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2287 A.D. - AFTER DESTRUCTION (The Ashlyn Chronicles - Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Where-as it made a nice change to have a strong female character, equal to her male counterpart - I found the totally gratuitous nudity laughable. Her male partner gains respect by his abilities and his deeds. His female partner, however, though equally quick thinking and capable of exactly the same 'daring-do' deeds - may only gain equal respect if she is also stunningly beautiful and naked, more-or-less throughout. Obviously meant to simply titivate male readers, and with obvious designs of future 'film rights'. Likewise the 'Free alternative covers' - also laughable - as our Heroine has clearly undergone a boob job between cover one and two - and yet another between cover two and three. Again, designed for the male readers. All of which comes across to me as the authors failing to have confidence in their own work as it stands, and relying on gimmicks - rather than their own joint talent, to induce people to buy their book, probably based on the principal that 'Sex Sells' - even if the story doesn't.
To those readers driven insane by lack of proof reading - you may rest assured that the only errors you will find in the Kindle version is two separate pages which have been duplicated.
In answer to the criticisms (fake or real) of the book on religious grounds, my reply would be that this is a novel, a work of fiction, an alternative concept only,
Likewise, in response to the (supposedly) heavy complaints of pornography - if readers buy this book believing it to be a book of porn - you'll be very disappointed. It isn't.
I found this book to be an entertaining read - thought the 'melding' of two characters to become a third, a bit of a cop-out but the alternative ending an excellent and original twist - yet once again, spoilt for me personally. by page after page of unbelievably corny, cheap, school boy comic book gimmick warnings. One simple warning would have been sufficient.
Being generous, I have given this book 3 stars - without all the afore mentioned gimmicks and gratuitous titivation - I would probably have given it 5.
In short the authors need a good editor - hopefully book 2 will be better constructed.
By fifty pages in, I was thinking of ways to provide constructive criticism to the author. I'm no professional editor, and I wouldn't claim to possess great expertise in this area, but you don't need either to see a mess. By two hundred pages, I'd given up, and wanted the pain to just stop. I'd given up wanting to encourage the author to improve - it's rare, but sometimes the world would be slightly better off had the author never published. But I detest abandoning a story, so I persevered. My determination wasn't well rewarded.
The overall story arc is convoluted and incoherent. It simply makes little sense, except in the most abstract senses. It attempts to link together half a dozen disparate crackpot conspiracy theories into a whole. Mayan prophecies, pyramid power, and several mainstream religions are all twisted into an unhappy spaghetti. The science fiction element is misleading: the author says in his Amazon blurb that he prefers to avoid explanations of how future tech works (and I can respect that point of view) but sadly he goes too far the other way and fails to explain what on earth (pun not intended, given the claim in the book that this planet isn't the original Earth) is going on. While individual characterisations are fairly consistent (though many bit-parts are too similar to one another), motivations are lacking, and huge events often happen for no apparent reason other than the author needed them to in order to achieve the next unlikely pseudo-crisis. Characters die and are brought back from the dead repeatedly. A child of indeterminate age is mutilated in a graphically horrible sequence, yet shows no signs of emotional or mental trauma (a weak explanation is given for this one, but way too late and woefully inadequate). And a final "optional" cliffhanger brings to mind the famous scene from Dallas where Bobby Ewing wakes up mid-shower.
I'm the kind of reader who rarely givens negative reviews (not that I write many reviews at all). Even heavily flawed novels usually have some positive elements that, if not precisely excusing the weaker parts, at least give some sugar to help the medicine go down. This does not. In the world of film and televisual media, sometimes a film can be described as "so bad it's good". That's less true of books, where the written word is all the stimulus available. This book is so bad, it's awful on nearly every level. The author's linguistic skills are adequate - there are issues, such as frequently failing to wrap a character's words in quotation marks, and (like many poorly edited books) a comma or two here and there would be nice, but on the whole the use of words, sentences and paragraphs are fine. It's just that what they say reads like the attempts of a teenager to combine his favourite half-remembered wet dreams (about the actress whose approximate likeness is used on the cover, perhaps) with the diary of an emotionally crumbling malcontent disillusioned with his domestic life, and mix it all in with with every far-out idea he's ever had about time, space, religion, aliens, rape, threesomes, swords, sorcery, gods and superpowers, with no consideration given to whether it should be done, or why, or how, other than to mash them together and hope they stick.
If I had to compare this with another title for a point of reference, I'd concede that it contains sections that are vaguely reminiscent of the aforementioned E.E."Doc" Smith's "The Galaxy Primes"… but the comparison fades quickly. That book isn't literary genius, but it's exciting pulp fun. This book… well, it's neither of those things. It's difficult to come up with any summary except 'dire'. Aside from the length, I would not be surprised to find the author (or authors - there appears to be some uncertainty about whether it's one person's work or more) was still at school, and barely pubescent - only the claim of fifteen years research suggests otherwise. That research was clearly into such madness as the fake moon landing conspiracy theorists' ravings, and those who claim the pyramids were built by aliens and serve as stellar power collectors. In fact, upon writing that, I realise what this book really reminds me of: Timecube.com . If you read that site (which is, sadly, not a parody - the author of the site has appeared more than once on TV to defend his delusions, just check YouTube) and find it funny, you might find this book funny in a similar vein. There you are - I've found a potential positive outcome for it. The outcome I feel the book deserves, however, is employment as a firelighter.
I'm a mid-40s well educated middle class man in the UK, I've been an avid reader since before I was supposed to be able to read, and this is in all honesty the worst book I can recall. I appreciate that this sounds like exaggeration and hyperbolae. It's not. I'm genuinely sad to write a review like this: I do not wish to discourage an author from writing, or cause anyone emotional distress. But to this author I must say that at the very least, this book needs a major rewrite. There are some interesting themes buried in there which could, in theory, be extracted and re-woven into a decent story. But this is not that story.
in the same way eating tainted meat is.The authors sexual ego is vividly displayed at any opportunity,why?
The science part of the book,you must prepare to suspend all belief and indulge of paragraphs of drivel.
This book will be ok for you if you are very easily satisfied or suffer from insomnia it will send you too sleep
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