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Shard Mountain

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  71 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Charles Rogers, a young computer geek, thought he was going to prison, but an unexpected bus accident changes his life forever. He wakes up more than five-hundred years later in a dark metal tomb, where a computer generated hologram informs him that he's now the property of the Synaptech corporation, and that technically, he's no longer a human being.

This begins Charles' q
Paperback, 452 pages
Published June 13th 2010 by Createspace (first published June 1st 2010)
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Article first published as Book Review:Shard Mountain by Joseph Mitchell on Blogcritics.

On his way to prison for a crime as simple as excess parking tickets created a nightmare for Charles Rogers. A computer geek to his bones he still does not understand the process that put him in this place at this time. Along with a few other prisoners and guards his life is about to take a turn into the ‘Twilight Zone.’

The accident came out of nowhere, as the prison van moved to pass a military convoy, a ta
Good premise and good story. Good price, too. :) But, it would have been an easy 5 if it had explained more about the past world. Why were the main characters imprisoned for petty crimes? The ending also implies that there will be sequels, but so far nothing. Still, the story is quite enjoyable and the world that the author has created is a rich and interesting one.
The idea behind the story is quite good, but the author goes overboard with the drug taking scenes. For instance, the middle book could have been left out and you wouldn't have lost too much in the storyline.
Steven Hawk
Joseph Mitchell has crafted a wonderful piece of work with Shard Mountain. Reading this book is like watching a master juggler at work. He keeps dozens of creative balls, artistic daggers and literary chainsaws in the air simultaneously. And drops nary a one.

The story centers around two petty criminals, Charles and Jake, who meet on their bus ride to prison. One is a geek with too many unpaid tickets; the other, a stoner who jaywalked at the absolute worst time. The bus is in an accident with a
Hmmm where to begin.

There are two main problems with this book.

The first is that 2/3 of it is at least a 3 stars book, but the other 1/3 is a zero. Anyone who's read it will know which 1/3 I'm referring to. Yes, the taking drugs third. Why on earth the author thought anyone would be interested in reading about Jake getting high is beyond me. It served no purpose whatsoever, except to make me like his character even less.

And that brings me to the second problem. Who can enjoy a book where they d
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Every time I pick this up to try to read it, I hear the echo of my boyfriend's mocking laughter and am reminded of his response to this book's title: "Sounds like a pile of shard to me...."

....and I put the book down again.
Great book. Well developed characters. I could not put the book down in certain parts.
Good concept... BAD execution. Too bad.
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Joseph Mitchell, author of Shard Mountain, is a lifelong fan of science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories, both books and movies. A long-time computer geek and tabletop role-playing gamer, his hobbies include computer animation and first-person-shooter level design. A reclusive hermit who lives a boring life, existing almost entirely in cyberspace. Currently, he lives in northeastern Pennsylvan ...more
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