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Remanence (Confluence Book 2) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B01CVBZWUI
- Publisher : Blue Bedlam Science Fiction; 1st edition (March 11, 2016)
- Publication date : March 11, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 4185 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 452 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #143,887 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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Alan was written so green
With dialog so profane and mean
At every point in the plot
an f-bomb he drops
Making readers assume he's thirteen.
It's hard to exceed my profanity quota - I'm a military brat, and Diehard is one of my classic movies
- but Alan reminds me of when the writer belabors a thick Cockney accent, dropping 'haiches', or makes
the Southern character talk with a mouthful of corn-pone. It is narrative laziness, 'use harsh language and
everyone will know it's Alan', and uncalled for - the cha is not even a
sailor, a longshoreman, nor any profession where harsh language would be normal.
But a NASA engineer? (Insert Kurt Russell's comment when he sees the Thing for the first time).
Unless Alan's supposed to be development-arrested, in which case, the main character Jane should run,
not walk, away from him.
Doubt the author cares what a minority of readers think - her works are selling, why should she? To quote
Jack M. Bickham "I have seldom succeeded in convincing (newbie writers) that dirty talk often looks dirtier
on the page than it actually is. I have tried to convince them that strong words...should be saved for story
situations where a strong word is needed to convey strong emotion."
I wouldn't trouble to point this out, if I didn't believe this author has a lot of heart, and, on the whole,
enjoyable stories. I want her to succeed. If it means writing Mr. Yuck-mouth to a dramatic, heroically tragic end,
I wouldn't mind.
Her anthropological details on xenological species and cultures is pretty amazingly well structured, with a very plausible framework which she keeps consistent and which she then respects and works within. I really hate when authors have loose and ambiguous frameworks, or who build reasonable and logical frameworks for a fictional universe and then break their own rules, and step out of the framework. This author builds a logical and consistent framework and then stays within it.
On the negative side, but some may find this a positive, the characters all have a lot of emotions about trivial things like their relationships to one another. I know that this is supposedly very important to people but the only thing that kicked me out of the moment was how I kept feeling like the events unfolding were too important and critical for people being immersed in those events to be worried about how other people felt about them...
The only thing that could make this better is if the stories didn't obsess so much about relationships between the various characters.
So, spoiler warning duly given, we now have a slimmed down crew of humans in charge of the vessel and lead character Jane Holloway having gone beyond her role as team linguist to have become the commander of the new vessel, with a mental bond with the tentacled creature that controls the vast spaceship.
That connection has given her a new mission - to take the ship back to the race that created it, a voyage to the stars with an undermanned vessel and unprepared for what comes next.
In the same vein as the book it follows, it's very much a fun adventure, but what's really nice about the book is that underneath the soaring opera are some really nice ideas about language, gender, cultural differences and the nature of communication itself with the alien navigator able to telepathically communicate with the crew - sometimes with a power so raw it can override their own motives. Throw in a frisson of romance and the occasional - sometimes awkward - sex scene and it's a real mix of light adventure and thoughtful exploration.
By the end, answers that were sought have been replaced by new questions, new alliances have been forged and new enemies discovered, and the mission has taken on a much broader goal.
Book 3 awaits.
Top reviews from other countries
...the author reminds me of Ben Bova who always seemed to feel a need to make the situation get worse and worse until it was so bad the reader could only feel depressed and almost give up. Then finally it would all turn out all right in the last few pages for the required happy ending.
So now I am in a quandary. Do I buy the next book or not? Can I bear yet another build-up of misery in order to reach the finale? I am not sure.
Great blend of proper 'sciencey' Science fiction & a fast paced, imaginative story line.
I'm looking forward to reading the next installment.