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Transcendent Tales Volume One (Volume 1) Paperback – March 3, 2016
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About the Author
From a young age Adam Train possessed an innate desire to create worlds and characters, first with pencil and crayon, and later with the written word. Having grown up during the Lucas/Spielberg onslaught of the 80s and 90s, and discovering pulp storyteller greats like Robert E. Howard and HP. Lovecraft, it wasn’t long before Adam's desire to create had reached fever pitch. The result was Transcendent Tales. Fuelled by an insatiable, and often annoying, fascination with history, a love of travel and a passion for cinema and creative story telling, Adam is always working on a new story. Conceiving and writing all tales, he self publishes his works from his home in Adelaide, South Australia.
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The Legend Of Skoll traces the tale of a barbarian who was orphaned at a young age when his parents were both murdered in a raid on his village. He was subsequently sold into slavery and then later becomes a mercenary who eventually learns about his own people and the land where he was born. It will be interesting to see how his story continues in Volume Two.
The Third Realm is an intriguing science fiction story about a future in which technology and a specialized drug combine to make it possible to travel to a parallel dimension here on Earth that contains beings much more highly advanced than humans. It follows the investigations of an agent who works to prohibit people from "Transcending" to this other realm, and especially to stop them from bringing any advanced weapons or technology back with them into our realm. Very interesting, indeed!
A New End is also set in the future and deals with the possible ramifications and effects on society after people have figured out how to make their children essentially immortal while still in the womb. With seemingly unlimited days in which to accomplish their goals and experience the things they desire to do, will society become filled with lethargic, unmotivated and careless people?
I will certainly read more tales from the imaginative and creative mind of Mr. Train. He is a true storyteller who has a knack for drawing the reader into the story quickly, and leaves you wanting more so you can find out what fates may await his finely crafted characters. I strongly recommend you try out his writings. You will not be disappointed!
The storytelling itself is old school. The language and sentence construction is reminiscent of fantasies from years ago. One story, “The Voyage to Windward Atoll,” even reminded me of Edgar Allen Poe at the beginning and H.P. Lovecraft toward the end. Since I’m a sucker for both those authors, that story was one of my favorites.
Although not particularly heavy, the stories are nonetheless engaging. Whether fantasy, alternate history, or science fiction, they draw the reader into the world. I could feel the resolution of the Japanese samurai when faced with the Mongolian horde in “Saisho No Kamikaze.” I was drawn into the world of bureaucracy tainting the contact humanity made with a new species in “The Third Realm.”
Some of the extraneous words and grammar could be tightened up. I’m a stickler for dangling participles, one of the most frequent offenders in this collection. Possibly no one but professional editors and I would have noticed the problems.
My biggest frustration with this story collection is that at least one story, possibly two, were not wholly contained within. I was really into “The Treaty of Nine,” only to be told that the story continues in Part III, which is not included in the book. The last story, “The Third Realm,” was split into two parts, and I thought the end of the second part didn’t wrap the story up sufficiently. Is there more or not? I guess when Volume II comes out, we’ll find out.
Overall, the stories were engaging and enjoyable, but I’m disappointed in cliffhangers. If this were a regular periodical that came out perhaps quarterly, I would be less unhappy. I would have suspected and been prepared for missing story parts.
I gave this a 3.5 of 5 stars because of the somewhat meandering language and grammar, which could easily be fixed by an editor with a keen eye for detail. I also think this book should come with a disclaimer that the reader will be expected to pick up the next anthology to finish some of the stories. If like you science fiction, fantasy, and thorough world-building, you’ll enjoy this collection.
Also posted on my blog, Magic & Mayhem Book Reviews at saboviec.wordpress.com.