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BLOCKS [Kindle Edition]

Tara Basi , Graeme Maughan , Chris Coady
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Length: 221 pages (estimated)
  • Collection: BLOCKS (Book 1)
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Book Description

After a century long absence the dysfunctional crew of a prototype spaceship return to a verdant Earth to find the cities deserted and mankind missing. Thirteen gargantuan monoliths, each one occupying an area larger than Tokyo and standing taller than Everest, are the only clues to the fate of humanity. The enigmatic ebony structures, the Blocks, squat silently on the surface of the world seemingly without purpose or meaning.

A few half-savage children struggle for survival in the shadow of the silent brooding Blocks knowing they cannot escape their attention for much longer.

Searching for answers the crew and the children each find their way inside one huge monolith to discover that its’ secrets are far more bizarre and horrific than they ever imagined.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1229 KB
  • Print Length: 221 pages
  • Publisher: Tara Basi (4 Aug. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #252,192 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tara Basi is a novelist, playwright and scriptwriter. His work has achieved recognition through national award schemes, with Masterminders being shortlisted for the Novel Prize in 2012. His play "15" was performed at London's Lyric Theatre in summer 2014.

Tara has two novels available.

Blocks I: Battery Boy
Is the first volume of a dystopian si-fi trilogy. The second two volumes will be published in 2015. Blocks II: The Owners; reveals the nature of the Block builders, their motives and their own struggle with a mysterious race called the Shard both of whom come in to conflict with the characters from Blocks I. Blocks III: Eden; completes the story of Blocks and follows some of the characters from Blocks I and the remnants of mankind as they settle on a new world, Eden, and their ultimate return to Earth.

Tara says that Blocks was influenced by the works of Mervyn Peake, specifically Titus Groan, particularly the idea that a structure can be a central character in a narrative. In the case of Titus Groan and its sequel it is Gormenghast Castle.

Is the hilarious and touching adventures of two young boys growing up on a remote Scottish island. Tara has indicated that the book is very very loosely autobiographical. Tara attended a primary school in Inverness run by nuns. When he was growing up he was called Terry. The author leaves you to decide what else might be real and what is surreal. Tara has said that Bobby's character was influenced by the writing of John Kennedy Toole.

Tara's other projects include:

The Orb
This is Tara's latest novel which will be published in 2015. It also explores the idea of how mankind might react to an encounter with an inscrutable alien object. The story is told under the veneer of a murder mystery and a detective story, though that's only a very small part of the journey.

Change Up
Is a surreal and comic adventure of a change consultant engaged by a mysterious organisation running a government experiment on the complete outsourcing of local government to another country. It is set in Whitstable. This novel is very much a work in progress and is to be published before 2016.

Represents a significant change in style for Tara and is influenced by the works of Kafka. It is scheduled to be published in 2015.

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This is quite a dystopian book. The main characters are mostly well-written as are the action scenes (of which there are many). There are also some great evocative location descriptions. I know there is at least one sequel to this book which I look forward to reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good science fiction with a touch of humour. 18 Sept. 2014
By Carol
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Kept me turning the page, with good tension and pace. Good storey line with interesting characters and amusing narrative. The mysteries of the blocks are slowly unravelled but not completely revealed. Looking forward to the sequels next year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly good 1 Feb. 2015
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I was not sure what to make of this story at the start. It is actually quite a good concept. I found it was pulling me back in each time I put it down. A few proofreading errors but not enough to spoil the flow of this book. It would have been useful to have a list of contents at the start as unable to flip between chapters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing 22 Aug. 2014
By shandy
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I liked the premise of the story. You are dropped slap bang into it and have to figure out the story as it goes along. Looking forward to the next book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 21 Oct. 2014
By robstan
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depressingly enjoyable tale.
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