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Tribulations Mass Market Paperback – Bargain Price, January 3, 2012

2.1 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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 “A unique plot, strong characters, and compelling writing turn Genesis into a powerful look at a disturbing future.”
—Ed Gorman, Ellery Queen Award-winning author of Blood Moon

About the Author

Ken Shufeldt was born in Kansas and raised in the West Texas Panhandle. He served in the US Navy for a number of years before leaving to begin a career in computer programming, where he specializes in law enforcement system software and 911 dispatch software. He lives and works in Amarillo, Texas, and is currently at work on his next novel.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765365588
  • ASIN: B008W3CWG2
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,042,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Charles Mckay on February 20, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
AArggh! gave up eight pages in. The baby was "Accidently given a shot of dna from a mummy in a sarcophagus?" Was the doctor walking around with it in his hand? Can't decide which GALAXY to travel to? Is ours too dull? Then I was horrified to discover the neighboring galaxies are only 4 light years away! Are they pancaked against ours? At this rate, I was expecting his allusion to the "dwarve galaxy" to be smaller than our solar system. How does a book like this get published? How does it get by an editor, any editor! with a ninth grade education who can point out to Ken that he might read some basic cosmic educational material. It would at least make the book bearable. I seriously wonder who pays the extravagant cost of publishing without at least covering the simple basics. I expect better from any publisher. I tried to give it zero stars, but it would not let me.
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Like the previous review, I picked this book up at Wal-Mart, looking for something to read. The back cover had an interesting hook so I thought I'd give it a try. I'm not going to repeat the points covered by the previous reviewer, I'll just add my own.

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.
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You know, I'm willing to overlook names like Billy and Linda Lou if the story is good, and draws me in (and it'd have to be damn good to make me feel like I'm not reading about some hicks in outer space). Seriously though, that's a personal thing.. I enjoy good character names, and these just seemed as if the author just didn't give a damn about his characters - which becomes even more evident in his story.

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.
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By R W Warren on February 18, 2012
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I bought this book at Sam's Club. It was packaged by Tor Books, and their stuff used to be pretty good. Apparently the brand has gone downhill. I made it through about five pages before putting it down. I can't believe the editorial staff at Tor let this pass through the pipeline and make it as far as the book rack. I can't recommend this book, at least for reading.
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Mr. Shufeldt, bless his heart, can't write for crap. I have read several hundred SF books a year for the last 40 years, and in that time have only put down three books without reading them all the way through. This is number three. And I read all the Perry Rhoden books in the '70s, which for any of you old codgers who remember should establish a good baseline for bad books. The science and technical details in the book were obviously not checked by anyone, and zero research was performed. I could probably overlook either the poor writing or the horribly wrong science and wade through to the end, but not both.

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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