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This review is from: Bugz :Contact (Book Zero): 1 (Hardcover)
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As a science fiction fan one of my biggest woes is poorly written work in the genre. The ideas portrayed in science fiction are often abstract and strange to comprehend. However, the best authors make even the most complex of ideas an ease to understand and enjoy. David Jackson's `Bugz' does the exact opposite. Personally I found the central storyline was actually rather simple - tiny intelligent beings manipulating the world of man. However, it was written is such a ham fisted way that many parts were almost unreadable. A book can be intelligent and academic without reading like gibberish.
The worst parts of the book by far were those in the Bugz universe. The over use of Z in every word smacked of old fashioned and lazy sci fi writing. Also the calling every characters Zot, Zit, Ziet, Zill etc or whatever is a quick route to reader confusion. The human parts of the book were better and if the entire setting had been here a half decent novel would have been released. On a more positive note the actually quality of paper and illustration is of the highest order - pity about the content.
`Bugz' feels too much like one author's clever idea that failed in translation from brain to page. Perhaps Jackson was striving to write an epic novel of historic portions, but he ended up with a whimper. One final thing, when trying to come up with the name you can give a species of tiny super beings you HAVE to come up with a better name than Bugz. It would be funny if it was not so sad.