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It was so different yet it reminded me of Firefly and Farscape, two of my favorite science fiction TV series. I'm looking forward to the sequel.
Second, I read the back and learned it was Steampunk meets Civil War meets Zombies.
Third, thumbing through it, I learned there were Pirates, Circus folk, Apocalyptic themes and....wait...B-Movie type LIZARDS!
*Money then magically appeared in my hand and it was mine.*
In The Park Four-Bagger! Yes, C.J Spencer is kinda like Han Solo, but, remember, I said there were Pirates—so this is to be expected. And did I mention the LIZARDS! Ok, yea, I didn't see that coming. The Circus parts were nice and I'm a fan of Bad Guys being explored because they're often easily overlooked. I enjoyed the Giant Walking Ship more than the actual Air Ships.
Personal NOTE: Upon discovering Mr. Bett's term for Zombies (Chewers) I remember laughing and smiling. I came to a somewhat similar thought early into the Walking Dead Craze when seeing Zombies on TV and realizing how "Chewy" they looked. So, it's always fun to know you're not alone in the dark. :)
Humble Opinion—There might've been better use of dialogue, character direction; some scenes might've been more flushed out, slowed down or sped up to improve flow and I think the History could've been used to better advantage, but all-in-all, this being his first time out, I say WELL DONE! And when can I read the next one?
As others note, the novel is a hodgepodge mix of genre elements from apocalyptic to alt history, to steampunk, to B movie monster movies, and on and on. What makes this work is that Betts keeps the same tone throughout and above all the same style. Despite many elements, the book at heart is a simple adventure story, full of action and crisp writing. The story, and its execution are just simply fun.
What disappointed me about the novel was firstly that it is too short. Some portions seem rushed, with action taking place off-screen that I would've been curious to 'see'. Betts could have also used some more room to get in better characterization (without losing the story's pace and pulse). At the end of this I have a vague sense of who the characters were - as in their 'role' to the story. Their identities, however... What really makes them tick and unique... not so much. In addition their interactions - particularly in the romance aspect - is predictable, cliched, and thus kind of lifeless. Obviously though, these sorts of issues aren't what's at the forefront of a book like this, so while I could imagine it being better, these disappointments didn't seriously detract from the entertainment at its core.
Despite how much I enjoyed it, this isn't the type of book I'd normally first go to and pick up cold without knowing the author or trusted reviews. I had entered a previous giveaway from the publisher, Raw Dog Screaming Press, a title I actually was more interested in from the blurb. Failed to win that, but at the time I had looked into the publisher and their entire independent catalog I was intrigued. When I saw this from the same publisher I signed up more to see one of their titles moreso than this particular novel. I'll gladly seek out future works by Betts though, hoping they'll keep the fun and magic with improvements to boot.
I could never afford to get lots of their releases, (being independent small press, they aren't likely to be easy to find second hand) but I would also be willing now to try ones at full price that did look good. Normally I wouldn't comment on price and construction like this, but this book is also one of the sturdiest and nicest paperbacks (trade) that I've had, and for once I'd consider the full price of a trade paperback to be worth it. I carry books around all the time, on the bus reading to work, etc, and usually they become bent, scarred, creased, despite my best attempts at keeping them pristine. This kept its corners rigid, had no easy creasing, etc. I was so impressed I thought I should say something.
It should be easy to tell if you like this kind of book: the genres, the easy reading, etc. If you do, definitely try getting ahold of a copy. Then watch some MST3K, you'll be in the mood assuredly.
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