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Let me first admit, I am never a fan of short stories, clearly this is a personal problem and not the author's fault but I wouldn't have purchased this if I had noticed it was so short. In terms of this story specifically, I second the review by Simon titled "needs some airing out". I REALLY wanted to like this book - it was a pre-order and I awaited it eagerly. Unfortunately, it lost my attention early on when the story seemed to lose it's thread to rush to a conclusion - and I have to admit, the whole eye thing just grossed me out and seemed overdone.
Perhaps there was pressure to get the book out by a certain date and concessions we made? At any rate, I look forward to seeing more from this author, very interesting start.
It is short. However, what you're getting for the price of the kindle version is nothing short of robbing the author, if you're on the fence, drop the dollar. You're getting bang for your buck. My issue with some of the other reviews is that the popular style now is long, painfully drawn out, exhaustively detailed political epics and we've grown to expect that a 'good' story is one where you come away with all of the answers and enough in-world knowledge to populate a wiki. I disagree.
The Drowning Eyes is vivid and immersive without being verbose, relatable without feeling dull, and short without lacking impact. There are repeated uncomfortable moments in the story where difficult decisions and opposing views clash and you expect a certain outcome. Foster doesn't hand you the conclusions to these ethical questions. They're presented, they grip you, they make you uncomfortable, and they're dropped without dragging the reader to a judgment. Much like the details of their lives trickle in without painting a complete picture, you can only sympathize with them in the moment with the knowledge you have. This reminds me strongly of the classic sci-fi stories that I grew up with. Though a few scenes may have felt repetitive or drawn out, I didn't find this strongly impacted my enjoyment of the narrative.
This isn't a life story or a heavy-handed morality tale. It's not a grimdark bloated novel of convoluted plots. It's a snap shot of another world with tantalizing hints and troubling dilemmas, a seafaring yarn in HD full color, and that it does beautifully.
This book has such a cool concept and I absolutely love where all of this take place (the ocean on a ship). Tazir is my favorite character. She is mean, grumpy, an drunkard and a captain. And I believe that she is the most perfect imperfect character of them all.
The reason I rated this a 3,5 is because of the length of the book. I wished this was a 500-page-book instead of a book with only 130 pages. That results to the characters getting little to none scenes with just them (the characters do not always have to say/do something without it effecting the plot). There is little character development and I wished the world/"magic" was explained more. I also think it would be really cool if pirates was a big part of the story.
All in all I didn't expect too much since this is a really short book. But it was great and entertaining. The story/idea is amazing although I wished there was more and I felt like something was missing.