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Wilde Blue Sky is an English novelist and short story writer. His works include short stories, Vengeance and Drawing God?
A reviewer said of the short story, Vengeance, "Very good. Quick and spooky."
A reviewer said of the short story, Mouse on a Motorcyle, "Love this book."
Wilde Blue Sky can be contacted through his Linkedin account.
on July 12, 2015 :
Kratocracy - Government by those who are strong enough to seize power, just in case you didn’t know. Amazingly, a word I never heard before. A word none of my friends have heard of either. It’s dangerous to put obscure words in titles unless they’re meant to be discovered in the story. It makes the author look insecure and could possibly insult his audience.
“Dreams in Kratocracy,” has a simple storyline. A naïve character wakes ignorance to the reality of the harsh world around him. The plot progresses logically carried forward in a story-long chase to its conclusion. The novella’s basic structure is solid, albeit unchallenging. I’ll be frank. The story could use some work.
Designed as a paranoia-play in a Big Brother’esk world, the story fails to deliver the required menace. The hero is unbelievably naïve. It sometimes seems that the author himself has difficulty connecting with him, referring to him by his last name, “Beech,” throughout the book. He starts out as a faceless, ineffectual bureaucrat and fails to convincingly progress to action hero. It’s the characters nativity to the obvious around them that holds them back.
People know what’s going on around them. In this brutal world Sky has created, everyone exhibits a complete lack of cynicism, or even a sense of humor. The story constantly looks for proof of nature of their world before acceptance of belief. It’s been my experience that real human beings are exactly the opposite. On one hand there seems to be semi-organized resistance, little better than a Saturday hobbyist club, and on the other hand you have people in opposition parties that stand around waiting to be killed like all their predecessors. In this world, having a device that shuts down all the cameras within a mile would instigate a brutal house to house search the first time it was successfully turned on.
Characters are presented rather than discovered. “The Chief,” for instance, an antagonist, is presented as a simple nonstop sadist. Everyone calls him “The Chief.” No one would be called “The Chief” in the real world. Behind his back, coworkers would call him “Chiefie” or “The Bastard.” He would have a last name. Council members might use his first name familiar. There’s no depth here, or in any of the characters. It’s a case of “telling,” as opposed to describing.
I do not like writing bad reviews. Normally I would, in situations like this, deliver a critique through email, but the forum I found this story through requires a public review. I apologize to the author.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)