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- Print Length: 340 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1521502536
- Publication Date: August 1, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071KDJHMF
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First off, whom ever edited this, needed to spend more time editing it. If they paid to have it done, they got ripped off. It's filled with run on sentences, commas are missing and it's just hard to read for long periods of time without getting lost. Second of all this is an anthology with none of the authors attached as authors on the front page. This means that everyone one of them can give this a separate review to make the book seem better than it is, usually in this case the authors get a free copy of the book they worked on, too. So if you see a lot of high starred one line reviews with out the thing being bought, you'll know whats up..
Third. The table of contents. I don't know if it is a format thing or an editing thing but it's like a wave! Seriously, no alignment at all and it feels really unprofessionally done. Not sure if that's just an Amazon thing or not. Fourth, don't let the publishing stamp fool you, this book is self-published and it shows. They had to make up their own "Company" to make it feel official so people would buy it, I looked it up. It's just a facebook group. Anthologies are a quick and easy way to make a good sized book.
Fifth, they have a foreword in the book that you don't need and has nothing to do with the anthology. It reads like an obscure history lesson and is a waste of time. It tells nothing of what you're getting into, or why this thing was even put together. Forewords are an introduction to your book. Science fiction readers don't need a history lesson on science fiction, chances are most of them know who Jules Verne was if they ever went to school in their lives. Sell yourself book, not other writers. Way to short change all the people who contributed who ever put this together.
For those of you who don't know, collapsar isn't a typo. It's just a word for a star that has run out of fuel and has...well..collapsed on itself to form a black hole or a white dwarf/ neutron star. Most people wouldn't know that, and don't feel bad if you didn't. Also, it's the name of a band, too. Once again, when I think "Collapsed star" I don't think of a knock off of the Death Star exploding. Seriously that cover looks like someone watched the end of star wars and thought "Gee, that'd make an excellent book cover" A little effort goes a long way.
On to the first story....Spoilers. I guess?
The first story starts out with someone who died. One character is telling another that Guthree died. Do any of us care? No. I just shrugged. The death of characters off screen has no impact when you never knew them. And the characters react much the same way as I did. No emotion, no anything. It was just a "Meh" moment and aren't surprised. As if you were talking about the weather on a nice clear day, boring.. Moving on.
Then we get to see the exciting habits of a dazzle or zeal of zebras. Five seconds of research told me what a group of them are called. The writer couldn't be bothered. But really, this is your sci-fi story?
Basically, it goes on like this for quite a while. You get to learn the exciting habits of zookeepers, breaking the rules, feeding them out of the schedule. Rebellious characters or, something? Also, you get to learn the history of the Philadelphia Zoo and how now, 200 years after its founding, its falling apart. Awesome stuff...I mean, this is what I think of when I think of Sci-fi. Don't you? They spend time with the birds and, well we all know how exciting ducks can be. Space Ducks maybe, but these are from earth. Moving on...too
Learning how Marten is not bothered by heat and humidity. Yep, a whole paragraph is focused on the weather. This is something that should have been done in the first few lines of the story if it was important.
The paragraphs are way too long to care about and it's so easy to lose your place in them. There is nothing here to keep your attention. This story could have been shortened several thousands of words and had a much bigger impact. It sets things up badly, it highlights all the boring things. Then it goes into weird stuff like "If you tell anyone whats in here central will have you killed" That's a literal line in the story. It's so bland it makes my skin hurt. I can't imagine writing anything as tacky as that. It has no class or style.
Okay I could keep going but this story is incredibly boring, it's painful to keep going like this. You can and should read it for yourself but I am going to tell you right now this does not set a good tone for this book. If your cover is in outer space with an explosion on it, maybe the first story should have something to do with outer space and something exciting. Hook the reader, there aren't too many sci-fi readers who care about the work habits of zookeepers. Give us the stars, the unknown, the wonder of the universe...not ducks, zebras and "meh"
Whoever was picking the stories for this likely didn't have many to choose from and just chose anyone who submitted to the project. That's the only reasoning I have for this anthology starting out with such a boring, slow paced story. Buying this is a risk if you've got money to waste, go for it. It might keep you busy on a rainy day if you literally have nothing to do. However this is the group's very first publication, they should have released it for free as a hook to start all of this off if anything. This isn't worth money. So buyer beware.