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A page turner. Wonderfully cheap, an interesting and engaging story, well written and well edited.
From James Crain
Mr. Gillaspy wrote the kind of book that I used to read as a youngster - and still enjoy as an adult. I'm looking forward to its sequel, 'An Emergent Universe.'
-- From: Fully Booked, the reading blog of Barker College in Sydney, Australia.
"A Larger Universe has become a bit of stand out from the thousands of self-published works on Amazon. While a lot of content on the web is garbage, every now and then something rises above it all and you get the good stuff which, according to numerous Sci-Fi buffs, this book is." --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- Publication Date : August 16, 2010
- File Size : 1747 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 358 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B003ZUY5YE
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,210,519 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Now I said the story is typical but it has enough twists and turns and different looks at common tropes to be really satisfying. It took a little time to get into the story, but it soon became a page turner and denied me a full nights sleep since i was up until 2am finishing the story.
The book does have a "nerdy" feel to it because the young protagonist is a genius computer hacker, kidnapped by an alien species for his talent. Along the way, the known laws of physics are bent and broken but only enough to move the plot along. I like that the author recognizes that physical laws are being broken and just has the protagonist say so without resorting to blabber and technospeak.
Surprising that the book isn't doing better. It deserves higher ranking than so many other indie novels that are selling better. I hope Mr. Gillaspy keeps writing, I would like to read more. I'm buying his latest novel tomorrow--The Lesser Talisman.
This is an eerily engaging story that will absolutely pull you in if you're the right kind of reader. By that, I mean you need to be able to appreciate a greater insight into the protagonist's special talents than a lot of standard sci-fi fare is willing to provide. The author doesn't deal any more in handwavium than he absolutely has to; much of the story is spent recounting recognizable software development and debugging methodologies to a somewhat gritty degree. If you're into that kind of thing (as I am, as a former programmer), you are really going to like the way some of the plot advancements and complications are handled.
Beyond that one aspect, there's something about this story that just hits the sweet spot. A couple of other reviewers have made reference to early Heinlein. Add a very young hero who has both Tom Swift and John Carter Of Mars somewhere in his family tree, and you're starting to get the idea.
The world-building is simple, believable, and sufficient to the story, as is the author's narrative style. Nothing about the plot is telegraphed or predictable. (Well, a couple of things do happen to the hero that the engaged reader will have suspected were only a matter of time. You'll recognize them when you get to them.)
There are a few minor editing errors sprinkled throughout, but nothing that's going to jolt you out of immersion.
This author is a perfect example of why I'm such a fan of browsing the self-publishers in Amazon's Kindle shop. Yes, it's a bit of a hit-or-miss effort to find the good stuff, but then you happen across a gem like this and you realize the hunt was worthwhile.
This unpretentious, terrific little book is the most enjoyable escapist science fiction I've read in the past couple of years. And yes, I too am now waiting for a sequel. In fact, I'm drumming my fingers.
At times a bit too much.
Ok and solidly in the "Starwars" sort of universe teeming with other civilizations.
I give him some credit for taking the time to imagine how FTL could be achieved and how present day earthlings could be sitting here not hearing a thing from out there. Though I don't believe it myself.
I'm a space enthusiast but heck, without FTL we are pretty much stuck here and the Galaxy is closed. I wouldn't want everyone to give up. So though I'm skeptical, ok.
A bit teasing and not much else in romantic interest. There's more action than this on the slow generation ships.
Ha, zero women will read this book.
Top reviews from other countries
Highly recommended - but with a slightly rushed ending which needed an extra chapter or two to really round the novel off.