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Tribulations Mass Market Paperback – Bargain Price, January 3, 2012
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There's no scale to the timeline at all. No where does the author cover truly how much time is covered, and in fact contradicts his own timeline at several points. Example, at one point the Nubian Queen remembers the hero's prediction of the upcoming meteor strike and states that it's going to happen in a few months, implying that there are only 3-4 months left. Yet the hero has time to make week long trips, build balloons and evacuate thousands of people and build a nuclear reactor and a shuttle. And the Nubian queen is killed, the new king has time to take over the kingdom, make a multiweek long journey and make peace with the other kingdom his has been at war at for years (centuries?).
There's also no transitions between settings. At one point, the hero and his wife are disturbed by dreams they have been having. The hero comments to his wife that he's going to light a fire under the people building the shuttle and in the very next sentence, he's addressing the shuttle builders leader about their progress. Did the other person hear what the hero had just said? Was he in the bedroom waiting for them to wake up?
Then there's the whole concept of the meteor strike. As a rough estimate, I'd say that the events of the book take place over a time period of a few years. Yet this meteor is travelling through the solar system which is similar to ours. When the hero and his ship first arrive, the meteor is a few days or weeks away from passing by the planet.Read more ›
If this story had been recited to me, orally, at bedtime, in increments, by my grandfather, I would have loved it. It moved at a quick pace, and was written in "everyday speak" sort of language. But that doesn't translate to the page well. There needs to be detail, and description. An author should not write about how there is a language barrier between an alien race and the crew aboard a spaceship and then, a few lines later, solve that issue by saying Billy made some translation devices for everyone and they all could understand.
It's not that easy!
There needs to be some depth to the story. There needs to be actual time passing, don't tell me "...a few weeks later", write about something that happened to make me understand that time is, indeed, passing. Did he face any difficulties? I mean, creating a translation device, that seems pretty interesting - tell me more about it.
Furthermore, don't create situations that you have an easy answer to. I felt like every obstacle facing Linda and Billy was easily solved, way too easily solved, with so little actual writing space between the problem and the answer that I barely had time to wrap my mind around the issue before it had been solved.
Also - never a good idea to start a book with the morning after a wedding night. That felt uncomfortable and weird.Read more ›
I personally blame the editor and TOR books for letting this see the light of day. There are obviously compromising pictures of somebody at TOR and a goat out there....
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The flagship of ships that left the destroyed Earth drops out of warp by a earthlike planet. This book describes their adventures trying to establish a home there. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I snuck this book from a friend. I had to find out if this authors second attempt would be as horrible as his first ... IT WAS. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Alpine Al
I didn't like this story line as much as the Genesis story line. The writing ability vastly improved.Published 16 months ago by Stephanie Perry
This second book in the series continues the story beautifully. The characters are capable and allow the readers to follow the story and not have to worry about "Bob"... Read morePublished on March 6, 2014 by Susan Ida Ehrenberg
Thoroughly enjoyed this. Had a nice mixture of science fiction, drama, and suspense. Author does a nice job of keeping the story interesting and believable.Published on November 23, 2013 by Enrique
I don't want to be mean, but Mr. Shufeldt is just not a good writer. It was like reading a shopping list, or a screenplay. They were going to do this. So they did. Read morePublished on April 25, 2013 by Tumbleweed
This book started out okay. The characters were not that interesting and don't have much depth. But I was looking for a new sci-fi writer, so I looked past the beginning in hopes... Read morePublished on October 1, 2012 by Bryan
Just so you know, Tribulations is now an award-winning book. It received the "Green Slime Award" from the 44th annual Bubonicon in Albuquerque last night. Read morePublished on August 26, 2012 by Ben Prior
Death, death, death... and there does not appear to be much sympathy for the fallen. Horrendous loss of life and the characters do not appear to be greatly affected by it. Read morePublished on July 4, 2012 by CJP