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Fell's Hollow Paperback – January 28, 2013
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A. J. “Jim” Abbiati lives and works in historic Mystic, Connecticut. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing, a BA in English, and a BS in Computer Science. When not writing, Jim works for a major software engineering firm. He is currently at work on his second novel and is considering doctoral programs in either creative writing or narratology. Jim loves to hear from fans and fellow writers. Contact him at: http://ajabbiati.com.
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Fell's Hollow is much more than just dark fantasy or sword & sorcery, and it is far from a slow starter, or slow reader. I read a lot, and don't easily give 4 and 5 star reviews. Amazon self publishing has allowed a new generation of trash marketers, people who have little or no concept of real writing technique, story and character development. People who write ramblings that never reach, let alone pass first edit - they simple type like lunatics, self publish - and for some reason, an undiscerning gaggle of probably middle school level readers looks past all the errors in spelling and grammar, and confusing plot and raves about something that no real publisher would even look at beyond the first few pages.
Jim Abbiati has written a professional quality book. It is common to find at least 2 or 3 spelling errors in professionally published books - words that spell checker software could easily miss, your / you're, their / there etc. I tend to be very critical and see every error, but I didn't see a single mistake in this book. The pace of the book is good, length is good, but I was left looking for more. Not that the book ended too abruptly, or ended as a cliff hanger - on the contrary, it ended well. I just liked it enough, I could easily have continued for at least half again as many pages - and that could well be part of Jim's plan, for a sequel.
Set in a distant past, the book is of a fantasy land, with ordinary people, along with a few who have "the Gift", or use items created by others with the gift. There are rumors of war, crimes, drug peddlers, oppression of a few people, blood sucking creatures, and good people who fight against the evil. I wondered what happened to Chibb and his apparently early demise and the point of his role. He resurfaced toward the end of the book. I wondered about the assassin, Sellswords Ander and his sister Emma, Commander Larron of the Watch and how each of their roles would end, and as expected, there were twists and turns, surprises and plenty to keep my interest.
This is not a slow read, unless you're the kind of person who expects 5,000 words of constant action with no real character or plot development. If you can use your imagination, and allow it to be guided by the story rather than needing to be spoon-fed entertainment and cheap thrills, you will enjoy this book.
Well written. Interesting characters and creatures. Strange town. I would have liked to get to know those interesting characters more than I was able to, however. Although the characters were well drawn, I was just getting to like (or dislike them) and the episode was over. Certain characters did recur, though--but I would have liked more of a chance to appreciate them.
It was a good read for me.
Having said that, I did enjoy this book quite a lot, once I understood that the characters were never really going to come together into one unit and fight for truth, justice and to banish all evil from the world. (Said with tongue firmly in cheek)
The world was the one cohesive character in the book and it's beautifully described and fleshed out making the stories flow from one to the other with enough continuity to be enjoyable.
I would have passed on this book if I'd read the reviews which revealed it to be a series of separate stories mainly tied together by the world they live in, but I'm glad I didn't. I've enjoyed it very much. I will very likely read more by this author.