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- Print Length: 275 pages
- Publication Date: November 11, 2010
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B004CFAP22
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The writing is terrible. Like wood, dead wood, but not interesting dead wood that can catch your eye with its fascinating shapes and textures. No, this is like a downed tree limb blocking a path. It's too wet and pulpy to be useful for firewood, but no where near breaking apart to nourish the ground. The dialogue is particularly bad - at one point I wondered if it was deliberate and intended to indicate that none of the characters were speaking their native language. But that would require a greater facility with the craft of writing fiction than the book otherwise demonstrates.
There's no emotional engagement. Even when the MarySue ^w protagonist is describing an incident in which he could have burned to death, it doesn't read at all like an actual thing that happened to him, and more like a point on an outline, "put in the part where I, I mean he, almost died to demonstrate my, I mean his, astounding mental control."
Oh, and up until page 99 there are also no women. Well, except for the throwaway paragraph about his screaming mother carrying him out of the fire. And, a nurse at the hospital (she's a "nice, older woman." Who says the author is weak on characterization?) Yes, he's on a military starship, but later we see a (very) few women with military positions, so it's not that the military is all male. I don't know, maybe this gets explained later, and yes, Tolkien, but Tolkien could actually write, so. . . Anyway, basically no women. Which, if you like that sort of thing, that's fine. But at this point it just seems like shoddy world-building.
I could go on, oh, how I could go on. Like the part where the protagonist, who has no training in magic, picks up a magic wand and can instantly use it. Or the part where, with no combat experience, he comes up with a strategy that astounds the space marines, a strategy that he'd learned from a video game.
Yeah, that probably tells you everything you need to know about this book.
It's free, so if value the craft of writing and you're looking for a good hate-read, or if you're a member of the author's family and you really want to support him in this writing thing, by all means pick up a Kindle copy.
While it starts off as a space opera it rapidly becomes much more with the introduction of the main character who is an intelligence officer on a ship of the Emperor’s Navy. He actually is more and as the story develops you find out he has some latent wizardly powers that drive the story forward. How he learns what those powers are and how he comes to terms with them as well as how to control them while finding out who he really is a theme that helps to drive this tale forward.
This book, in some ways, reminds me of the ensemble in “Star Trek.” The crew of the “Dragon Claw” includes alien species as well as humans. A major charm of this book is the way the characters are introduced and how they grow and change. The challenges they face are daunting but there are no real deus ex machina artifacts to get them out of situations. They have to use their intellect to solve problems all the while learning how to get along with each other while they develop new skills and aptitudes.
The plot moves along at a fast pace and if you don’t watch out you will find yourself binge reading to see what happens next. Some of the situations are solved by plain old force while others require the use of newly, in some cases, barely understood capabilities.
The characters in this book act in manners that seem like that is what they are supposed to act like, not like cardboard cutouts that are one dimensional . These guys really are three dimensional. They also display a sense of being part of a group and look out for each other as would most military units.
While reading this book I found myself identifying with them. In other words, I became totally immersed in the universe of “Lost Tales of Power” and the people in the story.
A word of warning. This really is a book that once you start reading it you will not want to put it down. I suggest you start on Friday night so you won’t have to get up and go to work the next day after staying up all night reading it.
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