Science fiction fan, astronomy enthusiast and IT professional Erik Ga Bean lives in the English county of Hertfordshire with his wife Helen and his growing collection of carnivorous plants. As well as being an author, he is a keen narrowboater and a leading light in the Stevenage Plus social group.
on May 31, 2015 :
I thoroughly enjoyed Apocalyptic Pub Lunches. The storyline is simple and basically character driven. A format I like very much. The author provides us with people who are less than ordinary in mostly ordinary situations, which provides a light and subtle humor. We are also given a wry commentary on our daily lives. Interesting people who are often in exceedingly boring jobs and yet somehow survive.
The writing style is laid-back, like a Sunday afternoon stroll in the park. We are not hurried through this tale. There is no frenetic pacing. There is action and there is adventure, but it takes place at a leisurely pace.
There story is divided into 6 vignettes. Each one is from one of the principal character’s point of view. The ending of the tale is, like much of the story, indirect. Something I rather like.
The only sour note comes in what seems to be the indie author’s minefield: textual integrity. Erik Ga Bean tells a good story. He knows how to write. However, proofreading was insufficient and I felt the final section could have had another read through by the author or editor as it didn’t flow as well as the other sections.
Erik Ga Bean is a delightful author. A hidden treasure. I look forward to reading the rest of his oeuvre. He is quite good.
(reviewed 64 days after purchase)
on Feb. 24, 2015 :
Beach huts, a microlight aircraft and a pink electricity pylon all play their part in this interesting tale. Told from the perspectives six of the protagonists, it reveals the surprising link between deliberate pub food poisoning and the end of civilisation as it is known. You might ever look a barmaid or waitress in the eye in quite the same way again.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)