on May 06, 2011
As described, this story is written through the eyes of an immature teen, one obsessed with 'ballsacks'. When I began reading, the constant use of the word 'ballsack' became a little tiresome. After I'd overcame this obstacle, I settled in to read the story. The girl's attempts to steal a glimpse of some nude males was faintly amusing, but the ending is farcical and rushed.
This story may amuse an immature teen, but this story did not titillate me.
A short book that introduces the idea of 'balancers'- creatures that exist to prevent the discovery of mythological beings such as sirens and vampires. The book is a perfect prequel; it whets the appetite and makes me believe that the Balancer Chronicles will be a pretty good read. However, in such a short text is was difficult to gain much insight and depth of the characters. I assume this is to be addressed in the full length novel, as Chris Adonn can clearly write well and has a good eye for a tale
I was very pleased to get a copy of Transfection to review- I am a bit of a science geek and was enthralled by the summary of the book. Sadly, the book fell short of my expectations. I felt like the plot was not suitable for a short story- there was simply too much to fit in so few pages. As a consequence of fitting in so much plot, the prose suffered- it didn't flow, was fragmented and was not an enjoyable read. This is a shame as I read Gaughran's other work, If You Go Into The Woods, and found it to be excellent. Gaughran can write well, but this book does not do him justice.
I really enjoyed these two stories. They were written with a great economy of words and were quite haunting. Other reviews do not like the fact that they do not tie up loose ends by the end of the story, but I liked this. Both stories stopped abruptly and left me reeling- the weirdness stayed with me and kept me guessing over what I'd just read!
Isle of Stumps is a collection of short stories. The title come from the first story where a man is cast adrift at sea after failing a initiation rite in some fantasy land, He ends up as a castaway on an island. The locals shun him as he was not mutilated at birth as they have been. I liked this story as it is a parody of the way societies divide along religious and ethnic lines, depite being the same species! I didn't like the way that the ending was suddenly thrust under my nose- it felt like I was being rushed. The ending requires explanation.
The middle story is about how men crack under the pressure of military training and will do anything to subvert the system. The men will go to ridiculous lengths just to get a sugar fix! This story is okay, I felt fairly ambivalent towards it. The writing is good enough, I just didn't feel moved by it and wasn't especially bothered what happened.
The third story concerns an invasion of robotic spiders. The writing flips between the mind of the beings controlling the robots and those of the humans dealing with 'spiders' in their house. My opinion of this story is much the same as the last one.
Bryan Dennis can certainly write well enough, I just feel the plots need a twist or better character development.
I feel this book is a great effort for a first novel- the author shows real promise. I agree with some othe reviews I have read; this book is very difficult to get through. However, I found the first half of the book easy to read, struggling with the latter half. I forgot the names of all the relevant characters, places and races, so my reading was disrupted as I tried to work out each person's affiliations. Furthermore, I found the battle scenes very lengthy. Other reviewers like these scenes, so perhaps it's a problem personal to me.