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Paradise Palms Paperback – May 10, 2013
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There is action, there is mystery, there is danger. And it all unfolds with some fantastic imagery. J.R does an excellent job creating a world that could slip onto the silver screen with ease. I was never pulled out of the story, quite the opposite. My nightly matra became "Just one more chapter then I have to sleep. There is work in the morning Bill. Only one more chapter." Every page left me wanting more.
I enjoyed the story, I enjoyed the characters and I enjoyed the ending. Highly recommend.
The story itself provides both a dry kind of humor (such as Sam's girlfriend actually answering to the name "Girlfriend" and the stereotype of two old men in the trailer park constantly finding each other hilarious while making jokes on everyone else's expense) and also it contains a story internally consistant.
A downside to the book is below average dialogue that both seems awkward (as in: noone would actually say some of the things being said) and even a bit too obvious at times.
Another problem is the excessive use of re-raps, specifically at the beginning of new chapters, where the point of view changes to that of another character. I really don't need to be reminded of what Sam was told by Myra when he refers their conversation to Girlfriend. A simple "then he told Girlfriend about his talk with Myra as best he could." Of course there could be circumstances in which new information need to be delivered this way, but in many cases in this book, it really isn't called for.
However, two things make this book a good read:
The story is well conceived and is built up with both a basic story line and several minor stories going on between the characters.
The characters are well described and the author has success in making them come alive. Sam is depicted as the complex type. Anyone seeing him for the first time would probably take him for a typical trailer park yahoo, but the reader knows from the very beginning he is not. His relationship with his now deceased father is clearly warm, but in a manly "boys don't cry" kind of way. Lin Pza Pza is likewise well depicted as the child genious trying to grow up and become independant. Of course, some of the minor characters aren't as round, but that just adds to the reading experience - this way it's much easier to get a quick understanding of who is important in the story and who just plays a smaller role in getting the story going.
Overall the story is more character driven than plot driven and the author does this well.
This means, that even with some editorial issues and a few typo's, I would recommend "Paradise Palms" to you, if you like the out of ordinary kind of Science Fiction and/or Murder Mystery.
Personally, there is a whole range of other books I've enjoyed more, but still... it's worth reading...