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Essential Reading in Science Fiction Paperback – December 15, 2009
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I purchased this e-book and I read these all straight through to the very end.
This appears to be a collection of 24 stories that could very well stand alone. Yet there is this convoluted thread that runs through them all to make it look like a disjointed effort to make a novel.
I say this because the first story has a character named Urrle who at one place gets miss named as Earle. Earle seems to be a recurring character through out. And there are threads of Asgard myth's with Odin and Thor in prominence. And there is some almost faceless benevolent but non interfering alien race called the Brell. So, it becomes difficult at best to divorce these from one another. There are some other names recurring but often with disturbing conflicted time lines - such as Chris and Jenny.
This is what creates the rather disjointed whole at best.
It's not that these might not be good stories its just that my limited intelligence kept having me say "Huh" straight through to the end. I tried in my mind to break them up into their separate selves but that was just worse.
Maybe one of the people with glowing recommendations could help me out here.
It wasn't a fun read.
Essential Reading kind of books are a great help in such cases, though not everyone will agree with everything that was selected or not selected. The same is true of this collection also.
I read the volume without any prejudice as to what ought to be and what not ought to be included -- mostly to get a different perspective. I must say that I enjoyed the book very much because of my perspective. Good selection!!
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Not having read any of David Sholes work before, I was very disappointed in his stories in this book. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Leon Ramakers
This book was a great read! It is very well paced & exciting . I hope the author continues writing, for has a great knack for writing action. Highly recommended! Read morePublished on March 22, 2012 by gaulwave73