- File Size: 210 KB
- Print Length: 103 pages
- Publication Date: March 18, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007M5U3LW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,020,684 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Strangeville Part 1 Kindle Edition
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Strangeville is a good story that keeps you wanting to know more. The characters are strange enough to be interesting without being too over the top, and the situation is a Twilight Zone'ish type of trip that any of us could find ourselves in.
I look forward to more and I hope, at the end of this excercise, the author shares with us his motivation for taking the story in the direction that he takes it. It really is like a social experiment, and I hope readers do get involved and pass along their ideas that will develop the story.
I'll follow it with interest and look forward to the next installment.
Good work Mr Tingle, and congratulations on stepping out and trying something different!
I wouldn't call this a dark comedy, nor would I say that this is a particularly unique kind of story as the description would have you believe. Yes, the man begins out suicidal and it is a bit funny in the beginning but that tapers out pretty quickly.
Pretty much the story is that this man, John Campbell, finds himself lost in the town of Strangeville. Strangeville is a town isolated from the rest of the world and the mayor of the town (who controls everything) wants to keep it that way. The people in town have never even heard of a cell phone before...their phones only connect with Strangeville numbers and they have their own radio station. It's also a town that seems completely stuck in the past (hence the no cell phones thing) with no influence from modern society.
I'd tell you more but because this book is so short (98 pages), I feel like I can't really go into the plot at all without actually spoiling the book.
So...why did I only give this book 3 stars when I did in fact enjoy this book?
It's not complete. I feel bad saying this but I really feel like the only reason this story is a series is because the author wanted to make a few extra bucks. I honestly cannot think of any other reason this story needs to be split up like this and here's why:
1. At 98 pages this is NOT a long book. Typically books in a series are long enough books individually that it makes sense to split it up. Think of the Harry Potter books...how gigantic would that book be if every book had been crammed into one giant one?
2. There ARE shorter books that are also split into series but those books make sense to end where they end. This did not. It doesn't leave you with a nice cliffhanger like other series books...this one just kind of ends. It's one of those where you turn the page fully expecting to continue reading only to see a note telling you to go get the next book and then you think...next book? This one is over already? There's a second book (I didn't notice this was only part 1)? I mean it's not like the author cut off in the middle of a sentence or anything but it was a rather impromptu ending.
3. I haven't bought the 2nd book yet but reading reviews the second book is only 58 pages and it's $3. Because of the way this book ended I really can't imagine any reason the second book couldn't have just been put together with this one. It woud be a 156 page book...hardly unreasonable...in fact, I'd still consider it a rather quick read. Also...there's a part three apparently that will come in 2013. A 58 page book and then another one to follow? I really cannot come to any other conclusion other than it'll make more money this way.
4. The second book doesn't even have a different cover than the first one which makes me wonder whether this book was originally intended to be a series.
So did I enjoy this book? Yes. Was it as amazing as the description made it sound? Not quite...but it was good enough. I just can't give a higher rating than 3 stars because this really isn't a complete book...it's pretty much just a teaser to get you to keep reading the ones that cost money. It's kind of a shame because I'd like to see how this book ends but not enough to pay $3 for 58 pages and then who knows how much for the rest of the book that I may or may not even be interested in by the time it's released. So if you do get this, just be aware that this is more of a teaser than the first book of a series.
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