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One Bright Day: in the Middle of the Night Paperback – June 15, 2011
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About the Author
Gary Aumaugher lives and writes in Knoxville, Tennessee, along with the love of his life and two mutts. When not writing he performs research in the use of renewable energy and power distribution efficiency. All reader feedback is welcome. Contact him at email@example.com.
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This book is weird...really weird. Then it gets weirder. And just when you think it can't get any weirder...guess what...it gets weirder. The human race is in danger of total annihilation. By whom you ask? Terrorists, natural disasters, rogue asteroids? Nope...the human race is facing total annihilation by...Women (though I could have told you that). But not just any women; these are genetically different, mind reading women who can only give birth to other genetically different mind reading women (with other interesting attributes I can't tell you with out giving up vital plot points). In the middle of all of this weirdness the author also manages to jam in social commentary on every prejudice you can think of. Racism, feminism, sexism, homophobia, patriotism, nationalism, and the treatment of Native Americans and Japanese Americans in the Reservation system and Internment camps is all stuffed into this book.
However, the truly weirdest thing of all was....that it works. This book is great...really great. Then it gets better. And just when you think it can't get any better...guess what...it gets better. I could not put this book down. This book was well written, well thought out, and very creative. It was emotionally charged and hits hard on every day issues. The political and public reactions are accurate and well written. The story is both mature and fun at the same time and even has a little spy intrigue thrown in for good measure. The best part is that the author has a good understanding of the human condition and the ever present social commentary, though correct in my personal opinion, is not forced and is allowed to be a natural by product of the story.
Overall it was a great read and I look forward to the weirdness that Mr. Aumaugher can come up with next.
I read a lot of science fiction and I found the premise to be unique and well-developed. I found the first section to be well-written and a good set-up, but the second section sure could have used a better understanding of the 1930's. The rest of the book was an accelerating thrill ride. On the negative side, I could have done with a LOT more character development. I cared about the characters, but didn't always have a good sense of who they were and how their personalities were different. I wanted their voices to be more distinct. I found myself getting worried about what would happen next and kind of mad at Mr. Aumaugher for putting them in such a horrible set of predicaments. And I wanted to find out WHAT HAPPENS NEXT! You can't buy that ability to suck the reader in. I finished the book off in a rush and wanted more immediately. I think that the author could have quite a fine little series, if he would only take a little more time telling us about the characters and some of their day-to-day experiences. I hope there will be a bunch of sequels.
I don't normally read science fiction, but I really enjoyed reading the book, and I look forward to the sequel!
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