling and or destroying or corrupting mankind and all other sentient life. The force resisting Versinon and its foot-soldiers, called Humanoids, is a mob called Backsliders, of which the main character Ati, is one.Read more ›
If you like dark and dystopian science fiction and if you can appreciate an author willing to take chances with her art, then you should really purchase and read this book.
The only reason I'm giving the story four of five stars is because the non-traditional plot and the pacing at times robbed me of complete story immersion. Sometimes authors use additional material in a book to make up for the lack in story substance. That was not Trista DiGiuseppi's issue. I personally think she tried to explore too much. Many of the ideas didn't get adequate exploration. However, as she masters her craft, I'm sure we'll see a fountain of excellent material from this very talented author.
Additionally, this is the kind of story that might work well in a graphic novel series.
The book starts out like a thriller, but eases you slowly into a universe that is so much more diverse, and it's done in a way that you haven't really noticed until it's "too late". But even though you are eased into it somehow it feels like the book is too short, not that what has happened isn't enough, it just happened too fast. There is room for more here, in this exciting universe, perhaps as much as a trilogy! Yes, it really feels this epic.
It isn't a hard book to read, not too many grand words that has to be looked up by non-native speakers like myself, but if you are, like me, reading this in bed, you might get confused sometimes when names of people and places are a bit too similar to tell apart. But this book is a bit too exciting to read just before going to sleep, it might give you very strange dreams ;P
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Trista was bold and uncompromising when she wrote Nails Jane. Nails Jane is an unflinching projection of a possible outcome for Earth and her inhabitants. Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by Gryphon42
A good read. The point of veiws and settings made it a page turner. I can not wait to see what comes next from this author.Published on December 19, 2013 by Erin Karll
This is what original science fiction and fantasy is all about. The author weaves classic bleak futurist/dystopian themes, a highly original and engaging plot-line and intrigue,... Read morePublished on November 20, 2013
The book is just poorly written no matter what aspect of writing you consider. I was only able to read some of it before I had to delete the file and count my time wasted. Read morePublished on November 15, 2013 by Jenna
I don't want to say say the book is bad but I definitely can say that it wasn't good. I have no idea what was going on. The chapters didn't seem to fit together at all. Read morePublished on November 12, 2013 by GS
Apart from this book being a ripping read from the get-go right through to the end, it introduces some fascinating new concepts here. There is fantasy. There is philosophy. Read morePublished on November 8, 2012 by stevetuf
This is a very interesting story that I think science fiction and fantasy fans will really like, especially as the beginning instantly sucks the reader in. Read morePublished on July 5, 2012 by A Book Vacation
Well, this was a totally different book than what I am used to reading. (Non-fiction, history, biographies.)
However, I did enjoy this. Ms. Read more
This was a very interesting read, if a bit confusing. It changes characters and plots rather abruptly sometimes, and I sometimes found myself forgetting what I had learned earlier... Read morePublished on May 28, 2012 by Nathan M DeHoff