Freezer Burn

Rated 4.00/5 based on 2 reviews
When two brothers find an old fridge in the woods that's a portal to the past, they hatch a get-rich scheme—leading safaris to the Ice Age. But things go wrong quickly. Their clients get eaten. Dangerous animals escape into modern day Maine. And a ruthless repairman from the manufacturer arrives, determined to destroy the fridge and anyone who knows anything about it.

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About Richard Smith

Richard Smith started writing by mistake. He inadvertently wrote a script that got made into a movie (Lockup, with Sylvester Stallone) and has been trying to live it down ever since. Since moving to San Francisco, Richard works as a creative director for commercials, corporate events and museum experiences. It was while working on a major exhibit for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science that he came into contact with the world of Ice Age predators and got the inspiration for what would become Freezer Burn.

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Review by: Nelson on July 08, 2010 :
Great story.
Fast moving and lots of fun.
Sadly the two main characters were not the most interesting characters in the book, that honor goes to E Max and "Bear".
A couple of loose ends..Bernice has give birth to "Bear"'s son...this could lead to trouble.
And E Max is last seen checking into a hospital for a serious injury..what happened? Could there be a sequel in the works? I hope so.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Doug Pardee on July 02, 2010 : (no rating)
I didn't put a star rating because I didn't finish this book. I made it about 1/3 of the way through.

A very inventive Sci-Fantasy farce. Lots of good, original material here. But the style just didn't match my tastes.

My biggest problem is that I didn't care about any of the characters: I wasn't 'invested' in them. It's kind of like watching a Three Stooges or Marx Brothers film in that regard. I enjoy a good Marx Brothers movie, but I can only take it for so long. A typical-length novel (which this is) is about equivalent to an 8-hour movie. I couldn't deal with 8 straight hours of the Marx Brothers. I bailed out of this one at about the 2-1/2-hour point. The plot was still interesting and the events were still amusing, but I'd simply lost the last of my "give-a-darn" about what was going to happen next.

It didn't help that this novel is written in third-person omniscient viewpoint and present tense. I savaged the Smashwords book "Omaha" for using this bizarre combination, which is primarily used for stage direction in screenplays. Here, the material and the writing style somewhat compensates for the quirk, but not enough for me. This type of story could reasonably be told in third-person omniscient viewpoint, but from what I could tell there was no call for using present tense. Combining present tense with third-person omniscient is weird and distracting.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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