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Hope's Truth [Paperback]

Stuart Olds
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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tricorn Books (1 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956759726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956759726
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,436,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worse than childish 26 Feb 2012
I received this book as a gift, no doubt as the author is also from Bristol and has appeared on local radio and at local events and I have enjoyed reading other sci-fi books in the past. On beginning to read it I was *shocked* at the ineptitude of the author and proofreader. If you click Amazon's "Look inside" you can see for yourself: hundreds of ridiculous errors in spelling, grammar and phrasing in the first few pages alone... possibly the most annoying being characters that constantly refer to each other by their ludicrous sci-fi names in full when they're the only two people in the room. The book is unreadable, I've given up a few pages in. I'm sure every other review here is from a fake account or a friend of the author. So, to summarise: This is *dreadful*, check the amazon preview if you don't believe me. No-one should read this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea ... 17 April 2012
... 'cup of tea' gets mentioned a lot in the book though!

I'm not really a Sci-Fi fan; it was the mention of 'Eco' that drew me to this book. However, I only really saw anything relating to Eco in the final few pages. The ending of the book itself I found to be rushed.

It is nice to see the semi-colon isn't dying out, and there was some good descriptive writing in some scenes, but I noticed quite a few editing errors. The ones that I remember being: the wrong use of 'there' / 'their' / 'they're'; 'along' instead of 'a long', and 'loose' instead of 'lose'. All pretty basic really.

An improvement (maybe for future editions) would be spacing between paragraphs where the scene changes - perhaps with an asterisk between - as at times I found it hard to grasp when there was a switch to which character we were following.

There were times when I questioned whether something was correct; perhaps I should have written them all down when I did. The ones that spring to mind are:
*Travelling in a spaceship over a polar cap, the pilot says he'll "turn the heating up". This craft is from a planet 4000 years ahead of Earth, where we already have thermostatic heating.
*A confusion over poisonous and venomous snakes: poisonous is when you bite or swallow something, venomous when it bites you. There are only two known poisonous snakes in the world.
*There seems to be a jump in time of around ten years at one point. We are in around 2001/02 at one stage, working from the time the character left school and how long he'd been working; the next it mentions we are 33 years on from 1978.

Since finishing this book I've lent it to two others; they've both handed it back, not being able to get past the first ten pages.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not What You Think It Will Be 16 Oct 2011
When I started reading Hope's Truth I thought "I know where this is going". But I was very wrong. Every time a new plot thread emerged and I started thinking forward to my logical interpretation of it, I got dashed by surprise plot twists and exciting developments. Thoroughly surprising and enjoyable read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wet day read 3 Jun 2011
By jimjam
Format:Kindle Edition
Last Bank Holiday Monday I was sat in a beach hut on Beer beach Devon sheltering out of the rain reading my Kindle book. A voice suddenly out of the blue asked me if I liked my Kindle and what I thought of it. Quite a few people had done the same. This gentleman then said he had written a book, his first and that it was available on Amazon to download......he also added that he had just done his first book signing and had some good reviews. Out of interest I ordered a sample and away I went.
It was a very good read and it had some eco moral thoughts on saving the planet. Not quite my normal read, but this man has talent and I look forward to more from him in the future.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I was fortunate enough to meet author Stuart Olds at the Bristol Comic Expo last weekend. He had a small table where he was selling copies of his debut novel, HOPE'S TRUTH, and I stumbled upon him quite by accident.

Stuart is incredibly passionate about both his work and the future of our planet (which forms the basis for this novel.) His passion is evident on every page and is only enhanced when you speak with him about it.

Stuart manages to put the science into his fiction, a feat many other sci-fi authors seem to forget. I highly recommend this book if you're looking to try something a little different, and I look forward to the inevitable sequel.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! 11 Mar 2011
By Gail
Such an imaginative storyline, the attention to detail brings the book to life. Going from a civilization on a planet in deep space exhausted by human greed to earth 1800bc. This is a very complex but extremely well thought out book. The author has really made positive use and turned around his own experiences to create this great piece of work. I couldn't put the book down as I wanted to see what the characters would be up to next and what they would be confronted with. Makes you stop and think too... Well recommended.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible 24 Mar 2012
By Bob
Self-indulgent and amateurish tosh. I had to cut my reading of this book short because it was starting to frustrate me. And for those comments calling for this to be made into a film, you are bonkers!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an unexpected twist with provocing ideas 9 Mar 2011
By sammy
I found this book to be so much more then just a scifi novel. Its packed with plenty of info and has a great story line with an unexpected twist. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book,it includes romance a bit of raunchiness!!! adventure and thought provocing ideas,an easy yet interesting book. it would make a fab film!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars SS watch out!
Fantastic book, can't stop thinking about the characters. Read it in two days. Highly recommended. Should be made into a movie.
Published 9 months ago by debbie aubrey
5.0 out of 5 stars future altering read
This book tells of a possible future for our own planet and humanity. Brave to challenge all religious idealism and give the option that mother nature is the only real force in all... Read more
Published 21 months ago by S Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope to all
I met the author and bought a signed copy. I love sci-fi so I couldn't wait to read something new in Hope's Truth. It was a great story with twists that I did not expect. Read more
Published on 10 Aug 2012 by Boo Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars i cant wait to see his next book
i was in sailsbury on the weekend i was looking for a new book to read i bumped in to stuart olds doing books signings and i am glad i did i was reading his book and thinking i... Read more
Published on 8 Mar 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend this book
I could not put this book down. It is a highly interesting and intriguing story which also carries a message to all our hearts. Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2012 by M Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read, look forward to more books from Stuart
I started reading Hope's Truth fairly slowly but soon found myself devouring the book as events unfolded and I was longing to find out what happened next. Read more
Published on 16 Oct 2011 by C. Dhanjal
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING !!!!!
I only purchased this book to read by chance by seeing the author in Southampton Waterstones buying a book to read on my pending holiday. Read more
Published on 4 Sep 2011 by Mark, Kaz & Jaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
This book should deffinately be turned into a film. I couldnt't put it down.
This is a must read! I can't wait to read more of his books.
Published on 7 Aug 2011 by Bex
5.0 out of 5 stars A father's day Sci-Fi
My wife and daughters bought me `Hopes Truth' as a father's day present; they also met Stuart in Waterstones Bristol and got talking to him about the novel and the severe bi-polar... Read more
Published on 25 July 2011 by Dallas
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