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Product Details

  • Series: Rediscovery
  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1493682822
  • ISBN-13: 978-1493682829
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas J. Davis on September 26, 2013
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I normally do not read fantasy, but do sometimes enjoy those with more of a SF bent, such as "Glory Road" by Heinlein or "Three Hearts and Three Lions" by Poul Anderson.

This book is in that category of SF, embodying Arthur C. Clarke's quote "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." There was plenty of SF here, as well as enough fantasy to satisfy either interest. For those with libertarian political leanings, there was even plenty of exposition on social and political theory along those lines.

I found myself unable to put this book down until I had finished it. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ken Bollinger on January 25, 2014
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I have read all three books of the series. I am tempted to give this one a four, as it is a little rougher than the next two. This series is very unique in that it doesn't follow the usual "Socialism is good, Corporations are evil, Big government is my friend" ideology. The first book is a bit clunky, getting these points over, but improves greatly in the following books. This was VERY refreshing!

Another point that stuck me was that this was reminiscent of the 60's Sci Fi, where authors spent a lot of time setting up "universes" of different social/cultural possibilities. They tended to get a little long winded describing these concepts and there is a bit of this in this novel.

The other thing different about this story is the mix of hard Sci Fi and Fantasy. Very difficult to pull off and I think he does it here.

There are other qualities to this book that are indicative of a very talented writer. For example, I was impressed at the authors ability to believably write the POV of another gender and ethnicity.

The other slight criticism would be in the ending. It was a good stopping point, but executed weakly. These are all minor criticisms and I highly recommend this and his other books!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. York on January 24, 2014
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This book, the first of the, "Rediscovery," series, is damn near flawless!

Of course, that means I liked it. I liked it so much that I'm only taking the time to post this review before reading the next book in the series because I hate to imagine someone passing it up because I waited.

A few readers have complained of the author's philosophical disquisitions; I suspect they would also disparage Heinlein similarly. S.F. has long been a thoughtful literature, with it's better authors raising interesting questions about the future of humanity and humanity's use and embrace of technology. Dan Melson writes S.F., not 'sci-fi.'

I recall one review that suggested that his speculations were inappropriate because we Earthlings don't live long lives. Well, that's true as I write this, we don't live all that long -- right now. But S.F. embraces what may come, not so much, what is. And we may, indeed, live very long lives in the not so distant future. Many medical researchers have already begun to treat ageing as a disease and hope to find a cure.

One of the many issues raised in this first book is: "What does it mean to be an adult?" And, "if we lived far longer than we now do, how might the definition of 'adult' change?"

This book is one of fiction and, as such, does provide entertainment. It does have a plot, a mystery or two, several battles, interesting characters and character growth, etc. It was _fun_ to read as well as thought provoking.

Typos usually climb out of a book and hit me on the head; this book left no bruises. :)

If you enjoy the genre and books that not only entertain but encourage you to think as well, this book deserves your attention.

G.
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Dan Melson succeeds in capturing our interest with an action-filled opening (a terror attack that kills millions), then leads us on a breathless adventure in pursuit of the monsters (and we do mean that literally) responsible. ScOsh, the time-traveling protagonist, enlists the aid of present-day Earth inhabitant Graciela (Grace), "uplifting" her so that she may develop defenses against the demonic forces they must fight. Yes, there are overly lengthy expository passages between the action scenes: chock it up to world-building. And in at least one instance in chapter three, the "necessary" killing of Grace's terrorist-collaborator boss occurs entirely "off-screen," which left us feeling a bit cheated. The story builds, nonetheless, to a satisfying, beast-battling climax and a poignant conclusion, leaving the door open to sequels, the first of which has already been released. Our vote for best line in this book: "Evil exists, and we do ourselves no favors by refusing to identify it as such." ScOsh, a powerful demon fighter, time traveler and portal guardian, isn't half bad at philosophy, either. We look forward to reading more of the series!
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