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Iain S. Walsh is an immensely unsuccessful musician by trade whose credits are legion, and triumphs are few. (He's also not too certain about this whole "referring to himself in the third-person" thing. It's a bit creepy.) He has scored a hit on FM radio (if you count a “hit” as a song having been played twice on a downstate Illinois college-radio station in 1990), co-managed an intriguingly obscure recording-studio (Park Bench Productions: 1986-1994), spent two summers as the Music Director and Resident Composer for a Northern Illinois Shakespeare Festival (Shakespeare on the Green: 1994-1995), and been in numerous bands, some of which actually got paid, and one that might possibly have opened for The Allman Brothers in 2003 if everything had worked out. (It didn’t.) He has also been an actor for thirty-plus years on-stage and in film, and only been booed off the stage once or twice. (It is very difficult to boo someone off the screen.) People keep telling him he should write. Perhaps they’re just trying to keep him off the street. Now, with his first novel on Smashwords (okay, his first novel anywhere), you get to decide which is the truth.
on Feb. 26, 2013 :
I really enjoyed this book. Great characters. Awesome story-line. The steam was steamy and the punk was cool. I loved the dichotomy between the two worlds. I hope to follow the good doctor's adventures if there are any new installments in the future.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on June 29, 2012 :
I was so hooked I read the whole thing immediately, start to finish. Imagine a blend of old school sci-fi, the type that created the whole genre. This book has a fantastical element hidden in modern whimsy. I can easily imagine finding the field notes from a field doctor reading in the same way.
I don't want to go on and on, but I would have paid a lot more than 3 dollars for this work of art.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)