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Ecko Crouching Blackly,
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This review is from: Ecko Rising (Ecko 1) (Paperback)
I had high hopes of this, but they didn't last long. It started well enough in familiar SF dystopic future territory, but then switched abruptly into Fantasy. This might have worked except that the Fantasy was held at a distance, seen through the eyes of someone who didn't believe it was real, that it was all just a video game. But if none of it is real, why should the reader care? I certainly didn't. I found all of the characters, and indeed the whole fantasy world, two-dimensional. I don't know whether this was deliberate, but the result was just boredom. Ecko, the title character, is utterly baffling. If he were in this real world he would be a surly teenager wearing his trousers half way down his bottom and a baseball cap on backwards. In the book I struggled to think of him as a person at all. He swears a lot and spends most of his time crouching. Oh, and he has some superpowers. Character? None. Mercifully he is absent from much of the book leaving us in the company of the two-dimensional video-game people. Just so we don't get all these identical "people" mixed up the author helpfully gives them some verbal tics. One says "loco" a lot. Ecko, well he swears (and crouches) and blackness comes into it a lot too - his grin as black as a nightmare. Black as this, black as that.
On the positive side I read it all the way to its distant end. Most of the other reviews, which I blame for persuading me to read this, are very positive so maybe you will enjoy it.