- File Size: 3822 KB
- Print Length: 71 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Maysun In C; 1 edition (October 16, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 16, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MF8P22Y
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,913,189 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Sunshine Time - Season 1 Episode 1: YA Romance Serial Novel (The Sunshine Time Serial) Kindle Edition
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Panse continues: “Each episode will be published on a fortnightly schedule (that is, every two weeks). At present, 30 episodes are planned for Season 1.”
I must admit that The Sunshine Time, S1, E1 was my first YA novel (or is it a novella at seventy-one pages?) as well as my first novel in a continuing series which deems its subsequent installments “episodes” over a “Season.”
But once I got over the disorientation of mixing terminology from multimedia into fiction writing, I found myself enjoying the clearly talented, funny Lea, who seems incapable of keeping a thought cobbled in her mind there to stay, but rather blurts it all out, unchecked. This is both an endearing and an exasperating quality of young girls-growing-into-women (at least it was for both my daughters).
As this is our first introduction to Lea, with her growth (or not) ahead in the next twenty-nine “episodes,” I must reserve any criticism save for one point: her youth and immaturity is at no time more evident than her tumbling on sight for a “handsome and taciturn Mitrione officer” she meets on a train, notwithstanding the fact that she has an oblivious boyfriend. Lea struck me as high-strung, and in-love-with-love (perhaps?)–not that either of these things is atypical to young women who most certainly are waiting with rapt anticipation for S1, E2.
Many brownie points: A DOG AS A CENTRAL CHARACTER!! I LOVE THAT!
NOTE: As a writer myself, I love the formal commitment Panse has set out to produce another “episode” every two weeks. What a terrific way to hold oneself accountable to one’s writing, and kick creativity into gear!
I have every expectation that young girls of Lea’s age will see themselves in her, and for artfully capturing that, KUDOS to Panse!
Having just become engaged to her long-time boyfriend, I found Lea's interest in the officer to be fickle and immature. Over the course of the story she flips back and forth between being catty and irritated to being so taken by him that she babbles on and on and becomes somewhat annoying. While there is background given on why her feelings are so conflicted, she flips back and forth so often that I found her hard to get attached to as a reader.
The author does a good job of setting up background information and giving depth to her characters through flashbacks; but it isn't always immediately obvious whether a scene is in the past or the present. So many characters are introduced early on that I became confused and had to read over several times.
The authors is descriptive and creates pleasant imagery but it is hindered by the fact that there are several run on sentences early on. Simplifying the structure early on in the novel would make things much easier for the reader.
The Sunshine Time - Season/Episode 1, is the first volume in a veritable soap opera of 30 ongoing novellas following the life of our young protagonist Lea in a fantasy world where some dark dystopic shadows fall over the land. The hand drawn cover is eye-catching and attractive and the wonderful colours and sweet naivety of it seems to summarise the mindset of the protagonist within.
Lea's parents have to move to a new city when her mother stands up for her rights against the authorities and Lea takes the train to join them and to her new art college. She travels first class because she has a little dog with her and dogs are not allowed in second-class carriages. However, the military also travel first class and Lea begins a desperate crush on a handsome Lieutenant, who also happens to be part of the Mitrione, the elite forces of the oppressive tyranny ruling the place. But from the heart flutters and looks on both sides, I would make it a very safe bet that we will see much more of the handsome Arlen Shaughnessy
“Please don’t,” he said. “Not only do I dislike small talk, it will also prevent you from being as quiet as a mouse.”
The writing is good and the sense of menace held back by people living everyday life is striking. Each of the characters is very believable and well rounded. The pace is slow, but then sitting on a train for most of the book that is inevitable. My only issue was really with the way Lea is presented. She comes over as an incredibly immature individual. At times her chatter made me think more of an eight-year-old than an eighteen-year-old, for all we learn she has a boyfriend and is very familiar with handling the dangers inherent in the present political set up. I also struggled with quite how much leeway with her endless banal waffle Lea was permitted to get away with by her military co-travellers, even allowing for the fact that the handsome Lieutenant clearly fancied her.
'When you buy this book or ebook, you buy a license to read it for your personal enjoyment only. It is not to be resold or given away. Please consider buying additional copies if you would like to share it with other people.'
What really irritated me, though, was this disclaimer at the front. Speaking as one who has shared second-hand books with my friends for many years, to be told I should not do so with this one was quite offensive. It seemed to imply lending a book to a friend is tantamount to piracy! Personally, I believe you are going to generate a readership more by allowing people to share your books with others. I hope the author will consider removing this from her books.
That said, I think the story was delightful and 'feel-good' despite its dystopian setting. It manages to encapsulate the resilience and optimism of youth against the cynicism and bleakness of reality. if you enjoy coming of age type books and like fantasy with dystopian overtones, this is a unique blend of both which I would recommend you take the time to check out.
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Lea is interesting. I'm not quite sure I liked her but I'm not quite sure I didn't either.Read more
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