After Dark (East End Irregulars Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Unfortunately, the episodic nature kind of mars the book's presentation. For the most part, it plays out as a steady progression, but some plotlines, such as the situation with the GRPA, essentially show up and then disappear entirely. It might have helped if I'd approached the book as a series of isolated stories, but I had assumed it was a continuous novel, so it was kind of jarring.
The illustrations are decent, serving the purpose of giving you an idea of what the characters look like, but they're on the amateur side. For those reading on the Kindle, they are presented completely separate from the text, so it can be kind of jarring to have your reading experience interrupted as a paragraph of text is interrupted by a smallish image floating in a sea of white, sometimes relating to events much earlier, then the paragraph resumes when you scroll to the next page.
I like the addition of the Appendix with the book. With this much world-building, some sort of reference is almost necessary.
While the plot is not particularly unusual, the writing is done with wit and style. For example, prior to discovering his fluid-manipulation powers, he says this about his power of getting images off of objects: "I can't tell you how aggravating it was to think that I'd won the talent lottery only to manifest a lame power. I was a dud, a spoon-bender, unable even to provoke real curiosity. I was that loser at the bar who tried to impress chicks by wiggling his ears or telling them he's only 6 years old because he was born on February 29th. For a while, the limit of my ambitions was to fondle towels from the girl's locker room". Although After Dark is not primarily intended to be funny, the author's style makes the relatively mundane adventures and misadventures of our want-to-be teen vigilante amusing and interesting.
Although I might have otherwise given the book 5 stars, the book is very, very short, at 160ish pages, and ends smack in the middle of a date between the hero and his romantic interest, after the hero decides to tell her about his powers. It is a big decision for him, but the unavoidable fact is that the book ends in the middle of a date. Basically, we have a small slice of the early life of our aspiring vigilante with what to me felt like a more or less arbitrary end point.
The book includes 100 pages of appendices, which I did not read. Perhaps they will add value for some.
Verdict: An entertaining super-hero/vigilante book written with wit and style that suffers a bit from being very short, and the lack of any sort of complete story arc (including a traditional ending). I enjoyed it a lot and will look for the sequels.
P.S. I have read and reviewed a lot of superhero novels, so check them out if interested.
I really wanted to just love this book, like it seems a few others do. I found it to be a quick and easy read, although a little short (the appendixes were 1/4 of the book) so that threw me off a tad. It does end on a cliffhanger, which is ok, but I didn't like that it was the middle of the hero & heroine's first date.
The story was fairly enticing and moved along well. I found it to drag a little bit when Sebastian is just moving about, stuck in his own head, and sometimes the language used is fairly strange. That might just be because I'm from the south, but I have no idea what a "Yinzer" is, and am assuming that's a Pennsylvania thing. Sebastian's inner monologue was funny at parts, and always witty.
I really liked that the superpowers weren't overly super, but still had limitations. The vigilantes aren't exactly superheroes, and I loved that Sebastian's best friend was a vigilante as well, even though he didn't have any powers at all.
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