Amos Batto

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  • Soul Bonds: Book 1 Circles of Light series on Aug. 07, 2012

    A decent story if you want to escape into a fantasy world for a day and don't mind being dragged along for 5 more volumns afterwards. Toward the end of the 1st book I noticed a number of typographical errors. The story has a lot of characters to keep track of and many of them are rather one-sided and undeveloped. There are some nice imaginative elements to the world building, but it is pure escapist pap, with little literary or philosophical depth. There was an opportunity for a stimulating exploration of pacifism, but it is presented in such a simplistic way that it doesn't even seem like a real struggle for Min to abandon his belief in pacifism. E. M. Sinclair should have at least presented some of the counter arguments of Martin Luther King Jr and Gandhi before having the protagonists abandon pacifism. Finally, I found the character development of Rakhi, the principal antagonist, very weak. I would have liked to understand why he turned to evil and what happened between him and his sister in their youth.
  • Raven's Key: A Novel on Aug. 19, 2012

    I enjoyed all the bizarre references to mythology and history. There are a number of typos and errors in the text. I jotted down a few in case the author reads these reviews: After Anu had taught him how to travel through these timelines, Marduk leaned to successfully manipulate them to serve his own interests. Should br "learned". The twin brother is thirty-seven years old at the time of his arrival. Should be "twenty-seven". Ill answer all you questions.” Susan led the detective into Maeve’s apartment. should be "I'll" “There are stories that Cortez sent emeralds of this sort back to Europe during his brutal conquest of the Aztecs during the 17th century, Should be "16th Century"
  • The Confederacy of Heaven on Aug. 20, 2012

    A delightfully gritty story. I loved the descripiton of the quipu magic and nomadic clan life. The end with the journey to the stars was a little disorienting and too fast in my opinion, but it was definitely a great read. I can only hope that we have a real confederation of the stars to stop humanity from destroying our planet. I only saw one typo in the whole book: She was going to argue more, but all of a sudden Temujin bent down and kissed her roughly on the check. It should be "cheek". By the way, the word for the person who manages the quipu (knotted cord) is "quipucamayoc" in Spanish or "khipukamayuq" in Quechua, not "khipucamayo" as it appears in the book. You are mixing Spanish and Quechua spelling and leaving off the ending. The word comes from: khipu (knotted cord) + kama (to manage) + yuq (with)
  • Mighty Hammer Down on Oct. 20, 2012

    I enjoyed some of the discussion of science and philosophy. Guyton has definitely read Descartes and some other philosophers about the limits of knowledge and perception. Unfortunately, the book reads like a continuous right-wing diatribe against multiculturalism, postmodernism and pacifism. If you are an Ayn Rand fan and die-hard anti-communist you will definitely enjoy this book. However, it grated on my nerves, not only because I disagreed with many of the arguments of the protagonists, but also because Guyton paints socialism, multiculturalism and cultural relativism in such cartoonish simplicity; and then attributes them to unmitigated psychopaths who just want power and enjoy inflicting pain on others. Basically the good guys get all the right wing political beliefs and the evil guys get attributed with all the left-wing political beliefs. The story is refighting US politics in an alternative universe with gods, mages and magical swords. I will give it kudos for creativity, but the right wing talking points are repeated ad nauseam in one political speech after another.