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The Know Circuit: The Bridge Chronicles, Book 2 Paperback – May 5, 2010
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About the Author
Gary A. Ballard was born, raised and still resides in the state of Mississippi. He began writing at the age of 11, completing a number of really bad, thankfully unpublished novels during his teen years. Graduating from Belhaven College with a degree in Fine Arts, he has painted, photographed, drawn, and written the world as he sees it. Working as a web designer since the early days of the World Wide Web, Gary is well-versed in social media, graphic design and Internet marketing.His first novel in the Bridge Chronicles series, Under the Amoral Bridge, was published in 2009 and has received critical acclaim. He currently lives with his wife and three insane dogs, and updates his personal blog, The Game of Angst, found at gameangst.blogspot.com and The Bridge Chronicles Blog, found at amoralbridge.blogspot.com.
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And the thing is, I don't think "The Know Circuit" is bad; it was written well and the characters were fine. I just felt like it took my expectations from the first book, wadded them up into a crumpled ball, and threw them into the garbage.
There are some highlights in the book, what with Stonewall and Aristotle being around and Bridge's usual charm -- I enjoyed the part were he was looting from potentially dead people. That being said, it wasn't enough to save the book for me. I kept on reading and persevering in the hopes the crazy would eventually subside, but it only became more and more pronounced, with the ending having a pretty fantastical change to the world established in the series. Unfortunately, "The Know Circuit" made me lose all my interest I had in the series -- I have other books to read in the fantasy genre, and I came to The Bridge Chronicles for some cyberpunk.
That's just how I felt, and is obviously just my opinion. If you read "The Know Circuit" and enjoyed it, more power to you. Any potential readers wanting to check out "The Know Circuit," though, just be prepared for a change of pace.
This is not the case here. Bridge and companions head east from LA and when they get to Colorado the plot becomes in my opinion ridiculous for a science fiction novel.
It would totally work as a Fantasy novel but the author tries to use nultiple dimensions and particle physics to cover his drift of genres. But it is not acceptable.
His description of science and how science works is childish. And the characters Bridge meets in Colorado are cut out figures. It jars when Bridge who is so real talks to the egghead scientists. Do none of them have any grasp of realy or the consequences of their actions? They are just cartoonish for me.
The end of the novel is a rushed description (all telling, no showing) of a new world order. Couldn't this have been left for the next novel? His first novel seemed as if it was part well written and part synopsis. Again this time he has tacked an outline onto the end of his writing.
I wish the writer had bitten the bullet and made this a fantasy novel or taken the time to work out some vaguely "realistic" way to describe the science and its implications. Many other novels have force shields, iimpossible aliens, time travel and Quantam Mechanical doohickies and leave the details unsaid. And these books work because the writing carries the reader along and plots are internally coherent.
This author has a great imagination and reminds me in his wild supposings of Doc EE Smith or a modern space opera writer. He also mixes an interest in politics and corporatisation that is great. However he doesn't seem to have yet developed the control needed to get the story from the beginning to the end.
If you are going to explode into the heights it is better to have some knowledge of aerodynamics.
Hard to rate. Some great characters and some stupid ones. Some great action and exciting set pieces but a plot that loses it for me half way through and an ending that would fail in a writing class (all telling).
I think a 3.75 but I can't give him a 4. I suppose I may buy the next book in the seried just to see what happens but I might not.
This shortish story of Bridge's relationships, business and work to survive draws you in and leaves you wanting more.
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