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Smashwords book reviews by BattleCat
- Out From Edom: Book I of the Irredente Chronicles
on Oct. 08, 2010
I read classic sci-fi; Heinlein, Asimov, Bradbury, etc. I selected this book, along with a few others, because it sounded interesting. I don't know the author.
It was a great read. I enjoyed the complexity of it. Enough tech and history to keep it believable, not enough to interfere with the storyline. The characters were well written:the universe he created was well thought out and intriguing. I came back to grab the other short stories, and enjoyed those as well. Though, by the writing style, I'm betting they came first.
I'll reread this as the new ones come out. Not many distracting grammatical (or plot) errors, pretty incredible work for a first novel. I've dumped 9/10ths of the sci-fi works I've downloaded after grimacing through the first painful chapters. This one I'll keep.
- Shatter (The Children of Man, #1)
on Oct. 25, 2010
One of the most interesting fantasy novels I've read in a long time; and that says a lot. Everything about this book was first rate, from the concept and storyline- to the writing and editing. I can't believe that it was FREE. I don't mind paying for work of this quality. Great job, and I cannot wait for the next part. Thanks!
- Sisters Of Glass
on Nov. 10, 2010
Dystopian; yes. Hokey; no. Really well done actually. I expected for it to be horribly trite and vulgar; another Blade Runner fantasy. It wasn't. It had a few plot holes big enough to drive a train through (medical, legal, and technical)but you hardly notice them, if you're allowing yourself to enjoy the book. I ignored them. Enjoyed the escapism; good job. Didn't see any 'techno that needed skipping'.
- The Book of Deacon
on Jan. 18, 2011
Disclaimer: I am NOT a friend of the author, and I am definitely no fan of whoever edited this book. If not for the fact that I enjoyed the story, I would have deleted it for the many errors and the annoyance they caused. The epub version does not have proper spacing, or chapter titles, which leads to confusion when they switch character's perspective. At some point I had to make a conscious decision to stop counting them in my head, or delete the book. The book won; barely.
Other than that, it was a very enjoyable read that, given its setting, could have devolved into something preachy or gratuitously violent. The author chose instead to focus on his world, and its characters. I appreciate that in a fantasy novel. If you're looking for a sermon on the evils of war, this is not it.
Upon further thought, it's not a very realistic portrayal of a female character, either: in that she basically acts like a boy, and has the same lack of personal hygiene, that would likely kill anyone except an 8 yr. old boy. But I don't think that it really detracts from the storyline, in fact it likely helps it avoid a lot of difficult issues.
Ps. The magic is instead "Hocus Pocus" that is zapped from crystals. Not the most original, but not the lamest, either, as the author at least attempts to set up a system and a few rules, which is where it (surprisingly) Does get a bit preachy.
I'll likely buy the next one in this series