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April (April series Book 1) by [Chandler, Mackey]
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From the Author

This was actually the first book I tried to write although it was not the first published. I submitted it to a large publishing company and it went through the long process of slush readers and sub-editors and then the file went to the head editor and it SAT. I had the benefit of quite a few comments and had made revisions. After some months one of the editors confided to me that the principal editor had a whole bunch of new books sitting on her computer desktop and was not reading any of them and would not delegate. I withdrew it.
    By the time I withdrew it I had written other material and felt I was doing a better job as a writer so I wanted to present the fresh material first. I eventually did go back and edit this book and add a lot of new material as well as cut out whole chapters.
    It is probably well I published it electronically because it is a honking big book. A publishing house would have a hard time deciding to risk the money to publish such a big, expensive to print book as an author's first.
    I have two other books and a collection of shorts published, but this is also the first book for which I am writing a sequel.

About the Author

Mackey (Mac') Chandler is retired to Rochester Michigan from a working life that spanned a large number of occupations. Mold maker, aerospace machinist, plumber, mechanic and dozen more as well as owning several businesses. This life experience and travel show in the depth and variety of his writing.
A life long time reader of Science Fiction, the authors at Baen's Bar and their evening chat room motivated him to try his own hand at writing. His first paid effort was a short story titled "Common Ground" which sold to the short-lived Jim Baen's Universe.
"April" is his third novel.
His personal favorite book is "The Mote in God's Eye" by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. Other favorite authors include Michael Z. Williamson and C.J.Cherryh.
Mac' posts to Live Journal as riteturn and at: mackeychandler.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 1668 KB
  • Print Length: 533 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: February 9, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0077EOE2C
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The story is so good despite all the awful mistakes. My 5 star rating is despite their ubiquity.
A tense, suspenseful story with so much to recommend it! It has a great plot and superb characters and is very believable (except in how characters move so easily between high and low gravities, but I guess we have to accept that as poetic licence)
I love how Mr Chandler extrapolates current events and trends to arrive at a very possible and rather scary near future.
Almost every time I read the news now, I am reminded of an extrapolation by Mr Chandler.
Just a few examples are excessive hygiene, formerly normal behaviour that becomes regarded as child abuse, the over-regulation of daily activities...

Here's a beaut - "Frank thought he would not be surprised if he got a ticket from a Homeland Defender, if he so much as parked crooked in his garage, much less invented anything in it outside of zoned use."
And - "isn't a paper or a TV news service left in North America, that will push for a hot story anymore. They know they'll go to prison if they run a story they were warned to kill. Everything is labeled a National Security issue"
The April stories highlight the increasing paranoia of the USA and how it is becoming a police state that disrespects the rights of its own citizens and of other nations.

But oh, dear, all the mistakes - they are just so frequent and so bad.
The punctuation is terrible, and here are just a few of many mistakes:
- They can analysis the traffic
- real estate, and seized under Emanate Domain
- it was bobby‑trapped
- We know there is a phenomena
- drool humor
He also frequently mixes up the names of his characters.
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Three and a half stars. I found 'Mac' Chandler on a list of "Libertarian Fiction" a couple summers ago. The listing was for "Family Law" but I think this book should have been on that list. While not nearly as subtle in its ideology, this does offer some interesting perspectives. I really enjoyed the 'birth of a nation' section where the residents of the station decide how they will govern themselves.

Overall, the characters are interesting and while not fully developed, they have room to grow. There are many, many small errors that the editing missed. They do not ruin the story, but they do detract from the flow of the tale. Chandler writes from the perspective that those who choose to live in the hard vacuum of space would be necessarily practical. Much like the early pioneers when your primary focus is the survival of your family a lot of the 'important' things of civilization become much less important. He also tends towards youthful protagonists, the rationality of youth seems to make everything favor the sane and sensible. I am reminded of the time my seven year old son asked "Josie is already a dog, why does she need a license?"

The action keeps a steady and brisk pace throughout the book so even with the editing misses, it was hard to put down.
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Kinda a bleak view of the American culture of the future but believable none the less. The obvious libertarian utopian ideas are interesting but still make roadkill out of anyone not strong enough to make it on their own. If they don't work on the space station they get banished. You can't do this on a planet without killing/imprisoning a lot of people. Its easy to overlook this weakness due to the strength of the characters in the plot. April is fun to watch mature and develop. I've read the series through #5 and each is just as engaging. The plots are a fun journey.
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I liked the story. Really, I did. It harks back to a fun discovery of space-dwellers, the possibilities of a space station becoming something more than simply a tin can in vacuum. The very youthful protagonist is slightly unbelievable for her age (and I have a very mature, bright 13 year-old daughter, so I know whereof I speak) but enjoyable nonetheless. The other characters live and speak and the ending is satisfying.

However. The edition I read was full of typos and badly in need of a copy-editor. I understand the manuscript has been updated, but the formatting problems, lack of quotation marks, and continuity issues were jarring, to say the least. I will read more by this author, but with caution, not buying until I'm sure he has matured as a writer a bit more. The other collection of stories I read by him, Common Ground, was excellent and well-presented. I recommend that whole-heartedly.
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Absolutely love this book. The premise is great and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I didn't (and still don't) understand much of the detailed and lengthy mechanical and weaponry described, it is all way past my level of education. It may even be possible one day, but stick with it and you will find a good book. Now, I have to get on to the next one, it promises to be just as challenging.
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I really enjoyed the story in spite of the spelling errors ... but I'm glad I read his other series first because if this had been the first book of Mr. Chandlers that I had read I might not have read the rest of the series. Or any of his other works, for that matter. Thank goodness he finally got a copy editor! The story is good although perseverance is the key through the first two books in this series. If you can make it through that, the rest of the books have the good fortune to have been cleaned up. I really fo wish the author would consider cleaning up the first two books though. The science and politics are pretty wonky I think, but what the heck I enjoyed it anyway.
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