An enjoyable read!,
This review is from: Radar Alert (Hardcover)
This is the first book I've read by this Writer, and was drawn to the graphics (on the Badger paperback edition) which were always attractive and amazing in this particular genre during the 60s, and from what I believe to be the best era for sci-fi stories like this in my opinion.
The style of writing is decidedly `odd' and feels strange upon first acquaintance - but after a while, though having a somewhat awkward start, does get better and more understandable as it goes along. It's as if at first the Writer is simply using a mere attempt at drawing out a very simple story, but to say this with any conviction would be unfair and unjust having finished the book and enjoyed it. It is though, I might add, a characteristic that does help in making the story rather more exciting for the use - as any anticipation does.
Okay; so the story does not seem so original and pretty tame by todays' standards - but remember; it is fifty years old and so there's been plenty of time for others to copy it! The point of escape from the padded cell is decidedly `rushed' though in my opinion, and considering the length other parts far less significant are drawn out, this at least could really have been spread over a single chapter. (of which are pretty short in this book anyway)
Reading this made a lovely change from the endless novels churned out today. It was something simple and easy to follow, without the numerous unnecessary characters often included in modern novels in attempt to seem more sophisticated, that merely end up being an overcrowded and insignificant `jumble'.
Being a Reader of modern sci-fi, but loving the stuff that came from yesterday, I shall certainly be reading more by this Writer!