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Chance Maree is a bootstrap novelist and story-telling enthusiast who gravitates towards science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, and psychological horror. She has published two novels, ALEXIOS, BEFORE DYING, and UNDAZZLED. Her writing is eclectic and strives for plots that twist and surprise. Chance has been transplanted to Texas by her astrophysicist husband where they live with two dogs and a native Texan, scorpion-killing cat.
on May 03, 2013 :
Undazzled was great fun. It went in a totally different direction than I was expecting and had strange but cool concepts.
The "hallucinations" that they all experienced was original and compelling. The fact that everyone morphed into specific creatures was odd to say the least, especially since they didn't physically feel the changes on themselves. It did seen a bit odd at times, particularly when there were sexual relations between them while these hallucinations were occurring.
Tyr was incredibly interesting. We only got a small taste of what he could actually do, and I wish we had gotten to see more of his abilities. I also would have enjoyed another description of him after the hallucination. It was only described once but it was so unusual I had trouble remembering it as I continued reading and had to back track. His friendship with Ata was cute and I was happy to see that at least someone accepted him as a friend.
Gunner was fantastic. His plan was evil and pretty darn ingenious. I mean it was going to be found out at some point but it was still pretty smart. He was never impulsive and I think this quality is what made him such a great villain.
I only wish that a little more description had been present in the end. The interview shown explained quite a bit, but I don't know for sure what happened with the natives, with Ata and Tyr, as well as the "hallucinations". Other than that though I enjoyed Undazzled quite a bit. It was original and an interesting sci fi to say the least.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on March 26, 2013 :
Review of Undazzled
Undazzled, is an exciting, fully modern. science fiction/fantasy (SFF) novel written in a style I would call 'classic sff'. The story has more of Ray Bradbury and the Martian Chronicles than it does of any shiny future-tech tales by Arthur C. Clarke. In classic SFF of the Bradbury variety, the science is just enough to take us to a new place that provides a stage for a new perspective on the human condition and, when required, provides a possible deus ex machina to confront any plot problems with an appropriate SFF 'scientific' solution.
Of course, in keeping with 21st century SFF values, author Maree leaves out any stated moral conclusion. Instead, she provides the reader with moral dilemmas, based upon the differing perspectives of various characters. Maree uses 5 or 6 major characters to react to the actions of plot. Basically, an action occurs that advances the plot, several characters respond differently to that action, which advances the plot, a new circumstance occurs, multiple characters react to it, and so on. This use of multiple points-of-view, in front of a solid 3rd-person (omniscient) narrative, keeps the story moving--even though, as the story advances, the reader needs to work a bit to keep track the various character opinions and relationships, but it is worth it.
Without giving away too much, the exodus from a dystopian Earth takes colonists to Ostara, an earth-like, pristine world that is empty of other humanoid inhabitants. Of course, it isn't empty. Once the humans begin to colonize Ostara, the first moral dilemma they face is what to do about the native inhabitants who suddenly appear. The conflicts earthlings experience provide the story with a second dystopian-within-dystopian plot circle. Plot reversals ensue and what you expect doesn't happen--instead, the opposite happens. The unanswered moral question the author leaves hanging is, was the defeat/victory justified or not and from who's perspective? Very modern.
The author keeps you guessing, as she plys her trade, bouncing between illusion and reality in the thoughts of the characters. In keeping with this theme, story imagery often reads like a trippy hallucination, which reminds you that rabbit holes and worm holes are not really very different.
If you are a reader looking for a new story with more to offer than a simple pulp fiction read, like good-being-chased-by-evil across 300 pages, this story is for you.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)