I am an author, science nerd, an amateur photographer, a father, and a pencil and paper game designer and gamemaster. My formal education was in geology and geophysics, and back in the day I worked in the oil industry tweaking software associated with finding oil. Since I left the oil industry, I've spent most of my time being a parent, but did have enough time to get two short stories published (in Analog and Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine). Now I'm giving epublishing a try, and I have an ample supply of novel-length publishable material to polish and publish.
on May 22, 2012 :
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am preparing the read the sequel soon. The plot was vastly different from my normal genre and I was pleasantly surprised. The plot though far fetched held a shrouded message on bigotry and hatred common during the era that the story was written in. Looking forward to reading more by this author.
(review of free book)
on Jan. 21, 2012 :
Deeply engaging despite a minimalist plot. The focus is more on the major characters and how they respond to their transformation than on a traditional plot structure of characters facing and resolving a challenge. In this respect it reminds me of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Survey Ship. In some respects I found the protagonist's transformation from a passive 1960s housewife into someone who can make hard choices and use violence in self-defense more interesting than her physical transformation. The mysteries involved in the nature of transform sickness and the political maneuverings of those involved, both personally and professionally, in dealing with it add to the story's appeal. Many of those mysteries are left unresolved and I look forward to learning more when the sequel is released.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)