Pavarti K Tyler
I am a mother of two, a devoted wife, an artist, a dreamer, a number cruncher. I am on a quest of love to find my own way to friendship, family and god.
Currently I am working on my first novel and planting seeds in my garden. There's nothing like a little dirt under your nails to keep things in perspective.
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Smashwords book reviews by Pavarti K Tyler
- Gabriel's Redemption
on May 02, 2011
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Gabriel's Redemption from the author after I sent out a request for Indie Sci-Fi books to be considered for inclusion in my upcoming blog post on NYX Book Reviews. Umstead was not guaranteed inclusion in the article nor was a review even mentioned. However, after reading his book I would like to include it in my list of recommended reads.
Gabriel's Redemption is a near future science fiction work that includes all of the hallmarks of top quality sci-fi. Umstead has created a readable, accessible and highly engaging world where intrigue, aliens, drugs and intergalactic travel work together seamlessly. There is never a moment in this book where you think to yourself: well now that didn't make a lick of sense! Instead we are presented with a combination of real and imagined science that is so commonplace to the characters it never occurs to the reader to question it.
Evan Gabriel is a taciturn and troubled man who has buried so much of himself in order to survive the horrors and injustices he has witnessed that he has become a mere shell of the hero we come to know and love by the end of the book. Quickpaced, Gabriel's Redemption is an easy read. It flows from scene to scene and moment to moment flawlessly, always leaving the reader begging for more. By the third chapter I was so hooked I read the entire novel in one night.
Umstead deals with issues like honor, responsibility and human nature. While deep in thematic content the forward thrust of the story never stops. In this way Umstead has been able to create a rich, dynamic and believable world with a cast of characters who entertain and inspire. The bad guys are quality villains and the aliens are just strange enough to evoke the reader's inherent xenophobia. At the core of the story is one man's pain and regret and the opportunity to redeem himself.
My only complaints about Gabriel's Redemption are not reasons not to pick it up.
1. It's a military based fiction which I personally don't generally enjoy. Umstead does a phenomenal job of making the military jargon and topics accessible to non-military readers without sacrificing the details. It just doesn't speak to me. I was able to enjoy the story despite this which if anything speaks to the author's skill at weaving a compelling yarn.
2. It's not in paperback. This is one I'd love to have on my shelf.
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- A Soul Worth Taking
on May 18, 2011
I have to admit I struggled with posting this review. So far in my short reviewing history I haven't had a negative review on my blog. Everything I've written up has either been something I chose from my shelf and already loved or something I sincerely enjoyed. I have had two books I passed on reviewing due to quality, but they were written by friends and I felt like telling them my concerns privately was the best course of action. With this book, however, I have no personal ties to it and did not enjoy it.
Initially I was excited to read A Soul Worth Taking; mostly because the cover is awesome. It's captivating and the title is enticing as well. While I'm not a horror aficionado, I do like the genre and as many of you know have written in the genre. I went into reading this with high hopes and excitement.
Unfortunately my excitement did not last long. James' prose is flat and confusing. He falls into the trap of telling not showing the events of the plot and never gives us real insight into the character's emotions. Being told someone is tired is very different from reading about their vision blurring as they try to focus their eyes on the road in front of them. (not an example from the book). I thought perhaps this was a style vehicle the author was using to take us through the initial events of the plot so that we could be carried into the deeper story quickly; not a choice I would make but I've seen it done, kind of like literary snapshots to get us the facts. This was not the case. I am disappointed to report the entire book was written this way.
Even in the first scene of the book I was unsure of what was happening. Had the parents who were leaving the hospital recently had a baby, gotten pregnant or adopted? Why would they be leaving the hospital with a picture of the baby if they'd just had him? Was he sick? If they're pregnant why did they stop to show the nurses their sonogram picture? Why would the nurses care? Was this some kind of miracle pregnancy or special conception? Eventually I decided that it must be an adoption and they'd had to leave the baby in the hospital because it was the only explanation that made sense with the fuss being made. I was wrong.
This is only one example of the kind of confusion and lack of content editing which runs throughout the book. If the reader does not understand what or why the events are happening, then why should they be invested in the characters involved?
In addition to the lack of description or emotional depth the book was riddled with editing errors such as "you're" vs. "your". While I know all books have the potential to have these kinds of errors (I found one in a Steven King book once if you can believe it) there were too many. Also, the kind of errors I found were too elementary for me to believe this book was properly edited. Believe me, I hesitate to even make this criticism (especially since I had to look up how to spell criticism *sigh*). I know spelling and grammar do not a quality story make. However, this is precisely what editors are for. If you cannot afford one there are a lot of writers groups you can join to swap critique and editing services. Hell, go to the local high school and ask the English teacher to give your book a read. Not editing is not an option.
These issues distracted me to the point I was not able to enjoy the story James was attempting to tell. When errors are enough of an issue they pull the casual reader (meaning me, who can't spell my name, not my editor friends) out of the plot then you have lost the reader's attention and interest, and at the end of the day, isn't that the point?
So in the interested in full disclosure, you should know I did not finish this book. Part of me thought I should make myself read it before writing a review in order to fairly assess it. But I think the fact that I was uninterested and annoyed enough by the writing style and character development that I didn't want to finish it is enough of a review in and of itself.
- Cathartes Aura and the Apocalypse Zoo
on June 30, 2011
Disclaimer: 86 gave me this ebook after we met during a Smashwords event. There was no promise of a review. He received a copy of Consumed by Love during the same event.
A post-apocalyptic poem written from the POV of a Turkey Vulture. Need I say more? If you don't want to read it based simply on the epic coolness of the concept, well, you're dead to me. This is one of the most awesome ideas I've ever heard of. Of course, there's massive potential for suckage, so as always, I shall venture into the fray ahead of you, ready to take that bullet.
Luckily, this wasn't necessary. You know why? Because this is brilliant! I don't like poetry much, unless it has naked ladies in it. And I'm not one for such a thematic approach, it usually ends up being far too contrived. Somehow 86 managed to write themeatic poetry that I loved.
Mostly it's the descriptions that killed me. 86's use of language is amazing, he really spares nothing when it comes to description and doesn't talk down to his readers. The images he invokes are visceral and often unpleasant, but his wordsmithing is so wonderful you don't even notice. As a reader it was a pleasant surprise to read a book that acknowledges I have a brain! (Incarceron I'm looking at you)
By the end of Cathartes Aura and the Apocalypse Zoo I had forgotten I was reading poetry. This in and of itself is a huge accomplishment. I've studied so much theatre my brain tries to force everything into iambic pentameter. The characterization (can you call it that if they're all animals?) of every creature described and the narrator is three dimensional and consistent and the flow of the story rolls at an even measured pace that is both eerie and engaging.
I definitely recommend taking a chance on this one.