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Discount Miracles Paperback – May 18, 2012
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About the Author
Brand Gamblin was born in San Antonio in 1973. He spent most of his youth in Texas, earning a bachelors degree in Computer Science from Texas Tech University. Following college, he achieved his boyhood dream of working as a video game programmer. For the next decade, he published games for such companies as Microprose, Acclaim, and Firaxis. In his spare time, Brand created the YouTube video cult classic, "Calls For Cthulhu", which has thousands of followers worldwide, and has been nominated for several film awards. Brand's first book, Tumbler, was released as a podiobook in 2009, and then was self-published in 2010. His second book was a steampunk retelling of George Orwell's 1984. It was finished in 2010, and is still in production. In 2011, Brand published "The Hidden Institute", a futuristic story of regentrification. It has been called "Oliver Twist meets My Fair Lady, with a death penalty."
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Although this story took me quite a bit longer than usual to finish, I am glad that I did. I was surprised by the ending. There was a hint to a mystery that needed to be solve. If it gets published, I just may read it, if the price is reasonable.
This story is fun, light-hearted, and humorous. The idea of going to a planet full of people with lesser technology and using your knowledge to manipulate them is pretty messed up but it's also rather appealing. Becoming a miracle worker or a God could have high appeal to someone trapped on a planet where their knowledge far outstrips that of the populace. The captain of the wrecked ship attempts to keep their impact to a minimum, beyond creating miracles. There is no selling of technology, no matter how small, to the citizenry. It is hard to balance between surviving, thriving, and impacting a society that you really have no business being involved in.
I loved the way that these miracles were carried out. Each society has their own superstitions and religions that they follow but their leaders are often looking for ways to ensure that things happen as they "should". It doesn't take much for the crew to use some bits of technology to create a light and sound show that is awe-inspiring to the citizens at large. Even the holy men and learned scholars are fooled!
I also enjoyed the plot line as it developed. The crew finds themselves in a bit of hot water as they go along. The crew are at odds on how to escape the planet and get back home, as well as how to interact with the populace. And just when you think things couldn't get any worse for them...well, they do!
The only issues I had with this book was it's lack of depth. The characters were each unique and felt real to me, but their motivations weren't as fleshed out as they could have been. The makings of great world building were there, but it lacked the depth that I prefer in a good sci-fi or fantasy novel. The storyline is interesting and rather fast paced, but it moves along almost too quickly in parts and I found the resolution to be wrapped up a little too nicely. I think that I would have preferred a longer book with more effort put into really developing the world and the characters. However, I don't think that's what the author was going for.
This is a fun little read and I'd recommend it if the idea of making miracles with advanced technology appeals to you. It reminded me a bit of the episode of Voyager "False Profits", where a pair of Ferengi ended up on a medieval-style world and using
Discount Miracles by Brand Gamblin is a fun sci-fi romp. The story follows the crew of a space salvage ship that crash landed on a planet. The planet is inhabited by colonists who landed there centuries ago and have fallen into a superstitious dark age. The crew of JN3-0518 uses their advanced knowledge and technology to manipulate the populace, creating "miracles" for them in exchange for the money they need to survive until they can be rescued. It is a fun, adventurous novel that doesn't take itself too seriously.
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It even has elements of my favorite show Firefly.
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