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From Thine Own Well: Canada After The Fracking Paperback – November 28, 2013
"... although I am not partial to epilogues generally, I think yours here is a terrific, although terrifying, finale to the story. This is a truly thought-provoking story that people need to read. I enjoyed the plot twists and the vivid description, the tension and moments of humour. All of it - very well done. Congratulations on this achievement. I have been thoroughly engrossed and entertained. It's been a pleasure!" Erin Potter, Shamrock Editing
"A sensitive topic, spiced up and delivered with insight and originality, as tense as it is thought-provoking" !"
Matt Kruze, Author of Crime Mysteries
"...the action scenes in particular are viscerally realistic -- I almost felt the various injuries myself!"
From the Author
A society that doesn't have potable water, and that cannot feed itself, is doomed to be beholden to, and controlled by, whomever it is that provides these necessities.
From Thine Own Well is a piece of fiction created by the fertile fields of my imagination, observations, fears, concerns and biases. It is an account of a Canadian society that evolved as a result of unregulated, unsupervised, irresponsible development. The difficulties began with the signing of international agreements that put Canadian taxpayers at risk. It is not intended to be prophetic in any way.
I believe our planet needs more people who spend their time caring for it than spending time fighting over who created it or plundering it with no regard to consequences.
I hope you enjoy reading From Thine Own Well as much as I enjoyed creating it for you.
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The story is also about a few people who care about the environment and mobilize after the death of a child from poisoned water. This diverse group, at first alone and then together, gather enough evidence to convince uncorrupt authorities to investigate.
Dialog is abundant and natural. The writing, though straightforward, doesn't read as though it's from a seasoned writer. The book is an easy read, but the time frames are unclear at times. It suffers from lack of details that would matter to the story. For instance, later in the story, a mammoth 9.5 earthquake occurs, turning a road into a moving ribbon, throwing a large tanker off the road. After that, not much is mentioned about the devastation over a huge area that would have been reality, and seemingly soon after, the group sits at a coffee house discussing issues, none of which are related to this huge earthquake. I doubt the coffee house would have been there or that any of these folks would be concerned about their cause at such a time. They should have been concerned about their own homes and also peripherally about what further harm the mining has created with this giant earthquake. None of that is part of the book.
The characters were interesting but whenever a male/female relationship was new, sometimes soon after the couple met, in no time they acted like they'd had a relationship for a long time. It didn't ring true. There were grammar and other errors in the book -- not many but a few. There were at least a couple typos.
My impression is that this could be a timely and interesting story with heavy editing and an effort by the author to make it more realistic. The story is good enough to keep a reader's attention, but it does need further work. There were discontinuous scenes where one minute someone is standing and the next (within seconds it seems) something is happening that would have that person sitting. There are several similar events throughout the story where an event or person's action don't follow well. These all need clarification. The whole subject of time seems to be missing.
The format seems pretty good to me, except for the time issue. The subjects in the book are timely and the story could be a wake-up call to everyone to stay vigilant about whatever threatens your environment, for the sake of all living creatures. My best advice to the author is to heavily rework the book with advice from editors.
Gripping novel and I recommend anyone interested in a futuristic story with an environmental storyline to pick this one up.
In the Yukon city of Whitehorse, a disparate group gradually comes together to oppose The Coalition and the lack of government accountability. Their efforts are given urgency by a local mine that is dumping cyanide as a byproduct. Nearly everyone knows someone who has died of cancer or by symptoms akin to poisoning--although scientists are no longer allowed to publish medical findings and investigative reporting is rarely seen because news outlets are nearly all controlled.
The novel builds nicely, with action scenes paced by dialogue. Members of The Coalition aren't all aligned, making for another layer of tension as they play their own power games with each other as well as try to figure out what to do about the growing activism. The rebel numbers grow in fits and starts, as various Whitehorse citizens come up close and personal to environmental damage.
The core of the book is a primer on environmental damage and the bad things that happen to humanity when the environment is sacrificed for monetary gain. It's also a futuristic story, but doesn't cross over into science fiction. Recommended for anyone interested in the environment and those who like a good dystopian tale. Would make an excellent movie.
Hamilton’s From Thine Own Well is a very good fictional look to what our future might be. Though all the events inside it are fictional, I liked how the author burdened it with governmental and environmental issues. I’ve read dystopian novels with human evolution or zombie outbreak or robot evolution but this one is different. It is a fiction that appeared to be very adjacent to our world’s current condition that makes the book’s circumstances possible in reality’s near future.
Yet, sometimes, how the author materializes each characters’ actions from their purpose in the story is a bit contradicting. But I think it is fine, just that sometimes, it’s exaggerated. Hamilton’s writing is well-built and fresh, making it easy to understand. The characters are well-crafted. I love the plot even though it is predictable. But it would be a lot better if the story is a little twisty.
Not your common dystopian tale. A different approach to the dystopian world.