- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 858 KB
- Print Length: 200 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1490310193
- Publisher: Edward Ian Kendrick; 4 edition (3 Dec. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CQS9U5U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #628,910 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I found this book hard to put down and even when I was reluctantly parted with it I carried Gita around in my head. It's well-written and intriguing, with a plot that is beautifully crafted and never obvious. I can't recommend it highly enough.
I really enjoyed this journey into the mind of another. It's a journey within a journey and as such is quite a complex read. Not boring or complicated though, a really great read. For those that don't like Sci-Fi this is still a book I'd recommend. Hard to review without spoiling he plot! but if you like any of the following, read it : sex, space, art, people, being alone, thinking, relationships, parents, life.
I have both the Kindle and the paper versions.
Small point; this could have done with another session of copy editing and proof reading before going to print, but even saying that, a few (minor) errors in spelling/grammar didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book. (In fairness, too, I think that's the case with most self-published books; a publishing house can afford to employ expensive, freelance proofing services; if you're on your own, you don't have that resource.)
The way the author puts across Gita's state of mind, the way he also manages to keep the pace and interest up even though for a large section of the book, Gita is alone, basically, talking to herself, is excellent. Also, I came to really care about Gita, about how she would deal with the situation she gets in (SPOILERS) and how everything would end for her.
I got the print version because I'm old and can't be doing with all that e-reader stuff, plus you can't take an e-reader in the bath, and in my opinion it's definitely worth the extra few bob to get the paperback edition.
In short? BUY IT.
The story focuses on Gita's time in isolation and how she struggles to maintain her sanity whilst facing her own personal demons. The author brings vibrant colour and soul to the story using Gita's artwork which provides a wonderful contrast to the bleak solitude of the ship.
A truely insightful and well written exploration of the human psyche that should grip any reader.
This is science fiction in the best sense - that of using an imagined future to examine and explore the nature of humanity, this novel explores the themes of emotional development, creativity, isolation and the intrinsic human need to belong and be acknowledged.
Left as a caretaker for a vast space ship full of sleeping colonists after an unusual accident, Gita battles to come to terms with her life, her choices and key figures from her past and present, and must make fundamental choices about the paths of personal development she will take in order to reach her future.
The main protagonist is endearing in her imperfections and honest self-appraisal, the setting is detailed enough to be very real but not so technical and futuristic that it becomes tedious.
The story never quite takes the expected turn and there are plenty of surprising swerves and innovative ideas to keep you guessing and pondering!
Gita, the ships artist (and our leading lady) finds herself in a new role as the vessel's lone care taker, following a malfunction and the rest of the crew leaving for a repair ship.
We follow Gita and her long isolation as she paints, cares for the ship's sleeping passangers and deals with her demons. She looks back on her life with some very interesting aids.
Don't be fooled; this book reveals many interesting characters whilst we gain an intriguing insight into Gitas solitary journey.
Gita very quickly became a part of my life.
So well written and so very visual, Blank Canvas is a believable, thought provoking, must have read.
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