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- Publisher: Impulse Books UK (October 1, 2013)
- Publication Date: October 1, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FU5LSME
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Things that may drive you nuts:
1. Lack of punctuation – “Wait what?” Instead of “Wait, what?”
2. Wrong word – phased instead of fazed
3. Lack of hyphenation – This is ubiquitous throughout the book; sometimes not a problem but frequently slows the reading as your mind adjusts and essentially hyphenates the text, which really is something we’re paying the author to do. If this sounds like a trivial complaint, read it. This is not a Brit thing, because plenty of Brit authors do hyphenate. Examples:
- pizza eating beer swilling grunts, instead of: pizza-eating, beer-swilling grunts
- hundred count magazine, instead of: hundred-count magazine
4. Interminable explanations – he thinks you always want to know the tiniest details about everything. For example, vipers are fighting for their lives and you get a digression on tritium and its importance, maybe even how it is made or history of its use, which just provokes you to scroll forward to get back to the action. He does this a LOT. And I scrolled, a lot. And the further I got into the series, the more I scrolled. The explanatory text really interferes with narrative development.
5. Timelines are screwy – there are plenty of sequences where you’ll scratch your head over the timeline. And I’m not talking relativistic time dilation. Just shrug and keep reading; you know, willing suspension.
These are failures of editing at a basic level. It is amazing how well the book works in spite of such errors, which occur on virtually every page. As I read more self-published Kindle fiction, I’m realizing that a common thread runs through the works, and I don’t mean just the lack of an editor. These works tend to be at their strongest on the imaginative level, at their worst with dialogue, characterizations, pacing and timelines. And the more sophisticated the dialogue needs to be (e.g., President of the Human Alliance talking to representatives of a newly-discovered sentient race), the weaker it is. In other words, too much effort is spent in the wrong places to produce a really good book. Some of Cooper's people are really wooden, some are not. The ones he spends time with (and cares about) fare the best.
And the Merki series suffers from all this. On the other hand, the story is interesting, his universe hangs together pretty well, and the characters (though not that well developed by any reasonable literary standard) are far better fleshed out than in a lot of space opera. The series is good enough that I will buy the remaining volumes when they come out, if I remember. I want to see how the author wraps it up. He has waited until pretty late in the series to launch a major new Merki attack, which apparently will come in the 5th book. What’s the author’s plan? Where is this going?
The books also ignore some things that would be titanic obstacles in real life. For example, humans quickly learn to translate, understand and then speak the language of the catlike Shan. And only months after first contact, they are part of the Human Alliance. Alien microbes? No problem, ‘cuz every human has a suite of nanobots injected during infancy to take care of anything imaginable from then on; pretty inventive. Hey, there can’t possibly be any Andromeda Strain or whatever that the bots can’t handle, right? How about a pathogen that is nothing like a microbe or virus? As long as the author was inventing all this, why not invent a method of FTL communications? Every time humans need to send a message or distress call, they have to launch a drone that (if it gets through) can take months to get to anyone who can do anything about it; with more months for help or response. Except when timelines get screwy; then help seems to come right away even though it took months for the message to be properly delivered.
Let’s see, what else? I guess just the stuff that doesn’t make sense. As an example, when the Shan are encountered, they attack and damage a human ship, which though faster wasn’t fast enough to avoid serious damage before (barely) making an FTL getaway. But dig – human ships can make micro jumps in a solar system, which would have put them far out of danger. So why not do it like that? Why the pulse-pounding action to see if the human ship survives and gets away from the Shan before making the FTL jump? Oops, sorry, figured it out.
I give the series so far as a whole – no book in the series being really any better than any others so far – four stars. I can’t give it the three-and-a-half I’d like, and I’m not willing to go down to three stars.
The first book felt like the author's early work. The writing style is inconsistent, and there were parts of it that jarred me from immersion in the story. Book two rectified a lot of my initial complaints about the writing style, I feel as if book two got a better editor to help craft a fine novel. By book three, the writing style was inconsistent, as if the author had some good ideas in some areas, but was tired of writing about things in other areas.
One issue I have with the books is the deeper than necessary backstories or establishing stories in books one and two for some of the characters. This was part of my issue with Ann Rice as well, too much backstory took away from the main plotline. Mark is guilty of this in places, but is equally guilty of the exact opposite in other places. Again, inconsistencies in writing.
But even with all that negative, the second and third books were real page turners. The world building (one of the biggest consistencies of the series and the author) is great. The universe feels real. The worlds, the characters,the things they interact with all feel established and substantial. The action can be heart pounding at times. The sense of danger is prevalent throughout. I had a hard time putting this series down again and again, and was sad when I finished the third book.
One of the things I love about this universe is it has a slight feel of Star Wars (which I'm a huge fan of the old EU stories) in that the different planets are all unique, the governments, cultures and people are different and make sense in context. It doesn't get bogged down by the Council (aka Galactic Senate) and politics, the story uses these as they should - plot devices to move the story forward when and where needed.
I was engrossed and invested in the story throughout, and have already picked up the next book in the series. Would I recommend this series? Absolutely, it's been a long time since a story and a universe has so thoroughly gripped me. Are there issues with the the story and the writing? Yep, definitely, but if you can ignore them and read through them the story and experience is worth it. Would I read other stories from the author? Maybe. The inconsistent writing throughout the three books has me hesitant to try his other works, but Mark E. Cooper at the very least knows how to tell a good and entertaining story. If he can do that with other series, then I'd give them a shot.
Also, by book 3 or 4 in a series, I get tired of reading the same descriptive phrases each time a character does a repetitive action. They opened their senor display, increased range, filtered out irrelevant stuff, checked their weapons, checked visual, checked hearing, etc., targeted the enemy, etc., etc., and finally shot it.