Review From Amazon, by Lindsey B. Goddard
An Oddly Compelling & Fantastic Journey
"I am an avid reader, and this is probably the most unique book I've read in a while. It brought me back to my childhood, watching The Neverending Story, and my teenage years, reading the old Greek myths. If you're in the mood for something truly different--perhaps your reading material seems rather humdrum and predictable lately... give this book a shot. "Nails Jane" will force you to think outside the box. Author Trista DiGiuseppi creates worlds within our world. Her story begs the questions: "Just how vast is our universe? Is it endless, always erasing itself and starting anew as time forever spirals, without beginning or end?" This book is well written and worth the $4 it cost me on Kindle. Check it out."
Review From Amazon, by SJB Gilmour
Elegant and original. I enjoyed every word.
"For science fiction fans, the occasional dig at human (at least those on Earth) religions is pretty much par for the course. Nails Jane does more than dig. It paints a very different and at times very dark picture of humanity and its various faiths and foibles and is one of the more original s/f works I've read lately. I enjoyed every word.
The style: While DiGiuseppi demonstrates her ability to write very elegant prose, in Nails Jane she also demonstrates her determination to write her story, her way. Many editors and or publishers might have slashed much of the text, especially some of the more theological parts. I'm glad that didn't happen. It would not have done the story justice. So, while I found it just a teensy bit long-winded at times, it is a great read - especially if, like me, you enjoy reading an original take on the creation of life, the universe and everything.
Almost the entire book is written in first person, mostly from the protagonist's point of view. However, many of the supporting cast also get to say their bit, also in first person. That was a bold move, and probably something a traditional publisher might have gone into spasms over. In a way, I can understand that - it could have gone pear-shaped, but DiGiuseppi pulled it off nicely. It worked well and added to the originality of the book.
The setting and plot: Earth's a mess and many planets throughout the universe are in worse shape because a nasty, life-hating machine called Versinon is hell-bent on controlling and or destroying or corrupting mankind and all other sentient life. The force resisting Versinon and its foot-soldiers, called Humanoids, is a mob called Backsliders, of which the main character Ati, is one."
Review From Amazon, by Steve Tuf
A Beautiful Story Blending Sci-Fi themes with Religion, Philosophy and Fantasy...
"Apart from this book being a ripping read from the get-go right through to the end, it introduces some fascinating new concepts here. There is fantasy. There is philosophy. And there is a definite departure from themes of conventional religion. Apart from some beautiful hand-drawn illustrations that she created herself, Trista DiGiuseppi uses some advanced devices to illustrate in words the self-discovery of the main protagonist, Ati, a female soldier who turns out to be a creation of a god who has taken animal form. The book is full of mystical fantasy figures and there are some beautifully-crafted scenes on far away planets and in down-to-earth Michigan.
I promise you will not want to put this book down! It is very compelling and has been created with some highly unconventional writing methods. For example, the way that the main narrator, Ati, transitions through the story, it comes over like a voyage of self-discovery. DiGiuseppi uses a technique of shifting the perspective, that sometimes catches you off-guard. But the sense of the story is quickly regained and lots of the drama is played out between fantasy figures who seem as real as people you would meet on the street. The story is not without its moments of strife too. Ati, dying from her wounds and with a broken arm, scrambles out of a broken spaceship on to a cold unfriendly planet, where she struggles on to find the opening to the mountain. There are touches here of the supernatural and the immortal, but really DiGiuseppi is describing humanity in all its magnificence.
I am determined that this review shall not be a spoiler! So get the book and read it! I feel sure that whatever you are looking for here will be in it..."
Review From Amazon, by "A Book Vacation" (http://bookvacations.wordpress.com/)
For science fiction and fantasy lovers
"This is a very interesting story that I think science fiction and fantasy fans will really like, especially as the beginning instantly sucks the reader in. I thoroughly enjoyed the beginning of the story, meeting the characters and finding out what Ati does as a soldier living in space. I do have to admit, however, that I personally found some of the story hard to follow--a bit disconnected--as it unfolded, but I'm also not a strong science fiction buff, and am easily confused, so I don't think it is the fault of the author.
