- File Size: 985 KB
- Print Length: 43 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1500204633
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Insomn Studios (June 15, 2014)
- Publication Date: June 15, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00L1R3Q6G
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,477,603 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Population of Loss: Four Tales of the Martian War (Martian War Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This book reads like a collection of short stories centered around the theme of the Martian invasion of the Earth as read in War of the Worlds. I explained it to my wife as a mash-up of classical sci-fi/fantasy stories that greatly focus on the human experience rather than the fantastical events. It's sort of like getting into the head of one of the supporting characters of a classical sci-fi/fantasy novel and venturing off into a side story. I think the author did a very good job of tying together seemingly disparate stories, with a dash of Judeo-Christian lore, into a common world as if this were a possible alternate reality.
First, the writing is pitch-perfect. Careful attention seems to have been payed to the tone of each story. I grew up reading a good deal of the "new romancers" and Victorian adventure fiction, and so I felt immediately at home in this book. But Population of Loss also seems to improve on that style, in that it isn't overly prosy, long-winded, or moralistic.
Population of Loss includes four stories, all of which are short (I was able to finish the book over a couple of lunch-hour reading sessions), but none of which feels like it is shorter than it needs to be. That isn't an easy thing to pull off when it comes to short stories. The descriptions of supernatural phenomena are rich and vivid.
The illustrations for this book were solid, but my ability to enjoy them was somewhat hampered by the small size in which my Kindle Paperwhite displays them. Hopefully, in future Kindle versions, the images can be sized to an aspect ratio of 9:11 (which I recently learned automatically displays with maximum screen coverage on a Kindle).
That's a very small complaint, though. There's nothing I didn't enjoy about this book. In fact, I am cautiously prepared to say it's been my favorite Ascension Epoch offering so far. I'm really looking forward to more Martian War Chronicles!
I struggle to put into words what I mean when I say "I love the language", because enjoyment of this nature is something that I feel, but can't quite pinpoint define. Word choice and sentence structure is expertly devised and had me captured in the story. Written elegantly, the words flow into each other and smoothly paint a narrative leaving your mind free to imagine and picture and less to wonder what the author was trying to say. This is one of the most crucial aspects to reading fantasy, and it is nailed expertly.
The stories, 4 of them, are perfect representations of what I desire when reading sci fi/fantasy:
Courage and determination of mortal heroes in "In Hoc Signo"
Wonderment when pondering on the fey and their place in historical mythos in "The Lost Boy"
The visceral pleasure of justice in "The Devil to Pay"
Intrigue at conspiracy and greater power in "The Lights Go Out"
We are given an introduction to heroes that I very much look forward to reading more on, and enough attachment to "real world" ideas and concepts that it creates the very necessary illusion of realism that fiction so desperately needs to be great.
To finish off what this book means to me, I will say it invokes genuinity. From the writing to the imagery, all of it is hand made to deliver to the reader something they feel is important.
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