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.
Mike and Shell have put their soul into this series. Their libertarian views color the story, which is refreshing considering many writers seem to be populists or liberals. These views are new to me, and it made the writing fresh.
I thoroughly enjoyed the beginning, the origin if you will, of Torrent. I felt like a kid again picking up that first comic! Weird, nostalgic feelings filled me while reading the first two or three chapters...
This is a low- level powered hero (most of the time), which is unusual. Mike handles this well and makes the characters and their situations intriguing, not simply a power play. You want to know them; you get to know them.
Right on, man.
Now here is a fact: Mike is Catholic. So as a Christian, should his creations use foul language like real people do, or should he gloss over that and make it "pure"? I guess if he were writing religious fiction he would have to, but he's not.
(Just something I was thinking about, folks. It coincides with a review on Dismal Tide, I think)
He can do whatever his conscience allows him to.
In any event, I enjoyed this. I will read the next book soon; I know the story is moving forward. This world he compiled is a great one, full of wonder and power. My only complaint is the abrupt ending. But since I have the next book I'm not too worried about it!
Keep it up! We're in it with you for the long haul!
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.