- File Size: 2532 KB
- Print Length: 279 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: www.martynfiction.com (October 25, 2015)
- Publication Date: October 25, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0176JLP60
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,430,088 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Bleak: The story of a shapeshifter Kindle Edition
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In particular I was impressed at how the main character, whose name is Bleak, requires several days of exertion to fully take on a new appearance. So often these kind of abilities are almost instantaneous -- in the blink of an eye there's a whole different person standing there. I'm all for suspension of disbelief, but there's just no way it can be that easy! It was nice to see an author with the discipline to avoid that comicbook-esque take on shapeshifting.
The tone was a bit less consistent. At times it felt like a dark, noir thriller. Some of the best writing in the novel can be found in those moments:
"As he sat, a yellow overhead light nudged some of the shadows to one side."
But at other times the tone was more lighthearted and earnest. I think this dichotomy comes from the way the main character, Bleak, is depicted. At times he is shown as a badass warrior and at other times he's a lovable chump. Of course, a character needs some depth and dimension, but I'd like to be able to figure out if I'm looking at Dirty Harry or Barney Fife.
The plot has a lot of action and moves along at a steady pace, although I felt it dragged in the middle. All around, though, this is an engaging adventure for hard science fiction fans.
I particularly enjoyed the exploration of themes around Bleak's programming, which forces him to act in certain ways. Bleak becomes aware of this and begins to self-reflect on both his actions and the consequences of his actions - the treatment reminded me of Asimov's famous Laws of Robotics, which eventually drive the robots to formulate the 'Zeroth' Law. This certainly lends Martyn's writing depth as he introduces and deals with universal themes and memes, and in return, allows the reader to question the fundamental nature of humanity itself.
If you like hard sci-fi, battles, intrigue, a touch of romance, space opera and intelligently written speculative fiction, then this is the book for you. Look no further!
The story is evenly paced with some plot twists and turns and surprises. It held my interest from the first page to the last. The intriguing plot is realistic, even though clearly science fiction. I had the feeling that with the right technology, these things could be possible. The characters were well-fleshed out, believable, and easy to care about. Overall, this book was a highly enjoyable read.
I recommend Bleak: The Story of a Shapeshifter, to all scifi fans and to anyone who loves a great story.
When the story starts, Bleak is on the run in the midst of post-civil-war chaos. He is soon captured and sucked back into the conflict, however, as both sides want to make use of his unique super-human abilities, even as they make it clear that they are, indeed, using him, and that many of them consider him to be a weapon, not a sentient being. Bleak's character development and the suspense of what will happen to him are well-handled. I'm not normally a huge fan of "hard" sci-fi, since I consider it kind of dry, and I had the same problem with this book, but the issues surrounding Bleak are compelling, the worldbuilding is detailed, and fans of the genre will no doubt find much to enjoy here.
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If you like intrigue, a touch of romance, this book is for you.
Very worth the read.
His central character, Bleak, a shape shifter is excellently characterised by his internalisations and outward...Read more
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