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Here is an example from the first page. Apparently until 60 seconds before the book starts the hero has had a wonderful and close relationship with his father. Now his dad seems to turn on him and he wonders if his Dad has been scamming him for 20 years only pretending he cares for him. That doesn't happen to real people unless they are idiots. The whole conversation is unbelievable. People don't suddenly wonder if someone they know well is secretly totally different. After 20 years of living with someone you can't make that big a mistake judging them. Real people can't totally hide an evil side every day for that many years of intimate living. You at least get hints that make you suspicious. Even if they did it is not your first thought. If your parents do something strange either you suspected their motives all along or you wonder what bizarre thing is making them act so strange. You don't immediately suspect your own judgement.
Clearly the author is creating conflict and can't be bothered to make it seem real. I suspect Dad is kindly kicking the fledgling out of the nest so he can learn to fly but the author wants the hero to not realize this. If this was as far as it went it wouldn't be a problem. Lots of authors fumble at artificially creating conflict but tell a good story after the conflict is set up. The problem with this book is that this is a pattern. I find myself saying over and over "I wouldn't say that. I wouldn't think that. No one I know would say that."
I tried for about 6 chapters but finally gave up. After 6 chapters of suspending disbelief against such extreme provocation it gave me a headache. I don't relate well to unbelievable characters. Maybe it gets better after that. I doubt it.
Your mileage may vary.
This book really entertained me.
I love character driven stories and I frankly thought at the beginning that there was no way a shallow self absorbed character like this was going to get me through the story.
The problem is that for the most part the story is well written and the style of writing drew me into the story.
It took a while for my thick head to figure out that Craze was some sort of gene-engineered made for space being. And as I read I began to wonder if perhaps he wasn't a victim of some bit of inbreeding. Craze reminds me of a few people who at the age of 30 were still sponging off their parents. But, it might be in this case that his parents may be overly opportunistic and have continually used him and this time they gave him the boot and his father stole his girlfriend. Also, unless I got things wrong I think all of this happened with the approval of his mother.
These things come out throughout the narrative and some of Craze's inner dialogue.
Reluctantly Craze leaves. To be honest he's forced out by use of some sort of electronic prod. He has to go to Elstwhere and from there he has to make his own life. Craze wants to own a bar and his thoughts constantly return to the orderliness of his racks of exotic liquors. I think that Craze may be a bit OCD. On the way to Elstwhere he meets Lepsi and Talos some Aviarmen who are on their way to obtain a ship to begin their own enterprise. Craze gets involved with them from the point of view that he too must make his own life now. He sees them as a means to his end.
They also seem to have the same revenge filled nature that Craze is beginning to acquire.
This whole story begins to become of comedy of errors with most of the characters coming off as being users. They are using each other and any one they can to obtain their goals.
Craze meets the -possibly bisexual -Gattar, a Jax who introduces him to a scheme to obtain chocolate- which is precious. Lepsi and Talos recognize the Jax and clue Craze into how the chocolate might be a red herring for the trafficking of prohibited weapons from Earth or the Fore'worlds.
Add in the involvement of local authorities and all the best laid plans....
As a forewarning to everyone even though this book is long enough to be considered at least a novella and probably a novel it completes with the air of being incomplete because it's part of a series and because the author chose to end it as she chose to end it.
All I can say is if her engaging and humorous style prevails throughout the series I'll have no problem with these stories. It kept reminding me of the Retief stories by Keith Laumer- except lacking the strong sensible character that was Retief.
Nonetheless Craze has some redeeming qualities and his associates prove to be both a foil and a balance for him.
Nice Entertaining Sci-Fi and Strange alien fiction- these characters are not human and for the most part don't act any more human than a bit of anthropomorphizing here and there like salt an pepper for flavor.
Being handed a few chips and a backpack with a few more items, Craze is chased down to the docks by members of the council where he's put on a ship to Elstwhere. On the ship he meets and befriends two Aviarmen named Talos and Lepsi who are on their way to buy a ship and make their way out on the Edge.
On Elstwhere Craze also meets a shape shifter who essentially makes him the fall guy for a shifty deal with some Foreworlder's. The deal goes south and Craze gets picked up by the law, but his new friends Talos and Lepsi convince the lawman that Craze is just a naive fool. Together with the lawman they begin tracking down the Foreworlders.
I loved this book. I'd been meaning to read it for a long time and when I finally started, I couldn't put it down. The writing is tight, the characters are tight, and the worlds are clever and the imagery fantastic. The pacing is good so it makes for a quick read.
The interaction between Craze and the Aviarmen is great and the way they bond is believable. Essentially they are all starting out new and need friends in order to survive out on the Edge. The one gripe that I have is with the lawman, Dactill. The way that he finds himself as part of the main group of characters seems a bit convenient (not that he's with them, but why he stays) but this is the first book in a series so I'm sure we'll get a bit more about him.
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