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Ageless Paperback – May 3, 2016
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"Ageless a compelling adventure populated with dynamic characters, and it’s thought provoking. Books don’t get much better than that." ―The Warbler
"I could picture this book being adapted as a summer blockbuster film." ―CulturedVultures.com
About the Author
Paul Inman is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University and currently teaches chorus at Myrtle Beach Middle School. He lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with his wife and daughter. Ageless is his first novel, and one of the winning entries in the Sword and Laser Collection Contest from Inkshares.
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You've got to show the kids at crystal lake having fun..then getting creeped out...then getting killed by Jason. Not the other way around. Seeing them have fun at any later point is just boring filler.
This is one of those stories that has an interesting (albeit not new) premise but is better suited for a short story. The premise itself has possibilities that weren't explored. SPOILERS AFTER THIS POINT: A book about a character that doesn't age should probably have its "ageless" character live longer than a hundred years. There are real people without magical self-healing powers that live that long anyway. To end the story the way the author did was a disservice to the premise. However, it could have been a meditation on the natural limits of the human brain (which, as we learn, still ages inside Aless's body), but the author did not go this direction. Perhaps a mature mind dulls the desire to live...it's a good area to explore in the context of sci-fi, but not explored here even though the character only lives to... 90(?) years old. Anne Rice's vampires live longer, tougher lives and muse more about the meaning of it all. The book never truly owns it's action sequences, sci-fi premise, or character development.
I should be clear about that last point: Proper character development is not done through expository dumping when a new person enters the story. The author breaks this rule of proper writing very early on and keeps going over and over with it. We're subjected to paragraph after paragraph about what kind of pizza "uncle So-and-so" liked to eat as a kid or what car he drove or whatever. We're also given a lot of unnecessary "period piece" information (Elvis on the radio, etc.) since very chapter has the exact year they take place at the beginning. Unless these things are essential to the plot/character they're just fluff. And we are given enough fluff here to keep the build-a-bear business alive longer than Aless. Nobody has ever given this author the old "show, don't tell" advice and with all the rave reviews piling up it looks like he'll never hear it. It's a shame because I think he may be a promising writer, and I'd hoped to have a glowing review for this book, but I just can't....
It was hard to put this novel down. I am not sure about the ending, and I don't like the jumping in time structure too much. Still.. Paul Inman did a great job in writing this novel.
Alessandra is on run her whole life. It doesn't matter which country or year it is, she is being chased. And she is really tired of it. Because of her DNA code she seems ageless. She is 90 years old but looks in her 20's. She is on the CIA missing person list. As a child she was a subject to cruel experiments by Nazi.
Almost one century later her case still sparks interest, especially for one of the CIA agents- Richardson.
Is being ageless a gift or curse?
At a first glance, Ageless seems to be a combination of mystery and wonder: we have the big “what if” of wonder— what if a person aged so slowly that they were essentially immortal?— and the puzzle-piece arrangement of our leap into the story, immediately eliciting questions of “how” that start off a mystery.
But as Ageless progresses, it becomes clear that it is a character-driven story, unfolding across generations, and dealing with fundamental questions of love and loss, and the limits of human kindness and cruelty. It is a book about relationships.
It’s a good book, and it tells its story well, jumping back and forth across time, building a picture of how one (ostensibly endless) life can touch others, and the ripple effect that flows through the years as a result. Perhaps it was the nazi experimentation, or the conflicted emotional relationships I built with the cast as I read, but Ageless made me think at length about the chance meetings that have had a lasting impact on my life, and the events of the past that inform so many pieces of my life, in ways great and subtle. I think also about the monumental, global-scale events, like the holocaust, the transistor, and atomic bomb, in whose wake all human life is altered, the ripples more like tidal waves pushing us toward the future.
The climactic moment at the end of Ageless is intended to be (I imagine,) tragic, but I felt for Alessandra in that moment. She had dealt with enough. It was time. It was tragic, yes, but there was also release.
A peculiar way to relate to a character, perhaps, but that’s the result of the theoretical exercise that is Ageless. What would it be like to be ostensibly immortal? A life punctuated by fear and loss, mistrust and bitter solitude. Death is a grand unifier. To be excluded from it, while a utopian dream on the one hand, strips one of the basic elements of basic humanity away.
Ageless a compelling adventure populated with dynamic characters, and it’s thought provoking. Books don’t get much better than that.
Aless been on the run for her whole life, living in the shadows, from the day she was liberated from an underground lab. The Nazis had her, the CIA wants her. Ageless careens from decade to decade, and characters grow old and die while Aless is forced to hide her secret from everyone. Will she ever be able to stop running?
Filled with surprises of the 'wow' sort, there's even a little romance. (There's also a scene in a lab the squeamish may want to skim. Fair warning.) This crowdfunded debut book, and winner of the Sword & Laser Collection Contest, is a fresh take on a ageless theme.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Rather than telling the story in a linear fashion, each chapter takes...Read more
Great first novel for author, Paul Inman. Can't wait to read more.