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- Print Length: 371 pages
- Publisher: DeadPixel Publications (February 15, 2014)
- Publication Date: February 15, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007B3XVLY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #671,967 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Windigo Soul Kindle Edition
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The concept is not new, but the book is very well written and done well. The author conveys the hopelessness of the society as well as the acceptance of the status quo by most people. The government agents, such as Hank's brother in law were suitably chilling but I found the abrupt about-face that he did to be surprising and out of character.
But that tends to be the author's strongest ability: setting up concept. Once the story has to move into plot building and action sequences, things get a little more muddled and unoriginal. Don't get me wrong: Robert Brumm is on the right track: when the story breaks into action sequences, the pacing is good, the fights are realistic, the details are rich, but it just lacks a certain ... pop. A certain pizazz. And often, the author forgets to work on scene building. Additionally, while he does provide more than a few internal monologues for most characters, I found myself not quite able to relate to anyone, just because there was never enough ... emotion, enough specific or strong reactions to events. I see that this author doesn't have a large library of works yet, so I get that he might still be coming into his own.
Finally, the biggest area the author fails at is the details of the concept he establishes for the story. The strongest part of this novel is the first few chapters, before you get behind the curtain and see the truth of things. When you do get to that point, and you find out what the government is hiding, the story crumbles a little. A few quick internet searches would have revealed why the specifics of certain ideas are either misguided or flatout wrong. And as soon as one of the post-reveal scenes start, you'll probably roll your eyes due to the blatant rip-off of a very VERY well known cyberpunk sci-fi movie from the late 1990s. If you know what movie I'm talking about, it's not what you think (probably), but the SECOND titular concept from that movie, which made SOME sense there, doesn't really work here.
Other than that, the book is quick, well-paced, and starts out with a strong opening that creates an element that carries through the whole novel excellently. While the author falters on the details, I would like to see a sequel or another free-standing story take place in this type of future ... it seems like he had a lot of ideas that didn't get to be fleshed out completely.
I finished Windigo Soul in one sitting - oh, I know it's not War and Peace, but even 144 pages can seem long if you're not into the story. And I was, right from the start. Robert Brumm knows how to grip his reader's attention in one or two pages, and after that you just can't stop. There's a special pace, a well thought-out rhythm to what he writes: things go pretty fast while remaining believable. Just like a good movie or modern TV series.
There are indeed countless resemblances between Windigo Soul and movies like The Matrix, The Island or Soylent Green, just as there are many similarities between it and books such as 1984 or Brave New World. For me this is a compliment, and in no way does the book copy any of these illustrious predecessors. The author actually pays a form of homage to them, probably counting on our knowledge, allowing him to get directly down to business.
That's where Robert Brumm's originality lies: mixing a lot of well-known ingredients to produce a fresh, exciting and new recipe. The modernity of it all being the format he chooses, longer than a short story, shorter than a book. And, as with Desolate, there is ample room here for further episodes.
By the way, in case a "Windigo Soul 2" ever came out, I wouldn't try the free sample. I'd buy it right away.
I DID have a problem with some physics, but since others have mentioned that, I won't, and I didn't find it anymore than a minor speed bump on what was a very exciting ride.
It felt like there was an abrupt end or perhaps a seque to a sequel. I hope so. I enjoyed this world, dystopian or not, and look forward to anything written about it.
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The characterisations are swiftly-drawn but convincing. I didn't like Sara, who was a rather selfish whinger, with not much to contribute, but the rest were superb, whether goodie or baddie. Descriptions of the city, the way of life (such as it was), and the utter resignation of the general populace were all extremely-well portrayed. The nastiness of Windigo, the determined struggle of the breakaways, the excitement of retaliation, the tension of the hunt for the rebels, the depths of Man's cruelty to Man, were expertly painted. I got great satisfaction from the final outcome - although I think the author might want to read up a little on the impact (both at the time and thereafter) of the detonation of a ground-burst 5KT nuclear weapon on those even quite a long way away from Ground Zero.
A very, very enjoyable story, which kept me enthralled - at times revolted - and unable to put it down. I'm keeping it on my Kindle, and will be looking for more from this author.
This is Soylent Green brought up to date with a very big bang. Brumm makes his characters clear and their motivations solid. He doesn't over explain things, just tells us and we believe him. That's quite disturbing in itself because we should really be hoping humanity is not capable of such things. Sadly, I think it is and could easily see this or similar happening.
There could be a bit more meat to the bones perhaps. A bit more to the ending, although the ground is nicely laid for a sequel which one hopes would be a revenge of the retirees (and rightly so!).
I do like the author's note at the end. Yes you're on the way to quitting that day job. Good luck - I look forward to seeing more!
It's a world where citizens are retired upon reaching their sixtieth birthday, the retirement being a euphemism for euthanasia. To the outside world, the bodies are cremated and returned to their kin, but on the inside is a far more sinister state-run power plant where the retiree's bodies are put to use.
The story involves a worker at the plant escaping and racing against time to save his wife before she is admitted to the plant.
I read this in a couple of hours and enjoyed the story but can't help thinking it could so easily have become a really good full length novel. There is plenty of scope within the story for subplots and offshoots, and the characters could have been developed much more.
I'd rate this overall at 3 stars since I did really enjoy the story but was left feeling somewhat short-changed because it ended up being a throw-away novella when it could have been a top class novel.
The second half of the book felt much more like action and adventure. While this was well written and fast paced, as well as a great example of what an action novel should be, I felt it looked slightly weak against the first half. There was less conjecture of life in general - then again if they stopped to think the novel would have had corpses for narrators!
This isn't the kind of book I would normally go for but as it was free on Kindle I thought I would give it a go. I found it very easy to get into the story and you really empathise with Hank and his situation. There are loads of unexpected twists and lots of action so I was gripped throughout the book (I read it in less than 24 hours).
I haven't got a single bad comment about this book its fantastic from start to finish and as an added bonus unlike loads of the books available on Kindle there were no typos which was refreshing. A must read!
Hank Reed has just turned 60 and by the laws of the United Federation of Nations Hank is being retired or simply euthanised to save the world from overpopulation, although Hank is legally required to under go this process Hank is having doubts very big ones that will change his, his families and the rest of the worlds futures for good.
This is a brilliant well written thought provoking novel that is equally as touching as Cormac McCarthy's "The Road"
Don't miss this amazing book
It is a possible future where the earth has too many residents what do we do with them to make it better for the new ones arriving.
this book looks at one way to deal with this.
it follows the same principles a film portrayed a few decades ago and what to do with our elderly people.
could be seen as quite controversial.
its a fairly short book and i read it very quickly.
Hanks life and dilemma as he comes to retire before his wife drew me in and i followed it waiting and hoping for the best for this man who obviously felt so strongly about his wife.
it shows the darker side too of humanity as well.
the story is quite compelling. it left me hungry for more.
If you are not a sci fi reader this may still appeal to you as a work of fiction as not too heavy to read.
I would love to read about what happens to Hank and his family as I became to care and was interested in how this plays out in subsequent books.
The story is brisk enough to be readable in one sitting, but rich enough to suggest a sequel or possibly other stories in the same settings. Some of the detail is fairly graphic, but remains consistent with the circumstances. Events are brought to a tidy conclusion that allows for a 'what happens next' sequel.
Overall: entertaining and satisfying.
Mr. Brumm paints a dark picture of life in the future of dwindling resources and an ever increasing population. The State however has total control over the way life is lived and takes the idea of recycling to whole new level.......