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Wixon's Day Paperback – November 14, 2012
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"...you'll probably be too busy enjoying the ride to care which category you will find it under at Amazon. The novel is well-written, the language easy on the eye and paced rather nicely... a setting that will satisfy most genre readers." M.G. Mason, Sweat, Tears and Digital Ink
"...an atmospheric setting, and a compelling narrative with well-created characters. Worth reading." Simon Quindlag, Amazon reader review.
"Wixon's day is a dope book. I don't read many books but I read this one all right. He's created a totally believable world that you get lost in. "The cat can write," I told my mum." My mate Chris, on an Amazon review.
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Phil publishes his own material, through his own company, working in both book form and through his numerous websites - all of which have a focus on English language, self-improvement, or both. Amongst his sites are the popular English grammar portal, English Lessons Brighton (http://www.englishlessonsbrighton.co.uk) and a revolutionary physical fitness website, KneeStrength.com, as well sites advising on writing for business and for screen or fiction. He promotes lifelong learning to improve both knowledge and health.
Find out more at: www.englishlessonsbrighton.co.uk
Top Customer Reviews
This novel starts with a boat ride. The main character, Marquos, has a stolen child called Red on board - but it's not what you think. While he is a lone man with a small child, he is attempting to return her to her parents after she was stolen by the authorities and placed in the Mines to work. It seems children are the new workforce in this dystopian world.
This story meanders along like the very river that Marquos and Red are travelling on. For most of this book, I felt like I was drifting along with them on the water. The mood set by the author is just epic. It was almost a surreal feeling to read a book like this and I am finding it hard to put into words just how strange and awesome this journey was. If you are looking for action from the very go get, then this book will not provide that, however, what is does give the reader is something so much richer.
Right from the start, Williams takes you on a journey. You have no idea who you are travelling with, or where you are going, yet there is a peace in knowing that the answers will be slowly revealed.
While I fell in love with many of the descriptives in this book, there were times when they became too much and I found myself drifting away from the story. I also found that in the middle of this book, the pace became too slow and I really had to push myself to keep going. It is well worth the effort though.
The main character, Marquos, is neither young nor amazingly handsome - and for this I am relieved. All the characters in this book are just people.Read more ›
When you're reading, you're ingesting...short stories are just a snack, novellas are a nice brunch with a friend. The pacing can leave you with indigestion or hoping the waitress would hurry it up and bring out the meal, because you've been nursing your initial drink for ages.
Wixon's Day is like a five course meal, not in its length, but how the story unfolds. The exposition is lengthy and detailed, all the dressings and condiments are there for flavor. And like Marquos (the main character) slowly drifting down the canals of Estalia, it continues at this kind of pace for ages.
There are definitely pros and cons to this style of writing. The biggest pro is the immersion into this misty steampunk future world, where the characters and setting are very fully realized and you could swear you're in the thick of it.
The con is that the first third of the book was a meandering, almost aimless trek. Once Marquos became enmeshed in the various conflicts around him, things started picking up and, man, the action sequences were amazing, worth sticking around for.
The book culminates well, and while the twist is a difficult one to push past and resolve, the author does well.
My chief complaint is that the story feels...puffy. A bit too thick in places. The characters wax philosophical quite a lot, and maybe that's what people do on board steampunk ships in the distant future. I just wished I could've gotten to the good parts (and they were astonishingly good) faster.