The Telepathy Office (Tales of Industrial Magic) Paperback – March 14, 2020
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Myriad characters with well-defined traits made this an enchanting read. I adored the clever use of chess pieces as weight measures. The plot moved forward at a nice pace, never bogging down. Keith Gell's humorous wit was refreshing, reminiscent of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett. I recommend this book to lovers of fantasy fiction!
- Publisher : Goblin Tales (March 14, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 257 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1916030203
- ISBN-13 : 978-1916030206
- Item Weight : 10.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.58 x 8.5 inches
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I thought the story was well-written for a first-time author. The characters had decent conflict amongst each other and the world around them. The plot may have been a little confusing, but the characters figured it out.
I would recommend this novel to those new to the fantasy genre.
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The main character, commands fear and respect wherever he goes, but at his root, he is a benevolent wizard, not adverse to turning a blind eye in order to get to the deeper truth. What follows is a seamless tale which introduces characters from all the races in the author’s imaginatively crafted world. The only race missing is humans, (Not a bad thing for any world in this reader’s opinion).
Random occurrences, subtle suggestions and a couple of frauds all appear unrelated at first but as the writer continues to pull us along with each page, all the acts are woven together to reveal the final plot.
I particularly like the writer’s ability to feed the reader information which will become pertinent at a later stage. In many ways, as you read, your own knowledge of magic and the relationships which connect magic with people and their possessions increases page by page. Additionally all the principles of Magic usage, and certain laws concerning fraternisation are all explained neatly.
The characters are all well written and most endear themselves to the reader instantly. The villains are obvious … or are they. Some villains have a lighter side, and redemption is sometimes on the table.
The application of the magic as it is cast, is simplistic, but each spell is named and gives sense to the resultant effect. Without a lengthy explanation, the caster’s all appear well practised and proficient. I found this approach to be very refreshing, as I found myself less concerned with the spell and more concerned with what the spell did.
All too quickly the ending came, and I find myself waiting for a sequel. ( I really need to stop reading book 1’s until more of a series is available). There are plenty of characters I hope to see again, and surely this is the mark of a good book. When you reach the end and wish there was more, but there isn’t and the wait … Sets in.
However, I did find the narrative leaped about a bit at the beginning introducing a large number of characters but not spending enough time to get to know and sympathise with them. The somewhat distant 3rd person POV didn't help. But the novelty of the world building and the plot kept me interested. Towards the last third we spend more time with a smaller cast which helped.
My personal preference would have been for a slightly less pared back style of narrative and a little more description, but others may prefer the author's style.