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1.0 out of 5 stars I Like Really Good Science Fiction, April 23, 2012
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I Like Really Good Science Fiction. And there a lot of definitions for fiction.

The John W. Campbell school of science fiction is based on hard science, with one major variation that might be true. It's largely based on the ramifications of that change. When people argue whether something is, or isn't, science fiction, these tales are called "hard science fiction" and they always are included. The Ferman school extends to fantasy, and even a Grimm Brother fairy tale would qualify.

But the issue here isn't what kind of SF it might be, but whether it qualifies as fiction; that is, an entertaining narrative that is not true. The cover indicates that the story is true, but that's not nearly as problematic as the adjective "entertaining".

The story starts out well enough, with an artifact from the moon that contains artwork. It's reminiscent of "The Sentinel" in that regard. However, Arthur Clarke's "The Sentinel" was made into an incredibly boring movie by Stanley Kubrick that was redeemed by spectacular photography and a few highly quoted lines, "Sorry, I can't do that, Dave" Neal A has managed to dodge that bullet by finishing an incredibly rich and detailed narrative of 800 pages in just about 18 pages. How, Reader's Digest might ask, do you condense a book that much? Well, you leave out the good stuff. And the so-so stuff. And the bad stuff.

It's a real shame this book isn't available in paperback. It would be quite satisfying to throw it in a steel wastebasket and obtain a resounding thud.
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Initial post: May 19, 2012 10:29:49 AM PDT
AMEN!

Posted on Oct 19, 2012 3:06:28 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 19, 2012 3:08:48 AM PDT
Neil Bravo says:
I think that your comment is a very abusive and extremely disrespectful to the author of this book. The author of this book obviously has a very creative mind and definitely put a good amount of effort into writing this short story. Not to mention he has other books available that people seem to really enjoy. For example: SECRETS OF MARS - A Mysterious Journey To The Red Planet! Your opinion as to what category this book should be put into is merely your opinion and does not seem to help other readers that may be interested. Plus, your ending comment where you talk about throwing the book into a wastebasket is extremely uncalled for and once again very disrespectful and insulting to the author. Im going to have to say here that your 1 star review and Criticism is very inappropriate. Good day sir.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 19, 2012 9:57:40 AM PDT
msmith says:
Have you even read this book, Neil?

Criticism is a very subjective thing. If your opinion differs from mine, you certainly are free to write yout oen review of the book. However, when you talk about abuse and resoect, I'll never get back the minutes wasted on this, afen, "gem" abd as fast as Amazon is at delivering ebooks even that amount of time was excessive for this book. I'm not a close personal riend of the author, not his mother, and consequently, I figure it is more important to avoid abuse abd disrespect of the many people owning Kindle devices and usinf Kindle reader apps,

Yes, my opinion is merely my opinion, and aqll I have to offer is my reviews is honesty and taste. I've had a number of people suggest my reviews are appreciared, and it may be that their taste is off-kilter as mine. I note that yo've writtentwo reviews as of this afternoon and both of them are fawning. The one on a factual topic (by the way, yeast infestions are ver common in uncircumcised men) got 2 favorable ratings, while the one on scientology split about 50/50. That review indicated that you never heard of L Ron Hubbard before he decided to invent his money-grubbing scheme. Mpney=grubbing isn't a bad thing, not at all, but fraud is. Stop worrying about the feelings of the author and you'll grow in the rankimgs of reviewers and you establish a ewputation for integrity and taste.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 19, 2012 10:08:45 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 19, 2012 10:15:30 AM PDT
Steve Thomas says:
My apologies for the above post; I didn't notice that my housemate has logged in. It wasn't written by M Smith but by me.
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