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The Anomaly Paperback – July 9, 2008
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About the Author
My inspiration for writing The Anomaly came from a visit to the Fermilab particle accelerator located in Batavia, Illinois. At the time, Fermilab was home to the largest particle accelerator in the world. Upon completion, the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland will own that distinction. A day long visit ended up lasting two weeks as I talked to scientists, explored the facilities, and generally made a nuisance of myself. Though the Anomaly is a work of fiction, the science and settings are based on fact. There really is a herd of buffalo roaming the grounds. The Feynman Computing Center, Robert Rathbun Wilson Hall, Beam Tunnel, and Fermilab Lake are all there. Fermilab is a real place that the public can visit year round. To find out more, log onto: www.fnal.gov on the net. HAARP also exists. The official HAARP website can be found at: www.haarp.alaska.edu/. Websites discussing the controversial aspects of HAARP can be found by visiting the Anomaly website at: www.AnomalyTheNovel.com. Once there, click on, -Fact Sheet- Randy Benjamin (Asher Dan) lives on a small lake in southern Indiana with a dog named Mufeoso.
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1) These "scientist" had dozen of clues that portals were being created and it took well over half the book for them to get it.
2) Two particle scientists meet two marine biologists and after a 2 hour discussion about a fish then beer and pizza, they seem ready to marry - but these and all the characters seemed very shallow having not been fleshed out.
3)in the middle of the crisis, out of nowhere related, the director takes valuable time to listen/watch a scientist, Dr. Walter, preach to Reverend Towers on his computer screen for a full chapter on religion relating the same 2 basic ideas described about scientist's views in many, many books -- Religion is wonderful while all big organizations that claim to be religious are not good nor Religious and current science to a primative seems like magic or a miracle; therefore making the more "advanced" being god-like. I agree with the views but it is highly unlikely anyone would waste the time when other critial things were happening.
4)things are too randomly spread out happening here and there, never being tied together and things are too contrived like conveniently catching a fish, which when you think about it could not have been caught as described, meeting the girls and having them tag around all over, getting a cyrogentic engineer when needed, etc.
5) ending some chapers and some paragraphs with semi-climatic endings like "things will get worse", "creating an opening to hell", "it will not get there as quick as they think", etc.
6) last, it ends right into a sequal promotion having resolved nothing at all.
"The Anomaly" tends to be more of a physics lesson than a fictional horror story. There is a lot of information that is unnecessary to the plot and it detracts from the enjoyment of the story.
Character development is extremely weak and there is nothing to distinguish one character from the other. Dialogue is contrived at every turn. The story unintentionally fluctuates between being told from the third-person and first-person perspective.
The author could have greatly benefited by having a handful of beta readers prior to publishing "The Anomaly" as this could have prevented the enormous number of editing issues.
I have read a number of books that are written by self-published authors, and I would like to make it clear that most of them are very good. Please do not form a preconceived notion that all self-published books are of the same quality as "The Anomaly."
I cannot in good conscience recommend this book until and unless a revision is published to correct some of the aforementioned problems.
It's written in a kind of flashback format, with an outsider reading the manuscript that was found somewhere. However, it is written largely from the perspective of a character other than the writer, which seems like a cheat to me. What was the author doing all that time? We don't know. And it's definitely not fair to slip into the "God-perspective."
Also, I thought it gave away the farm too early when the outside reader flipped to the back and read about a "portal" containing an "alien landscape." I had a pretty good suspicion what was causing mysterious "gunshot" wounds right away; it would have been much more suspenseful without that early seed being planted.
With all its flaws, though it was a surprisingly good story. With proper editing it would be 4-star. The author is obviously passionately interested in the cutting-edge/future technology in which the novel is set. The characters are interesting and reasonably realistic, and I cared about what was going to happen to them. If you like sci-fi/government conspiracy type novels, you will probably enjoy this one. If the sequel (shamelessly promoted at the end!) is also under $5, I plan to buy it.
The book is well written except for a few places where it was difficult to follow who was speaking. I noticed this and some typos and formatting issues in the second half of the book (Kindle version.) The plot has been accurately described in other reviews.
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others including those who are not big science fiction fans. The story is almost 'believable' and reads like a mystery! I read the few pages of the sequel included and am looking forward to buying and reading it.
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There are a few misspellings and odd sentence structures sprinkled here and there but unless...Read more