- File Size: 443 KB
- Print Length: 135 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Christopher Salch; 4 edition (July 25, 2011)
- Publication Date: July 25, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005GBEHG6
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,746,420 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Book Info: Genre: Horror Reading Level: Adult Read: from 5/19-5/20/12
Disclosure: I picked up a free ebook version on Amazon back in January; recently the author contacted me to offer me a copy in exchange for an honest review. Since I already had it, I said I'd be happy to provide feedback.
Synopsis: "There is a somewhere in the middle of nowhere that is everywhere at the same time. In that place, time is a fluid that flows around you, and the very fabric of reality seems to twist and stretch," said the old man with a sly grin on his face. There was a glint in his eye that all talented storytellers have when they are reciting some particularly enticing bit. From the way he spoke, you would wonder if he drank one too many and followed it with the worm. Of course, the fact that this particular conversation happened to be taking place in a retirement home, without an ounce of liquor in sight would, normally, seem to preclude that possibility.
"I've been there once myself. Years and years ago when I was a much younger man. Of course, nowadays I doubt you could find it again. It may be impossible to get there with all this newfangled technology around, Mapping every last inch of the world so that everything has a name to it," he spat out the last words with a disgusted grimace, "Of course, that's the way things have to be. If we didn't explore every last inch of our planet, we would be a dead race. That's the thing, you see. We have to keep moving out farther and farther to stay alive, but we destroy the mystery when we do. Curiosity doesn't always kill the cat. Sometimes . . . sometimes it doesn't kill anyone. Sometimes, it just closes the door and walks away."
My Thoughts: The author tells me the book has been re-edited and provided to Amazon to update; although I downloaded a fresh copy right before reading it, I don't think I received the re-edited copy, as there are a number of typos and grammatical errors in the text I have. It's not a problem for me, but please make sure you have the latest edition of this book. Additional note: With the changes made during the editing process, the book is much cleaner and reads much more smoothly. Please ensure you have the latest edition, which will hopefully be released soon.
That said, the synopsis is actually the first two paragraphs of the story. The basic idea is that there are powers that control the world, and you can reach them by the path mentioned by the old man. Most of the story is The Nameless, who controls The Book, trying to understand his power and survive, basically. It's an interesting idea, and it's obvious that the writer has some talent and ability, but the story itself needs a great deal of polish. I ran across at least one major plot hole, which I can't mention or I'll add a major spoiler to the story here. The characters had a certain level of development, but it ended at the point where their position in the story was set - the interviewer, the old man, the nurse (Melanie), Jack the drunk. Then there was The Nameless and Tabitha. At any rate, it's not a bad story - it's highly entertaining while one is reading it. That said, fans of horror should find it entertaining.
The author uses a non-linear approach, setting the story in the present day and using flashbacks to fill us in on past developments (think Interview with the Vampire). While often not my favorite technique, it works well enough here. There are plenty of interesting concepts explored and there are several plot surprises. I've read plenty of stories by published authors that couldn't come up with a single unpredictable plot point, so kudos to the author.
Though the story is self-contained, it may leave you wanting more. Overall, the story reads like the pilot to a longer series. It really could be Book 1 of a much longer story. Anyway, at around 50,000 words, you can easily finish this in a single evening--which is a a perfect use for your Kindle.