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Most days, David Michael is a software developer and a writer. Some days, he’s a writer and a software developer. Other days, he’s an amateur photographer. Because, really, who is the same person every day?
David is the designer and developer of The Journal, personal journaling software for Windows. He has also designed and developed video games, and has written two nonfiction books and numerous articles about video game development.
David lives with his wife and kids in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
on April 25, 2011 :
Despite my obvious enjoyment of this novel, I'm finding it not a simple book to review. David Michael presents the reader with a kaleidoscope of different scenes that are initially difficult to make sense of. I think after a couple of small chapters, I came to a crossroads: should I forge ahead not really understanding what's going on, or should I give up and go on to the next book.
Luckily for me, I had already read some of David Michael's work and had really enjoyed it so it was a 'no brainer'. I'm so glad I kept going. This author has an obvious skill at weaving a story together from seemingly disparate threads. He did so in "The Summoning Fire" and he does so even more deftly in this novel. As I progressed through the book the substance of the story became known to me as subtly as a new history during a Merger. I suddenly understood aspects as if I had always understood them.
I would not describe this book necessarily as a strong linear storyline. I would not state that the characters were beautifully vivid for me. I would, however, describe this book as a work of art; a series of impressions creating an overall picture - a Renoir of print.
My only real criticism would be that the last chapter was unnecessary. The abruptness of the ending the chapter before would have been a thing of beauty - a final brushstroke, so that I could then finally stand back and admire the full canvas.
For those who intend to read it, I strongly suggest not contemplating anything until the very end where one can stand on top of the mountain peak after a bracing climb and enjoy the view.
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)