- File Size: 1534 KB
- Print Length: 292 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 151504727X
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Creativia; 2 edition (December 24, 2012)
- Publication Date: December 24, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ASZYOBS
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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If the author reads through and fixes these things I'll gladly edit my review (I hope Amazon allows this) to provide a higher rating.
About the book: Please discount my review completely if you are NOT a sci-fi fan. I'm writing from the perspective of a sci-fi reader. Fans of other genres may enjoy the book much more.
There were passages that seemed masterful and inspired, the author clearly has a love for the setting and the significance of the artwork there, not just to the church, but for everyone. However, such uplifting prose was sometimes followed by clichéd plot/character twists and cringe-inducing dialogue. The author made a point of including many details about Italy that would mean something to artists or art historians, and perhaps influence the uneducated to explore the area. I hope our society hasn't devolved so much that readers wouldn't recognise that the art and locations are often real. I'm giving a lot of criticism in this review, but I do appreciate the introduction of real and important art/history into the narrative. The best old sci-fi (and everything else) used to educate as well as entertain (Abraham Lincoln learned from books than teachers), and I give this author props for doing so.
The descriptions of the protagonist's artistic pursuits were enjoyable, but I wish the author would have included even more about the actual process. The farthest we delved into that was a mention of what kind of brush the hero uses, but as a former artist, I can tell you there's much more material up for grabs to write into the story somehow... stretcher bars (make a good weapon...), stretching the canvas (tiring, and uses unique tools that could be used as weapons), solvents (poisonous and flammable), oil medium (which is not the same as the paint itself), sealants, etc. Integrating more of those details in interesting ways might have made some passages more memorable.
I also enjoyed the concept of a Vatican gone wild and returning to an inquisition-like oppressive domination of Italy. However, the lack of technology in this future was something that seemed missing. Eyes in the sky follow everyone, but there are no computers or cell phones or... anything to distinguish the time period from 19th century Rome? This IS explained in the text, in the form of the aftermath of a sort of world war, but the author also lets us know that other countries have modern technology. Yet nobody has a computer? Not even the highest officials in the Vatican (did I miss this somewhere?)?
The core subject matter seemed not to be the war, or religion, or even art. Instead, the book featured an exhausting and heated on-again/off-again romance, making it closer to a Romance or Drama than Science Fiction. I think the author would find more sales marketing to a more appreciative audience. Romance readers want graphic details about the romance. War readers want graphic details about the war. Sci-fi readers want graphic details about future technology. One of those three is missing from this book. The venn diagram for war readers and sci-fi readers is well plumbed (Starship Troopers, The Forever War, etc.) but the venn diagram for romance and sci-fi probably doesn't have much overlap.
If that's your thing (and you can get past poor editing) then this is perfect for you!
Ms. Kilczer has a beautifully descriptive voice. Her writing contains deep messages and gives the reader lots to think about. She has a great deal of raw talent, and her story-telling is impressive. She easily depicts emotions, and draws her characters and settings with great detail. There were some editing issues, but it is thought-provoking and stimulating. Well worth a read.
There is real depth in this story. The depth lies in its philosophical treatment of war and why men create war. It is a good book, well written and well worth the time for reading.
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