- File Size: 238 KB
- Print Length: 42 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: April 3, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00VO8J01M
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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New Sun Rising: Two Stories Kindle Edition
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What is presented in this little download is two stories based on a far future version of the United States as the Reunited States. While described as utopian I don't think that's entirely correct. The small town of Stillwater is fairly utopian in nature, yes, but it's a tiny jewel in a world that is much more dystopian.
The Town with Four Names is a historical introduction to Stillwater and it's little oddities. The story covers not quite 400 years of history in a hustle and a lot of it goes by in jumps between when the bulk of the town was purchased by one someone or another. It's interesting, but there are a few places where it drags a bit and many tantilizing tidbits about the world beyond Stillwater which are never really developed. This is appropriate due to the length of the piece and the pov, but left me wanting more. This is the stronger of the two pieces in my opinion with a consistent voice and introduction to the world view Edmunds is creating. 3.5/5
Leaving Home is a much more focused story surrounding Kedzie's coming of age, or at least coming to terms with a desire to leave her utopian life and go see what the big world holds for her. I struggled a lot more with this piece as far as being able to accept everything tossed my way. The yearning the girl has to get out and explore life outside of her very sheltered existence rang true, but a lot of the rules of the world, the expectations of the character and details of setting around this desire came fast and unsupported. Edmunds is juxtaposing a lot of issues and genre pieces all at once and in the space of a short story it comes across just a little disjointed. The pov is very fluid jumping from head to head as dictated by the scene and this makes for some roughness because the reader is trying to balance all of these people's thoughts and feelings and perceptions on things all at once. I think it would be stronger kept more limited. As well I would really like to see the story stop sooner. Where it stops is really the beginning of another story or a lead into a wider novelization so I was more annoyed than pleased at the stopping point. I might have felt different if I had the other stories written in this world to go forward to, but even so I feel like a short story should be self contained enough that I don't hit the last paragraph and end up annoyed because it's leading into something I don't get to read about. 2.5/5
So in the end where do I stand? I'm intrigued enough that I'll check out the next collection, but I'll be hoping for the narrative pace and point of view to even out so I can stay immersed in a unique world.
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