This is my first read of Alistair Potter's and when I can carve some time out of my hectic life, I will be reading more. First off, Potter's writing sThis is my first read of Alistair Potter's and when I can carve some time out of my hectic life, I will be reading more. First off, Potter's writing style is fluid and easy to follow. It was easy and natural to get into the story, and as someone with precious little brain power to spare, this was highly appreciated. The main character is a sheriff at a crossroads, of sorts, between two universes, who is investigating the murder of an exiting ambassador. I mention Outland and Wool in the title, because the main character felt familiar to me, and those two stories came to mind. Some might not like that - I enjoyed it very much, because I didn't have to spend my aforementioned brain power trying to paint a picture in my mind, and was instead able to focus on the story.
Why four stars instead of five? I reserve five-star for really great books. Potter has it within him to get there, but doesn’t quite do it with Perax Frontier. Easily fixed is the cover – the writing inside deserves more than the depiction on the outside. From a writing standpoint, there were a number of extraneous named characters that probably didn’t need to be there, and made me use brain power on them – there’s that brain power again. Lastly, I had to take one too many leaps of faith on subplots and world building. None of those are book killers, but were enough to garner four instead of five stars. Okay, one more—the book was too short! I would have liked more words to enjoy!
Overall, the book is definitely worth reading. I like Alistair Potter’s style....more
329 Years Awake is a complex tale of plausible historical explanation tied to a believable speculative future. As someone who relishes well-thought ou329 Years Awake is a complex tale of plausible historical explanation tied to a believable speculative future. As someone who relishes well-thought out plot lines with limited (or no) holes in them, the book's complexity was appealing. Additionally, I love fiction books where I learn something, and I certainly learned a few things on these pages. The story spans centuries, continents, worlds, species, and once you get going, leads you to continue turning the page. And the global warming/failed fix angle is appreciated. Sorry to all non-believers in climate change. If you lack the intellectual capacity to understand what's happening to our planet, then this book is probably not for you.
I read precious few books these days, and feel cheated when I don't get fully engrossed. I'm happy to report that 329 did not leave me feeling cheated in any way. Why then four stars instead of five? I tend to reserve the highest rating for books that really blow me away - if I could give 4.5, I would. This one came close, but for the very item that separates it from the pack - the complexity - it would have garnered five stars. The shear number of locations and characters forced my brain to work a little too much, and I found myself rereading sections to remember or clarify things. Additionally, it is difficult to convey complexity without "telling" it, and there is a fair amount of "tell." This brought me out of the moment in a number of locations, and I had to push to get back in.
Otherwise, let's talk the positives: - Well written prose that is polished and well edited. - Intriguing, intriguing, intriguing. - Aliens. - Conspiracy. - History. - Aliens. - Did I say aliens and conspiracy?...more
David Tucker has crafted a very interesting "world" in which his characters are delivered to us. I tend to staA well thought out back story/universe.
David Tucker has crafted a very interesting "world" in which his characters are delivered to us. I tend to stay away from a lot of dystopian fiction without context (e.g. like post-apocalyptic) because so much thought has to be expended on understanding what the back drop looks like, rather than focusing on the plot. My main knock on Genesis is that it fell into this mold. The amount of back story Mister Tucker explains to the reader got overwhelming at times. Combined with the complexity introduced by the multiple facets of the main character, it caused me to put the book down earlier than I would have wanted on a couple occasions. Still, once you become comfortable with the universe at large, the story reads well, and I found it enjoyable to dig into.
If dystopian sci-fi is your bag, and/or you like richly detailed back story descriptions, then you won't be disappointed with Genesis. For me, the couple things I mention put this at a 3.5 star rating. Since I can't rate it 3.5, and another reviewer had the same, but dropped it to 3, I'm raising mine to 4. ...more
I must say that the genre of Unfathomable Chance is a bit out of my wheelhouse, as it caters to more of a YA audience.A fun read with whimsical flair.
I must say that the genre of Unfathomable Chance is a bit out of my wheelhouse, as it caters to more of a YA audience. Because of this, the first chapters were difficult to get through. But then, once I got to know the main characters, and understand the plot a little better, I found it to be more enjoyable.
The protagonist, Diane, is a reluctant future ruler of the universe, chosen in her youth by a cosmic bracelet that decides such things. She is hounded by a myriad of suitors from all sorts of different planets/races who want to rule at her side. Her sidekick is a cat - who knew that cats on Earth are aliens? Soon, she finds herself embroiled in a mystery of what happened to the previous bearer.
Pros: - This is a fast read - the pages turn quickly - It has a little bit of everything: romance, mystery, adventure - and space!
Cons: - The sheer volume of names and places quickly became confusing. I found that when a new name presented itself, I simply ignored it. Otherwise it would have been too cumbersome to get through. - The story had no lead up to get me introduced to the main characters. Combined with the above, it contributed to the first chapters being difficult to get through. - I would have preferred more descriptive scenes and characters. As it was, I found many characters and places lacking differentiation.
Overall, if this style/genre is your thing, then it is a fun time....more