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The Raft, The River, and The Robot Paperback – September 28, 2012
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With that said, Triple R is to me, almost a non-story. There's some good writing and imagery but the story never seems to actually go anywhere. I couldn't find any real point to it. I kept thinking we would eventually get to what the story was all about and then I was at the end wondering if I had missed the whole thing somewhere along the line.
I believe totally in this author and will continue to check out eagerly everything he writes. I just could not recommend Triple R to anyone.
That having been said, I really enjoyed this story as well. I agree with Tegid and shirefolk. There is a lot of thinking you can do while you read this book and it did seem a little fast and abrubt at the end. There were questions left unanswered, at least directly. I found as I thought about it, though, that I could probably guess at the answers to many of them by what had been said during the story. Regardless, the end did sneak up on me and I think it left the door open for a sequel but it could be fine by itself also.
From the beginning I had questions, the book is set in the future so what it is like then and how it is different were questions that hovered over the whole story. The questions were answered very well and at a good pace. The characters were developed very well, especially HF. I was touched by the purposes he served on his exciting journey with the main character, a fourteen year old boy who, while on his quest to fulfill his father's dying wish, was looking for answers to many questions himself. Wondering who he is and what his place is in the large, lonely, frightening world he was brought up in, he is confronted with decisions that only he can make and choices with consequences either way. Along the way he questions the idea of a providence that seems to be working with him, preserving him through troubles and teaching him the value of a balance between fear and enjoying life.
He floats down the Mississippi on a raft just as Huck Finn had centuries before. The story shares some aspects of Twain's book but is deffinately original. Hiding from the sky and the packs, the journey is filled with suspense, action, and quiet musings floating lazily down a river under the dark night sky.
I deffinately recommend this book.
Thankyou L. B. Graham for another wonderful book.
The Raft, the River, and the Robot is highly imaginative and creative in its own right. I usually shy away from stories that start out with a post-apocalyptic vibe to them, but being a book by one of my favorite writers, I continued. The characters immediately grow on you, and the book is written in such a way that you can't put it down, an unequivocal page-turner. The world is desolate, but leaves little doubt that it is still inhabitable, so where are all the people? Graham does not answer this question in a predictable way, and I found it quite satisfying.
The adventure that follows the main character, Jim, is eventful and painful. L. B. Graham doesn't sugar-coat it for us, and I would be disappointed if he did. However, at the end of the story I felt wanting more. To me it felt rushed and abrupt. Perhaps, this is the feeling that the author wanted to evoke in the reader, and I have to accept it for what it is. A sequel would be much appreciated if the author feels so inclined.
Lastly there were a few grammatical/spelling errors that could have been fixed by more careful editing. In the future I would appreciate a more careful editing process like BOTB had.
All in all I thoroughly enjoyed R3, and would highly recommend it, for it is a piece of creativity that delights the senses and pulls at the heart strings not only to captivate the reader, but to make them confront questions for themselves, and be thankful for divine "Providence."
An interesting take on what the future may hold, which is not as typically post-apocalyptic as it first seems.