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Ghost Of The Black by Alan Baxter
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Apr 21, 10

bookshelves: dark-fiction, intrigue, ebook, supernatural, aliens
Read from April 14 to 16, 2010

Ghost Of The Black by Alan Baxter really had the potential to be a good story. some of the elements were there but it rushed toward the end of the story. Also the transition between scenes in some places was unimaginative, merely a spaceflight to a new place or a fight and the new scenes started. The plot line was good, but the characters, including the "hero" were all stereotypical.

Baxter's Ghost of the Black and my appreciation of it may have been affected by its brevity. It is a very difficult task to develop intense characters in novellas and short stories and Ghost Of The Black is not an exception to this problem.

The story line has so much potential for a longer work and I think I'm biased because that's really what it made me want, a longer work were Baxter could explore the characters more and really add some depth to the story. I really like the plot, I just think both the "hero" and the "villian" could have been much rounder characters.

I actually wish we had a score that was a two-and-a-half because there were aspects of this story that I really liked, but there were also aspects I felt were only okay, so given the choices offered I had to give it two stars, though in truth it falls somewhere between two and three.
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04/14/2010 page 9 "Baxter's lead character seems as dark as the scum he's after. Interesting..."
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Kevis Hendrickson I have to admire this reader for her candidness. Although I personally disagree with the low score she gave the book, I think she has thoroughly explained why so many people give low ratings to short stories. The brevity of this book, like many other short stories, seems to leave the reader wanting more. Hence, even though the story is well-written and wonderfully executed, it gets a low score. This review has confirmed a long-held suspicion on my part that my own short stories are rated poorly primarily because of the length, or rather lack of it.


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