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Out of his Comfort Zone Again...
on October 17, 2012
In the brief time I have interacted with Colin through his business, travel, and blog writing (and the occasional email), he has never failed to surprise, excite, and sometimes even amaze me. Real Powers: Part One is no exception, despite the paltry three-star rating I have given it. I promised the man a candid review, and here it is.
Being a fan since childhood of speculative fiction in its myriad forms and having read many of the greats, I approached this story with a feeling of trepidation. I wanted to like it. I wanted to really, really love it in fact, but I feared the inevitable comparison my long history spent immersed in the genre would engender. No problem, out of the comfort zone we go.
Colin's travel writing has captivated me, especially his latest Iceland India Interstate. I wanted to be captivated again, but at the outset, it was clear that Mr Wright was struggling to find his speculative voice. Characters came and went. Plot lines birthed and flowed and intertwined with what seemed a too perfect symmetry. The inciting event came and went and one of the most important characters (Mason errrr NotColin) was not heard from again for most of the book. It felt awkward. There was no wonder or accident to it, just efficient, competent prose. I was not impressed, frankly.
The man can be forgiven this of course, it being a first effort and all. I was just disappointed that the same LIFE that infused I-Cubed was absent in he first half of this book.
Once Colin really got the ball rolling on what our collective near-fututre dystopia might look like, however, I was hooked...helpless in a sea of imaginative tech, mysterious yet logically played shadow entities, and swiftly developing plot twists. My senses went on full alert and the short hairs on the back of my neck stood to attention. A truly unique vision was being laid before me. Read the book if want to know how it all plays out, I wont ruin it for you here, just know that the icy drip of fear on the back of your tongue just might be adrenaline beginning it's headlong rush. In Colin's future world, the system is crumbling and morphing into someing new and foreign. It scares the hell out of me, but I can't wait for the change to happen. Magic piggy-backing on mediocrity...and maybe he meant to write it that way after all?
Half-Star bonus for naming one of your characters Manicule, Colin...3.5 and cant wait for Part Two!