on Sep. 7, 2014 :
Pink Water is an intriguing second episode in the Cloud Brothers saga. As the second book in the series, I’d liken it to The Empire Strikes Back in mood, style and maturity. It’s a dark, character driven interlude between two epic space engagements with the dreaded Mantis. Don’t think for a moment the Mantis are having a book off though, they’ve simply learnt to be more ruthless and cunning in this episode, and our hero Cloud Brothers are tested to their limits.
Pink Water takes a more serious and sombre look at humanity, love, hate and the difficult road to personal enlightenment – a predicament faced by every character trapped in the Mantis’ mischievous time warp trap – the trap itself preventing Earth from being healed, post the events of the first novel, Gathering Clouds.
Have no fear though, there’s plenty of James Field’s trademark humour throughout, with laugh out loud lines like: The captain waddled down to the waters edge as happy as a pensioner after a good bowel movement.
New characters are introduced, the parents of Trevor and Russell, damaged souls Leroy and Timmy, and a host of others. Holding together an ensemble cast so that each character remains memorable and distinct is difficult in a mid-length novel, but James Field does it with ease. And without adding spoilers, Pink Water has the most original, and entertaining interpretation of a biblical character I have read in a very long time.
A terrific read, the series just gets better and better.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
Bruce E Arrington
on May 28, 2013 :
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest, nonreciprocal review.
The book “Pink Water,” by James Field, is an adventurous science fiction story. It is the second in a series, continuing with the adventures of the Cloud brothers, and others, finding our world in peril. The insects have laid a snare and the Cloud brothers find themselves having fallen right into it. The story continues with other various characters introduced, along with their own personal demons.
I have not read the first book, so I lacked any background on the previous story or its characters. That being said, I feel that this book truly can stand alone. Enough (but not too much) backstory was inserted so I gained a good handle for what had taken place, and how those earlier things affected the second book.
I appreciated how the characters were more the center of the story than the actual outcome. Their charming idiosyncrasies and faults painted them well as three-dimensional characters, and I thoroughly enjoyed the humor, particularly by Russell (my favorite character), helping the story to be a fun read.
And it was a fun read. Not bogged down in things I did not understand, but humorous, fast-paced and well developed. I also appreciated how most of the characters had to come face-to-face with their personal pasts and were given the opportunities to deal with them appropriately.
There are three things, which, I think can make for a better story. The first is where Fred talks about his dream. I had interpreted this as a foreshadowing and felt somewhat cheated when it didn’t turn out that way. It would be an easy fix to forecast events more according to what actually came about (more or less). The second thing would be to add more female characters, since all but one of the characters is male. This presents a lopsided story since it is so character driven. And last of all, the story needs a good proofreading by a professional. There were enough typos to pull me out of the story at times, and really get my attention.
However, the author provided a fun read I could understand without having to read the first book. I recommend this for all you sci-fi lovers out there who like fast-paced, humorous tales.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on May 16, 2013 :
This is the second installment of The Cloud Brothers series. I suggest reading Gathering Clouds... first because I believe I would have enjoyed Pink Water more had I already been acquainted with the Cloud Brothers, their parents, and the insect aliens.
Pink Water is a YA Science Fiction story, and is appropriate for the younger range of that genre except for one scene with strong language. The lessons of peaceful socialization, empathy, and anger management would work well in the younger age range.
One thing that struck me about the writing was that a good 85% or more of the text seemed to be dialogue. Descriptive prose was sparse and mostly used to change scenes. The dialogue was close to life rather than fictionalized, which added redundancy and characterized verbal tics that seemed a bit overused.
The plot was clear and brought to completion. It suffered from mid-novel drag, but pulled off a large action scene at the end. For avid readers of science fiction, no new ground was covered, but for those exploring the genre, the swim in Pink Water should be fun.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
on Feb. 21, 2013 :
Like with the first book in the series, this was a well written and enjoyable read, which I would recommend to anyone who enjoys reading science fiction novels.
The plot is rivetting, and the characters are well rounded. Plus, the author has spread enough scientific knowledge throughout the book to make it obvious you're reading a sci-fi novel, but without bombarding you with so much information that it distracts from the story; a balance which can be tricky to achieve.
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)