Perri Manley

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Smashwords book reviews by Perri Manley

  • Dreamworlds: Footprints and Pawprints on Nov. 26, 2011

    This novel is essentially a work of Pokemon fanfiction, with the serial numbers filed off in an attempt to make it look more "original." The world's concept is certainly interesting, but the setting is so obviously meant to be a direct parallel to Pokemon (Gyms, badges, going on a journey to collect monsters - even the place names sound distinctly 'Pokemonesque." The loudspeaker in the beginning even says things that sound remarkably like the introductory lines the professors give you at the start of every Pokemon game!) that it was distracting. The book would have worked a lot better either as a straight-up Pokemon story with actual Pokemon in it, or as a fantasy novel with a more unique and differentiated world - as it is now; it's nothing more than a high concept about the world of dreams struggling for its own voice. On a grammatical level, however, the story was miles ahead of some other texts I've read here on Smashworlds; and I certainly can't fault the author for gaining inspiration where they did. Pokemon is pretty awesome; it's a shame this book can't be as enchanting as the world it takes so much from.
  • Dreamworlds: Footprints and Pawprints on Nov. 26, 2011

    This novel is essentially a work of Pokemon fanfiction, with the serial numbers filed off in an attempt to make it look more "original." The world's concept is certainly interesting, but the setting is so obviously meant to be a direct parallel to Pokemon (Gyms, badges, going on a journey to collect monsters - even the place names sound distinctly 'Pokemonesque." The loudspeaker in the first chapter even sounds just like the professors at the start of each Pokemon game!) that it was distracting. The book would have worked a lot better either as a straight-up Pokemon story with actual Pokemon in it, or as a fantasy novel with a more unique and differentiated world - as it is now; it's nothing more than a high concept about the world of dreams struggling for its own voice. On a grammatical level, however, the story was miles ahead of some other texts I've read here on Smashworlds; and I certainly can't fault the author for gaining inspiration where they did. Pokemon is pretty awesome; it's a shame this book can't be as enchanting as the world it takes so much from.