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Life II Paperback – February 5, 2013
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"A distinctive debut novel about the unpredictability of a life already lived, with enough time-bending to intrigue sci-fi fans."
About the Author
Scott Spotson creates a wide variety of fiction, but what his works have in common is a sense of wonderment - about the relationships we value in our lives; about the world we live in. He has written "Life II," a time travel novel that follows a man's new path through life when, in the year 2013, he returns to 1987 as his 16-year-old self; "Bridge Through Time," which is the time travel sequel to "Life II," with a good dose of science fiction; "Seeking Dr. Magic," a novel that imagines what happens when a powerful wizard comes of age as a contemporary, charismatic young man and wreaks his havoc upon the world, which is yet unaware of his existence; "Delusional," in which a woman in love suddenly experiences hallucinations and resolve to track down her tormentor before it's too late; "The Deadly Wizard Games," in which four arrogant wizards take over governing present-day North America; "Alia Tero: The Many Lives of Darren Datita," in which a young man finds himself bewildered as he navigates the strange rules of an alternate society cloned from Earth; "The Strange Life of Brandon Chambers," where after a bioweapons explosion on an army base claims the lives of his parents, he experiences hallucinations that may be clues as to what really happened; and "You Know You're Thin When...," a humour book using large single panel cartoons, for ages 12 and up.
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The prose is pretentious. My wife and I read out loud to one another, and this one fell to me. There's a LOT you can tell about a writer's style if you read his work out loud! In this case, ... well, it just does not work.
But, there's more here than simply labored, slightly-less-than purple prose. The autor delivers it with the regularity of a jackhammer with its power switch stuck in the "On" position. Early in the first chapter we learn about Max's unhappy marriage. For page after page after page after page we get exposition -- great endless walls of text, unrelieved by a single paragraph -- all about how crabby, cranky, and caloused Abby is, how narcissistic she is about her needs, her, wants, her interests, her relationship. What he tells us about her in the first two paragraphs exausts this idea. Well and good. But, it goes on and on and on. I found myself skipping from one paragraph to the next, then one page to the next.
Then there were the spelling errors -- "fine" for "find," for example. Lots of that kind of thing. Someone ran a spell checker on auto-pilot, not once checking the context.
I don't have time for this sort of stuff, not when it's a Long, Long Book. Ain't gonna endure that. Nope. I stopped. And I ain't gonna start again.
I liked the author's premise about how time travel could work, but I can watch unhappy people making bad choices and emotionally over-reacting just about anywhere. I like to think that most people would be more careful with a second chance of this magnitude. What i see instead is Caspar Milquetoast turned "bull in a china shop". Nails on a blackboard after a while waiting for him to get a grip.
To be fair, I was not assaulted by bad grammar and spelling errors, Somebody at least took the trouble to spell check and do a little proof reading. The writing style was ok, and i would willingly give the author another chance if he lets his characters get a few things right. I desperately wanted the protagonist to pull himself together and win a few rounds. I guess he may later in the story but i left feeling like a dinner guest where the host and hostess can't stop fighting. Cringe-worthy may be the best description, and after a while i got tired of wincing and decided to go home.
I think the author shows potential. I hope his later work is as good as it could be.
I have a 12-year-old daughter, and the idea that I would leave her for some uncertain opportunity and wouldn’t see her again till 13 years later (when she’s born again) is unfathomable to me. That’s exactly what made me mad at Max- when he did just the thing so easily and without any second thoughts.
I can’t imagine any loving parent- mother OR father- willingly separating from their children after being warned that as soon as they step through the Time Weaver, their initial life will be deleted. DELETED! Dr. Time didn’t trick Max, didn’t lie to him- Max just understood her words the way it was convenient for him. The fact that a 42-year-old man took such a risky and immature step to obtain a second chance in life instead of simply changing his career and either divorcing his wife or trying to fix things between them with the help of a marriage counselor, irked me. And he did so voluntarily and with no regrets. Now, if he were KIDNAPPED by Dr. Time and thrown into the Time Weaver without his consent, it’d make way more sense. It’d also make Max into a victim and not someone who CHOSE to run away from his life and, most importantly, his children.
On the bright side, Garfield turned out to be a refreshing voice of reason and became my favorite character in the whole book.
To sum everything up, though I have a lot of issues with this novel, I prefer not to dwell on the negative. I took this story as a warning to any of us who wish they’d have a second chance. Careful what you wish for: You might become richer and more successful, but meanwhile you’ll lose those who are the closest to your heart.
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If you were offered a chance to live your life all over again, would you take it?
This is the premise of Scott Sponson's novel, Life II.Read more