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The Undeniable Labyrinth (Volume 1) Paperback – April 26, 2012
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A little background information on the author of The Promethead, A.A. (Double A) Roi Born in the United States to Canadian parents, he has developed a somewhat sardonic view of both nations, their relationship with each other, as well as the rest of the world. He developed in interest in sci-f media and literature, writing and art, from an early age as well as an keen interest in the future (where we all are, after all, going to spend the rest of our lives). With a desire to learn, but little interest in being taught, he has started and been involved in numerous businesses involving cosmetics, IT, the internet industry, as well as audio-visual tech. He currently lives in the far south, is engaged in several writing projects in the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror, and shares his home with a handful of cats. His current other works include The science fiction satire series Dispatches From The Intergalactic and the fantasy series Black Cloak White Art
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I thought that the twists on measurements of time and distance were clever, and a good way to suggest "otherness" to the jaded sci-fi reader. I think the story would have drawn me along better with some deeper glimpses of Althea's endgame. As it stood, we know she wanted to get to some particular place, but we have no idea where or why. Being a little cryptic leaves readers wanting more. Being too cryptic leaves readers wondering why they should bother.
As far as negatives, I'm not one to get bent out of shape over editing or lack of it, but it was noticeable. Not for improper word usage, but missing words and switched words. The brain fills in missing words quite well, but when 2 words arrive out of order, everything grinds to a halt to rectify the nonsense. The pages and pages of stream of consciousness with Macros was over done, shorten it up, I just skipped over it as it added little, I get it... Conflicted characters are tricky, over do the angst and self pity too much, and you wont like them and don't care about them or what happens to them.
Im not sure where this is going, and Im not sure whats motivating our heroes, but I'll buy the next one to find out.
For a 1st book, this is a fine effort. Good luck..
However, in reading the other two reviews, I was a bit surprised to find my own surmisal stated almost exactly by sixirons's review.
The book seemed to start a bit coolly for me; it took a short time to become really involved with the plot. However before long I was clicking to turn pages in that cramped-in-my-chair-late-into-the-night, one-more-page-before-I-go-get-a-snack kind of obsessive way that I do when a book has me in its grip.
I too thought the stream of consciousness parts were somewhat too long. Mind you, I have used that device myself in an SF short story I wrote, and it's a good expressionist kind of tool, but long streams of consciousness are probably only really effective when they're your own. Wouldn't it be cool if somehow an interactive book form could personalize them for the reader?
But anyway, I can really relate to the description of the beauty of the code, and I love the ending, and I feel certain that I will buy the next book in this series. The ending of this book shimmers with potential.
(Also, I like the cover, good art.)