This story is told from multiple perspectives, which is one of my favorite styles for storytelling as it allows the reader to obtain different perspectives. But, while the story is there, and it's a fairly fast paced, science fantasy piece, I found that I didn't connect with the characters as much as I would have liked to, and I think, again, it has to do with me not fully following the story one hundred percent. I was a little confused between Eva and Ati and the other worlds within the novel, as well as with the military lingo, but even so, I still found this an enjoyable novel.
(Please note: I use the rating scale of goodreads, which is different from that of Amazon. Overall, I liked the novel.)"
Review From Amazon, by "Mystery"
"Well, this was a totally different book than what I am used to reading. (Non-fiction, history, biographies.)
However, I did enjoy this. Ms. DiGiuseppi has great tone and style in her writing. It is somewhat reminiscent of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, but not in a way that seems overly derivative.
There is humor here; there is tension; there is fantasy; almost a magic realism quality to the story that makes you wonder where it's going to go, and what is going to happen. Very readable, I would recommend this to fans of the genre and those who are looking to branch out, like myself, into new reading realms."
Review From Amazon, by Nathan M DeHoff
A book with a little of everything
"This was a very interesting read, if a bit confusing. It changes characters and plots rather abruptly sometimes, and I sometimes found myself forgetting what I had learned earlier about specific characters and concepts. In a way, however, this worked in the sense that the novel has a very wide scope that can incorporate pretty much anything. It starts out as sort of a post-apocalyptic tale of rebellion, and while it does continue somewhat with that theme, it goes on to incorporate talking wolves ruled by a computer, guardians of mankind and other animals, and the flaws of religion. I could have used a bit more explanation as to the nature of Versinon, but perhaps its confusing nature is part of what makes it threatening. Overall, it was a bit discursive, but enjoyable."
Review From Amazon, by Britt Solstad "Lexidh"
A diverse universe
"I am more or less a novice when it comes to reading sci-fi, besides Discworld I haven't read much, but I do watch a lot of it, and I'm absolutely sure that Nails Jane would make a good movie. A very expensive one to make, but still, very good.
The book starts out like a thriller, but eases you slowly into a universe that is so much more diverse, and it's done in a way that you haven't really noticed until it's "too late". But even though you are eased into it somehow it feels like the book is too short, not that what has happened isn't enough, it just happened too fast. There is room for more here, in this exciting universe, perhaps as much as a trilogy! Yes, it really feels this epic.
It isn't a hard book to read, not too many grand words that has to be looked up by non-native speakers like myself, but if you are, like me, reading this in bed, you might get confused sometimes when names of people and places are a bit too similar to tell apart. But this book is a bit too exciting to read just before going to sleep, it might give you very strange dreams ;P"
Review From Amazon, by אעחט
"This book was the best read of my entire life. I am not a big fan of fictional works; however, the depth of allegory and the spark of creativity was so original and invigorating that this story is exceptional. The full nature of this work may never be completely realized."
Review From Amazon, by Sandra Mutert
Our next timeline to...
"Loved this type of story..makes you THINK! Our Earth's future? If you like/ love science fiction the characters will intrigue you to follow their plight of survival. Great reading."
Review From Amazon, by Shawn Scarber
Darkly cinematic and experimental!
"Nails Jane is a bit like a multimedia experience in the form of a novel. There are illustrations, verse, multiple first person points of view, and some parts of the plot can seem a little sketchy, but overall Nails Jane is an enjoyable first effort. It's cinematic, but personal.
If you like dark and dystopian science fiction and if you can appreciate an author willing to take chances with her art, then you should really purchase and read this book.
The only reason I'm giving the story four of five stars is because the non-traditional plot and the pacing at times robbed me of complete story immersion. Sometimes authors use additional material in a book to make up for the lack in story substance. That was not Trista DiGiuseppi's issue. I personally think she tried to explore too much. Many of the ideas didn't get adequate exploration. However, as she masters her craft, I'm sure we'll see a fountain of excellent material from this very talented author.
Additionally, this is the kind of story that might work well in a graphic novel series."