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Lightwave: Clocker (Folding Space Book 1) Kindle Edition
Saree’s got a secret. A truly unique talent.
Trillions rely on her rare gift. If they knew, they’d betray her in a heartbeat for the huge reward.
Despite Saree’s best efforts, rumors fly. Desperate, she jumps on Lightwave Fold Transport just ahead of a bounty hunter.
But Lightwave might not be safer.
Lightwave’s crew were mercenaries. Mercenaries who destroyed her childhood home. Saree barely escaped last time. Will they recognize her?
Worse, will they discover who she really is?
Discover Saree’s secret today.
This seven-book classic space opera series is complete and ready for binge-reading!
(All the swear words are made up and while there are adult topics and relationships, there’s no sex in this series.)
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- ASIN : B07D63CMKJ
- Publisher : Lightwave Publishing LLC; 2nd edition (May 18, 2018)
- Publication date : May 18, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 1464 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 374 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #237,827 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I can overlook a lot for the sake of a good story. Unfortunately, the pace is slow and I found the plot line boring.
The title is a bit of a mouthful, but my friends I am happy to come to you today with this review of “Lightwave: Clocker: Folding Space Series Book 1.0”. AM Scott contacted me for an honest review, and I am so happy to do so. I want to thank AM Scott for their patience in waiting as well.
To start this review, let me go into the first impressions I had, and initially, I was on the edge of my seat. The hook was terrific, it was one of the best action sequences I’ve read with a character as we have in our Main Character. We are then treated to one of the fun little callbacks to sci-fi nostalgia I ever read, and it made me happy.
Now, with that in mind let’s talk about a couple of critiques for “Lightwave: Clocker: Folding Space Series Book 1.0”. In the category of “Story Structure, Foundation, and Presentation” we are taking from the Presentation category to begin, and for the first time, I’m going to say something about a book title. I’m not sure given the book title that this is the best representation for this book. This book was a lot of fun but had a lot of emotions in it, and the title is a mouth full. Now, this is just my opinion, and it’s a subjective one at that based on how I feel, but I honestly believe in my heart even though the title has elements of the story, that the main point of the story is not encapsulated in this title. I usually never say a word about a book title, so I hope you all can forgive me and understand where I am coming from.
Next, under the “Whole Story” critique, this is one of the first times I am going to critique this, but I feel that some of the beginning of the conflict was missed in this story. I didn’t understand what was going on for a while with the captain and his team. I felt that more of an understanding of how they were or behaved or any added glimpse into the motivations and characters involved before the chef appearing on deck, I think that would have solidified the story better and made it a whole story. I am however happy to say that this is not one of those books where I tell you guys that the ending did not wrap up the entire story, and I’ll get more into this later in the review.
Lastly, under “Story Structure, Foundation, and Presentation,” the only nitpick I have is that this is a traditional paperback format, not a more preferred Kindle format which has spaces between the paragraphs on default. I have given this critique often, but I say it because of the lack of space on a Kindle at least, can cause eye strain, especially when you read as often as I do.
With all of that in mind, let’s go into what was terrific about “Lightwave: Clocker: Folding Space Series Book 1.0”, and to start under the “Lost in Translation” category, I’m so happy to report this book didn’t need further research. Sometimes for Sci-Fi, you have novels with complicated scientific elements to them that are so beyond understanding or general math appreciation, you have to research to see if it’s probable. Not with this book, and that’s not to say it’s dumbed down science either. The good thing in this story is that science is done in a way that makes sense and is logical. Take the allergic reaction issues that are presented in the story. Those are grounded in well known scientific facts so that the reader can become easily aware of the item, understanding it, and accepting of the outcome. Take the clocking issue, also grounded in relatable general principals and I had no problem following.
Next, under what I like and the scoring category of “Whole Story,” I’m happy to report the ending was lovely. This was a realistic ending, it wrapped up the main threads of the story, and we have a classic troped tale like a stand-alone, only one that can quickly adapt to sequels. I enjoyed that. I love the stand-alone format with a series because it is easy to go back and forth between the books and enjoy the elements of them. Also, the way the story had its climax and story ending in a staggered way made it very enjoyable to have the tension release with the characters at the end.
Next, under my category of “Cliche Much,” I am happy to report that the chef character was not cliche, and I had no issues with any of the romantic elements either. This was a well-done story, and anything that could have become a cliche’ lazy writing trope, was not done so. The chef character specifically is a total darling. A character like hers could so very quickly have become a cliche, one note and unimportant. Instead, the way she was written and used and written as a secondary character was brilliant. I enjoyed her back story and the acceptance of the people around her with who she is and what she wanted to accomplish. I enjoyed that she is a darling character that has her place in literature. I would love to see her star in her book sequel, she’d be great. I believe that she deserves a lot of praise and possibly her series “Cooking in the Cosmos” if I named things. Though I do not name things, so this is entirely my opinion.
