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Transcendent Tales - Volume Two (Volume 2) Paperback – July 21, 2016
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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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Mr. Train's concepts are imaginative and his world-building thorough. He describes both ancient and future races with precision and detail, providing the reader with vivid cultural, physical, and emotional characteristics. My favorite story, "War Chief," describes an alien race in fascinating detail, after our protagonist crash lands on their planet. As with Ender's Saga and Xenogensis/Lilith's Brood, the race is intriguingly foreign.
However, I struggled with a couple of things: First, the world-building is so thorough that it takes up the beginning of most stories in an information dump that serves more to underline prowess at world creation than to illuminate the stories. This is not always the case, but I did find myself skimming parts and wishing for something to finally happen.
Second, the edits devolved in this book. I mentioned in the review of the first that it could have used another pass to correct grammatical errors; upon re-reading the beginning of The Treaty of Nine, I found that to be a fair assessment. The second book, however, seems not to have seen an editor. Multiple errors, ranging from comma splices to incorrect homonyms to sentence fragments, riddled every page.
I enjoyed the overall concept of the stories and I loved the science fiction landscape that Transcendent Tales, Volume II painted in my mind. However, I need a clean, well-edited book, and I found this one lacking. If you enjoy science fiction and aren't the stickler that I am, I would suggest picking up a copy--both of Volume I and of Volume II.
Transcendant Tales Vol 2 is a collection of shorts (and parts of other longer works) by author Adam Train. While I did not read Vol 1, I was already familiar with Train's writing style from The Treaty of Nine. I've read some reviews here that were a bit critical of that story - I loved it, and I completely enjoyed this set of stories, as well.
I'm a history nut, so I was more interested in 'Final Tide' than the others, and Train's take on the last days of Atlantis as being similar to a Greek state was intriguing.
Although I was curious to see more of Treaty of Nine, I'm still not sure yet how this part of it fit with the first. Maybe I'll have to go back and read PT 1 again.
'The Legends of Skoll - The Wildman' was an interesting departure from standard SciFi fare - more reminiscent of H.G. Wells' less popular works; but still a good read.
'The Prisoner of Hakai' reminds me of something I would write, where I would leave the reader to think about the ending. It's not your standard Hollywood 'tie everything up neatly' type of finale, but I thought was done well, and I encourage more writers to show some fortitude in telling stories this way.
'War Chief' I could have done without. Not that it's a bad story, it just didn't pique my interest as much as the rest. I suppose with a bit more development I might want to read further.
'High Side' for me was a cross between BladeRunner and The Road Warrior - both gritty tales of a dystopian future - loved it.
'Mystery of Grey Rock Canyon' was clearly in the vain of Planet of the Apes (minus the enslaved world portion) and even had a nod to the classic by naming the protagonist 'Heston'. I'd like to read more of this one.
Overall, a fine collection of tales. However, I must say this after reading Train's work to date: please come out with a complete novel! I enjoy your writing style, and I really want to see what you can do over the long haul rather than chopped up in bits.
This author has a unique talent - if you like SciFi adventures, you can't miss with this collection.
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