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10,000 Dawns (Volume 1) Paperback – November 21, 2016
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An eternal Science-Fiction fan, James Wylder was born in Elkhart Indiana, and later attended Hanover College where his play “Cryptos” had an extended run. He’s since gone on to produce the popular Doctor Who poetry book, “An Eloquence of Time and Space”, two other books of poetry, a short story collection, and several other plays. James is also a writer for Shotgun Angel Games, LLC. You can learn lots more about him at jameswylder.com! Twitter: @arcbeatle
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Do not go into '10,000 Dawns' with any expectations, because it won't be long before the author flips them on their head. What I like best about this story is how authentic its idiosyncrasies are. It would be very easy to throw as many elements together as there are in the story and allow them to spoil each other by being too busy, but '10,000 Dawns' commits to itself and never falls into that trap, lovingly embracing each and every one of its quirks and sharing them with you one at a time.
My only complaints are the very few pacing issues the story has, and that sometimes the personal philosophy injected in the story is just a bit heavy-handed, but this is again more a commitment to what the story is as a whole, and does not distract from the story in any major way. The complex worldbuilding in the '10,000 Dawns' universe more than makes up for this.
The themes are very solid and poignant, and while at times the message gets a little more heavy handed than one expects, these moments are few and far between and don't last very long. The author's prose keeps one engaged through what is admittedly a hefty read and no part ever feels like it drags. If anything, as a reader, I wanted more of particular sections and that says something grand about the settings and worlds the author has crafted.
All in all, I loved the book and how it crafts this very human story in a setting that seems to have gone beyond humanity. It conjures feelings and lingering thoughts and you won't regret it.