Lastly, under the “Story Structure, Foundation and Presentation” portion of the scoring, I am going with Foundation, and I enjoyed the main character and her specific understanding of Sci-fi. I felt this could have bordered a cliche with the nostalgia in it, but it didn’t so it gets two extra scoops of positive scoring here. Not only was she brilliant but quirky, she was well balanced. Additionally, the entire story she’s a part of the fun, and I thought that the serious and dangerous elements were done well.
Overall, I enjoyed this story. I think if you liked the infamous “Firefly” series, or even “Guardians of the Galaxy,” you would like this novel. There are so many delightful elements to it, and it’s a lot of fun.
With everything taken into consideration, I’m giving “Lightwave: Clocker: Folding Space Series Book 1.0” a score of 82/100 which is a four-star review on Goodreads and Amazon! Get this for someone special in your life who loves sci-fi, food, and nostalgia. Until tomorrow my friends, have a great day.
It took me a while to truly understand the concepts of “folding”, and I’m still not certain I completely understand the conflict between all of the parties, but the characters are likeable, although still a bit mysterious. The Good: great detail and worldbuilding; language changes and vocabulary made the world rich enough to be different, but not so much so that the world became sterile or too hard to follow. The ??? I wanted to know more backstory on the characters to better understand their motivations. And I could have used maybe a prologue of some sort that helped me fully understand the physics of folding.
The best part: Book 2 is already out so I can scurry off to find out if the characters live up to the promises made in Book 1. If you’re a pure sci-fi reader I have no doubt that you will find this book highly entertaining. For me, this is one of the rare occasions where I wish I had a movie to visually help me understand the concept of “folding” - because I, for one, would like to give it a try. The clock is ticking...
And plans. And prepares. And prepares. And plans. By page 7 I was thinking ... okay enough preparation, when does the plot move forward?
By chapter 2 she was still planning and preparing.
A story doesn't work very well if somebody is being hunted and takes 94 chapters to figure out what to do about it.
Then we come to the most annoying gimmick of the book: "The Guide(TM)" WTF? That TM thing is annoying enough in real life. But it was put into the book fifteen zillion times. I guess we're supposed to be falling over in admiration that the author could be so incredibly clever as to THINK of that! How different! How unique! How SUPERIOR!
On and on it goes. The story is incidental to the political intent of the book: look how wonderful this formerly deviant character is!
I was there for the story which never wanted to materialize. Lose the agenda. Tell a story instead. We were saturated with the agenda being rammed down our thoats by 1995. In 2020 it's only 25 years worse.
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And of course if FTL travel is possible then intergalactic organised crime becomes possible. What happens then?
Does AI technology work for the benefit of all, or just the AIs?
A well written story with just a few odd things which need explaining (why are a team of medics just wandering in space going nowhere in particular?) but leaving me wondering what happens next.
The luxury starship LightWave is carrying an assortment of passengers on what seems to be a routine voyage. Among them are a music scholar, some doctors, an opera singer, an engineer and a pair of professional bodyguards. But on this trip, nothing is what it seems , including the crew and even the ship itself. Everyone has secrets, and some have a price on their heads. The only question is just who is stalking who and why.
The story follows the parallel stories of two characters on the ship – Saree, the supposed scholar who is actually a ‘clocker’ with a unique talent vital in the interstellar trade, and troubled ship captain Ruhger, a mercenary on the run from powerful enemies. Both are hunted and with every reason to keep their secrets, so the instant attraction between them is more than a little inconvenient.
The worldbuilding is neatly done, with a whole galaxy sketched in well enough to provide a good backdrop without resorting to plot-slowing information dumps. This is the first in the series, so Scott has a lot of ground to cover, but does it without straining. Characters are as solid as they need to be, from the petulant, glamorous ship’s cook to the passengers who range from aristocratic to downright alien.
This is not an outright action adventure or murder mystery; much of the focus is on Saree’s emotional life, her history and her uncertain relationship with Ruhger (who is, among other things, drop-dead gorgeous and extremely athletic). We also learn a lot about her eating habits and exercise regime, and she has frequent heart-to-hearts with her AI sidekick, the ominously-named Hal. It’s not all romance though, as there is also a strain of hard science from the challenges of atomic clock synchronisation to nickel allergy.
Lightwave Clocker is an easy read and a good introduction to the Folded Space series.
fun plot...entirely predictable budding romance...ho hum...but some twists, some surprises in a fairly simple space adventure story...reminded me of jo clayton’s diadem series, and her books about skeen, as well as lee’s and miller’s korval books...less intricate than those authors’ works, but with some of their speed and pacing...i will get the next one in the sequence...promises good fun...
A must read for lovers of r