Born in 1987, in Calarasi, a minor city in Romania, Jason has graduated high school in 2005 and went on to be accepted at the Polythechnics University of Bucharest, Faculty of Engineering in Foreign languages. After working odd jobs from 2006 to 2008 to put himself through college, he got a slightly better paid job in customer service in 2008, in a comfortable, but boring cubicle. He started taking writing seriously at the beginning of 2010. Currently, he is striving to finish his last year of college, while working and writing. He has finished editing his NaNoNovel and is focusing on his second fantasy story.
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- Shades of Green
on Dec. 26, 2010
I finished reading Shades of Green a few hours ago and I honestly felt like taking a bath right away(this of course is a compliment). In the book, we are presented with the small town of Holburn and its inhabitants. Insanity and sadism seem to be the right words to describe the people of Holburn as most of them seem on edge and cannot wait for a chance at making someone else suffer(that was my first impression).
The book hits you right in the face with the opening scene and I must say I was quite baffled after reading it. Hell, I was almost thankful that Ian skipped ahead and presented new characters. I just could not get a firm grasp on what was actually going on and it remained that way until the ending.
The book plays with the border between dream and reality and you never really know what is actually going on until the very end.
I enjoyed getting to know the characters, although I could not stand some of them and I just hoped they would drop dead or be eaten by some giant monsters. Needless to say, some of them had the very fate that I was hoping for but I was disappointed to see that some of them lived. Anyway, the author did a good job with the characters and that is one of the highlights of the book.
The story itself had some minor holes in it, I do not want to spoil anything, but it seemed to me like some of the powers that the characters had, defied logic(but perhaps that was the hole point) and the thing that causes all the mess in the small town of Holburn seemed exaggerated and acted without a specific purpose(again, that might be the entire point).
The biggest downside of the book in my opinion was the lack of proofreading and editing. The very moment I would get caught up in the story, I would notice a word missing or a wrong tense being used and it would completely throw me off balance. I was forced to stop for a few minutes and then resume my reading.
Overall, the story is imaginative, the characters are real and the monsters are creepy and disgusting as hell. A good read in my opinion, I can hardly wait for the next skin crawling, jaw grinding, stomach churning story from Ian.