"3 mini-novellas in 1 larger-novella be this", discernibly saith chibi-Yoda curled up by my ear, as I flipped the first page of this book. I have read novellas before, but they are usually kept for lounging by the lake on summer days, and are not my 'bread & butter' of reading.
It seems I am much too used to picking up a tome - and I mean a 500-page or more part of a saga - and getting lost in the pages before silently begging for more, to wait years for just a taste of satiety.
In fact this very writer gifted me the first book in one particular multi-tome series that is very dear to my heart, even if that series' author has been known to 'prattle on' in certain areas of that ongoing story, and may never finish the tale before she passes on. That does not stop me from continually rereading the series from the start nor proudly displaying her so far accomplishments on my ever-increasing bookshelf. I had hoped to do so for this writer as well.
That also means that I do not find it worth my while to nitpick the actual story. If one can 'become one' with the tale, then there is no need to, whether or not it is an intense drama or a puff-ball romance. But now I prattle on.
I have had the pleasure of reading this writer's earlier fantasy story that-was-never-finished, as well as his shallow dive into the 'occult' fiction and the more recent fantasy saga ongoing, and hoped that this start to a space drama would surpass his opinion of that earlier fantasy's worth, compared to what I had recalled of his writings. I do hope they did for him.
Unfortunately for myself, it does not seem that the writer took into account any, if at all, the suggestions his editor(s) (if he indeed had one) may have given him before he decided to send this particular start to a story 'to print'. Unless his editor(s) had been blowing smoke up his a$$. I hope not.
If he had, this 3 mini-novella work would have been a complete steal, a 'tease of a read', a start to a story that the reader could truly see unfolding on their mind's screen, to lose connection to the world around them. Like Gypsy Rose Lee is compared to any (loosely-phrased) 'strip-artist' nowadays. This 3 mini-novella actually was worth the price he has given it, to my chagrin. To say it simply, it saddened me.
Same goes for his 'occult' story-dabbling, and I very much hope the next part in that story goes through a heavier hand in editing as well. But I digress yet again.
Sure, anyone can find a typo here or there in even the most excruciatingly-edited story, but for the immense numbers of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and paragraph-spacing errors I came across that continuously jolted me from the story, I just wish this had been given a semblance of that preferential treatment from the writer from the very start.
Then the reader CAN focus on the story unfolding and not on the words written, even if they were written in heart's blood (preferably the writer's.)
I know it can be tortuous to have your 'life's work' pulled apart page-by-page and word-by-word. But. It. Is. Worth. It...In the end. Truly, it is.
I'm just relieved that it seemed the writer finally started to listen to the editor(s) by the end of the last mini-novella of this 'origin' story, and am hoping that the rest of this series (alongside the other many series being written) fleshes out as they should, as I will continue with each part of the sagas as they unfold and are 'published' in book-form.
Then the true title of 'Author' can and will be bestowed upon him with a lighter and more satisfied heart.
I prefer the heart's blood I imbibe to be more robust and true.
(review of free book)