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When I was little, my siblings would ask me to write them short stories as birthday/Christmas gifts. I even wrote a one hundred page story when I was ten. I would tell people that I wanted to be an author when I grew up.
Now, having written my first novel, I feel just as excited about writing. I'm currently an attorney, working on a second novel in my spare time. Before law school, I studied English with an emphasis in creative writing. My favorite classes were those in which my "homework" consisted of writing a poem or short story.
on Oct. 20, 2013 :
It's not a literary masterpiece, but Past Un-Earthed is a very decent first novel.
Writing overlapping accounts of some of the same events can be tedious, but Stott keeps you there only long enough to build the right amount of anticipation for what happens next. The pacing in general is absolutely perfect, and the questions the reader is asking get answered in satisfying moments through realistic events and conversations.
The only fault with the novel is the sometimes-awkward word choice, which appears often in descriptions that do little to feed the imagination. As much as you want to see what happens next, you have to re-read a line to make sure it says what you thought you just read, then try to divine what the author was thinking. Luckily, the strength of the plot does not allow for extended contemplation before drawing you forward in the story.
Overall, the unusual diction and sometimes distracting descriptions and comparisons do little to hinder the reader's desire to keep turning pages. What appears to be a tribute to a classic sci-fi story becomes much more with a well-disguised twist in the closing pages. It's a quick read, and well worth the price.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)