First off, let me say that Socialpunk is a great read. Teenager Ima finds out she's been living in a dome in virtual reality and ultimately decides to save everyone from said dome from genocide. Great story. I liked the characters, I liked the setting, I liked where everything went and how it ended up. This is definitely a four-star story. I will definitely be picking up the other two books from the trilogy as they are released.
All that being said I dropped a star because the book seemed to need a lot more proofreading than it got before release. The writing seemed unpolished. I'm assuming this is the author's first novel and after reading I'm confident there will be improvement in everything she releases in the future.
This second piece of work I've read by J. David Clarke definitely does not disappoint. His style and imagination shine through in Missing Time with an excellent science fiction story. After surviving a bus crash a group of kids develop strange powers unique to each individual. Struggling to figure out what's going on they realize they're being hunted and band together to find a solution. Every chapter is focused on a specific character and unfolds the story from each of their points of view. Clarke's unique writing style shine in this strange and wonderful story and I'm excited to see what comes next! Oh, and f*ck you Carl!
John Cheese is a funny guy. His articles for Cracked rarely fail to make me laugh out loud (for real, not in the lol sense), and this book is the same way. I really enjoyed the introductions to each chapter which give you a decent look into the man's mind. After each intro are a series of related (or unrelated, as it were) jokes that are unmistakably John Cheese. There were plenty of times during reading that I had to cover my mouth with my hand to stop myself from laughing at inappropriate times. Also included in the "About The Author" section at the end is an excellent short story that is actually my favorite part of the book. Although a little short this is well worth the 99 cent price tag. Here's to hoping there is more to come from John Cheese.
The book started off slightly slow, but the characters are very likable and the story gets good. Part one is pretty short and seems to be more of an introduction than a stand-alone work but it's understandable. I just found out that Part 2 was released recently and this book has me more than a little interested in Roper's dystopian world so I'll definitely be reading that one. Overall a good, short read.
Clarke's second book in the 313 trilogy beautifully confuses only to explain all (well most anyway) when you least expect it. The super powered teens from bus 313 are drawn back together to confront their worst fears! The chapters are laid out like the first book with each chapter being about a separate character, and the story jumps around through time. The book unexpectedly goes from superhero sci-fi to almost Lovecraftian horror and is exciting the whole way through. The first book was great and this one even better. I recommend it!
These 11 stories cover a variety of genres. A. Sparrow has a wild imagination and spins excellent tales. Any of these could be spun into a full length novel. My favorite story here is The Latch Key League. "George" could be the star of a full blown series. I really enjoyed this compilation. Mr. Sparrow deserves a lot more recognition than he gets.