Oleg Medvedkov is a writer of Humorous Novels and Short Stories. He also writes some serious stuff just to show that he can. He lives in Sacramento, CA.
His motivation - Cookies, His inspiration - see Motivation, His muse - whoever brings him Cookies. If you think he is mercantile than you know words.
By Oleg Medvedkov
Published: May 28, 2012.
Laughter is the best tool to deal with stress and boredom. Made-up scientific studies show that hamsters who read books from 'Take a Break Have a Laugh" series live 10 times longer than humorless hamsters that are into Goth novels and French documentaries. In all seriousness though, after you read short stories from this book you will feel great! Enjoy!
By Oleg Medvedkov
Published: March 1, 2012.
(2.00 from 2 reviews)
This is Volume I of jokes I have written. They first appeared on my account on Twitter and I've preserved the Tweet format for this book. Hope they'll make you laugh. Or giggle. I'll also take a snicker or a chuckle. Have fun!
A sweet story of five and a half year old girl going to Haymarket (in Boston) with her Dad. Something happens, she gets separated from her father but manages to find her way home. Well written and fast-paced. Perhaps so fast-paced that some details become somewhat ambiguous but still very enjoyable. I sincerely hope that 'Triple Divide' keeps the same quality of writing.
This little volume makes an interesting case that every Christian has access to multiple gifts through acceptance and faith. Two mighty forces, that of God and Satan, are in direct conflict with each other. However third force, that of a Christian, is not without resources, when it comes to fending off evil.
Gospel mentions several such gifts, for example that of prophecy and healing, and these gifts are accessible to those believers who actually desire spiritual gifts. Author makes an interesting case for her views and feels that in these challenging and cynical times, Christians should try more than ever to accept and exercise such gifts to help each other and to please God.
Writing is very concise and you can feel author's passion in her views and beliefs.
Frankly I did not expect 'Aftermath' so soon - after all the criticism that the writer received last time, I did not expect second volume of 'Worlds Without End' for a while. But it is out and I am actually glad. Prose is slightly more polished, plot is uncomplicated but full of action, almost reminiscent of early sci-fi stories published in pulp magazines back in 1920s and 1930s.
I give this book 5 Stars not because this is a greatest book of all time but because it is different and, in my opinion, original. In the age of 'me toos', it is refreshing to see an author to write something that is completely congruent with his beliefs and worldview. Book utilizes doctrine of LDS Church and has strong religious overtones. Author is open about it and, learning a lesson from criticism he received last time, he includes a handy reference page that explains some of the more esoteric religious points that makes following the plot easier. Book is also unabashedly pro-American, and celebrates the American spirit. So, be warned :)
Overall, 'Aftermath' is a marked improvement over the first volume 'The Mission'. If you enjoyed the first volume or simply would like to read a different take on a sci-fi genre by a promising writer, while keeping an open mind, then give it a try.
Little side-note: publication is well formatted for Kindle, includes a click-able table of contents (always a plus) and well-edited.
There are at least three layers in this novel. One is the story of Zyra Zanr, an independent bounty hunter, who travels to New Venus to try and extradite to InterGalactic Alliance Boris Skringler, a terrorist, her teacher, and ex-lover. As you can see, this is a giant can of worms wrapped in dynamite that Zyra has to open. The government of New Venus is not cooperating so, Zyra decides to take matters into her own hands but while springing Boris from the jail where he is awaiting his execution on charges of being a male on a planet of females, things go wrong and Zyra is captured. Now, she is facing a death penalty and Boris is at large.
This is how the beginning of the story, more or less. For about a third of the book, Zyra's trial and flashbacks bring us up to date with what is happening, until the storyline catches up and things start progressing more linearly.
These flashbacks; Boris; Mikaela Darr, Zyra's more-than-just-a-friend; and Zyra's own contemplation about her life and choices she's made, represent the second layer in this book that allows us to get to know the main character, her past, and some of her motivations.
And the last layer is the backdrop of a political and military struggle between InterGalactic Alliance, Legion of Worlds, and an independent New Venus that is either a desirable ally or a potential enemy to fear to both above mentioned superpowers. This makes the storyline more interesting to those of us who are into the space opera genre and hopefully, in the future instalments, a larger picture of this particular Universe will be presented in much more detail. Without giving any spoilers, I would just like to mention that I am still not really clear as to Zyra's possible connection with the Alliance; I think the ending deserves a little more clarification.
A note about the action scenes - there are aplenty here, just like one would expect - hand to hand combat, escapes, even a space battle. My only criticism here is that as the action kicks in, the description gets wordier somewhat. For my taste, I would prefer the action move a little faster, not hindered with flashy description. However, it is simply my personal preference and can I see how perhaps focusing on a scene like that would appeal to many readers.
One more thing I'd like to mention - I've read previous works of this author and I am really impressed with how his writing craft has improved over such a short period of time. He always writes entertaining stories but now, with this novel, he is showing us that his books are fast approaching a commercial-grade material. This is a solid 4.5 stars at least.