Relationship Status by David Wailing is a fascinating tale about the 'what ifs' of social media going out of control.
This short story kept me interestRelationship Status by David Wailing is a fascinating tale about the 'what ifs' of social media going out of control.
This short story kept me interested until the end. I felt my own tension amplify as the suspense and mystery built until the climax. What I liked about this story was not only the horror and frightening suspense, but also the science fiction aspect of it. It really made me think, "What if," multiple times throughout the read....more
Indentured, book one of The Mystic Saga, was a pleasant surprise that left me thinking about the story for days after reading it. I am one of those thIndentured, book one of The Mystic Saga, was a pleasant surprise that left me thinking about the story for days after reading it. I am one of those that has a hard time getting into a book unless something grabs me, and this one did such almost right away. I ended up reading this book in about 3 sittings, reading most of it in two sittings.
The story is about Declan Stringfellow, a witty man who single handidly seeks to take down a crime ring. He winds up in the hospital, but still keeps his humor about him. Little does he know a simple MRI scan results him in being in a space ship 300 years in the future.
I really felt attached to Declan’s story, and liked his interaction with the other characters right away. The problem was, he really was the only character I cared about as the story progressed.
The plot itself was intriguing and I found myself telling others about this story because I found the idea of an MRI scanning your brain and harvesting your thoughts, memories, and brain waves, only to be used in the future, was an interesting idea. In a way, it was kind of spooky. It made me go, “Hmmm, I wonder if this could ever happen in real life,” which is exactly how a science fiction book should be.
The pacing of the story was pretty good, as it went from scene to scene where something always seemed to be happening. However, there was a small portion of the book that I felt dragged on a little and didn’t have that excitement that matched the beginning. Still, the book makes up for it at the end as everything starts to pick up and time travel is introduced.
The book sets itself up well for the sequels, making you actually want to read more. It may not be the most brilliant writing of all time, but it’s intriguing enough, and an easy read. For the price, it’s worth the look. There is definitely an entertainment value in Indentured, and may even leave you contemplating the book well after you finish. ...more
"It’s been a while since I read a young adult novel, and I am so glad I did here. Mad Science Institute was a lot of fun, and I enjoyed the ride while"It’s been a while since I read a young adult novel, and I am so glad I did here. Mad Science Institute was a lot of fun, and I enjoyed the ride while it lasted.
The story is of 16 year old Soap, who is exceptionally smart for her age, but a little bit of an awkward teenager. But what she lacks in social skills she makes up for ten fold with her inventions, brains, and heart. She is admitted to the Mad Science Institute at a young age, and for a while feels kind of like an outsider to all the older kids.
The book goes back and forth between Soap, (written in 1st person) and her cousin Dean (written in 3rd person) from chapter to chapter. Each chapter alternates between the two, and there’s also a count down to “Doomsday” as the story progresses.
The pacing of this book is great. Rarely did I ever feel like a scene was dragging on. I actually felt like all the scenes were the right length with just the right amount of action, dialog, and progression.
I really was happy to see Nikola Tesla mentioned in this book. All the gadgets and technology described made this book fascinating, and recommended for science fiction fans out there.
Though the actual writing was very good as far as character voice, flow, pacing and word usage I did find quite a few editing issues. There was missing, odd, or overly used punctuation in a few parts. The book probably just needs a once over and a little clean up of the writing. This, however, does not take away from the story and probably won’t be noticed by fast readers.
I think Sechin Tower is a great storyteller. Editing can always be fixed, but a great writer’s voice is always hard to acquire. I think Sechin Tower did a good job finding his voice, and wrote a fun and memorable story. I recommend this to young adults, or just those that are young at heart looking for a fun and quick read. ...more