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Eyestandia: or... The way other people might see us by [Shroll, Lynn]
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About the Author

Born in London, Lynn Shroll now lives in Hampshire. Her love of writing, for all and every occasion, ultimately led her to do an Open University short-course in creative writing. Her other interests include ballroom dancing and learning Italian. She says her foxtrot although not very good is better than her Italian subjunctive!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 854 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (9 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H89PSYE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #905,156 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A cleverly written satire which made me laugh outloud, grieve for the death of a child, and despise the character of Toby Lyre. The author has cleverly captured the speech rythymns and cadences of the latter, when he spoke I could hear another familiar voice in my head.... And always I needed to know what happened next and had to keep on reading.
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I would not be surprised if the book might one day become a film! The satire can be seen only if you have a certain perspective of life, people like Toby Lyre certainly won't find it funny but I know many people who will love this book and will find it inspiring.
Eyestandia is full of very interesting ideas and opportunities to look at our own world from a different perspective.
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A wonderful read. Loved it! A well structured and imaginative story. Truly thought provoking and an interesting perspective on how others would view Earth and how a new society can live in harmony without greed,money or power. I would definitely book a ticket to the world of Eyestandia!
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Format: Paperback
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, hugely entrrtaining and thought provoking. Need more background on writer should this book be promoted more ?
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x92ef42e8) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
HASH(0x92f5a2d0) out of 5 stars Heavy-handed, and short on the satire. 13 Jan. 2014
By Jason Norbury - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Thanks to NetGalley.com for early access to this book.
What would happen if the descendants of the last survivors from Earth, looking for sanctuary, finally reach another civilised planet?
I like the idea of a good, rough satire of the powerful. Afflict the comfortable and all that. I was looking forward to settling down and getting pointed criticism of our modern culture, similar as the British culture is to our American culture. The criticism was there, and it was decidedly pointed.
It was also extremely heavy-handed in the beginning of the book. The first section of the book felt more like a screed against unrestrained capitalism than a satirical examination of our flaws as humans (and bankers). This was done surely to set the stage for the events that followed, but in the main made the first section of the book rather tiresome to get through.
The middle of the book, exploring the development of new culture on the bones of the old, was a good and, I would guess, a fair estimate of what would transpire if people of Earth, warts and all, were suddenly transported to a nearly utopian world without need or want. But again, it fell short of the promised satire.
The twist to reach a conclusion in this book was clever, if a bit of a reach, and had probably more satirical potential that was realized. Overall, however, I just found the story rather flat, and it would have been difficult to recover from a very preachy and overdone beginning.
HASH(0x92f5a774) out of 5 stars Great premise, poor execution 19 Mar. 2014
By marilynrhea - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book has all the earmarks of a great read. It just needs some more editing, because we readers already know the problems of society here on earth. We don't need to have all of that reexplained in such detail to us. It is well written, just long on prose. If the writer would tighten up the story, I think this could be the start of a new series. It is interesting to think that maybe we are being observed from afar, and what do these aliens think of us and our society. I would definitely give this author another read, because she definitely has a good point of view.
This book was given to me to preview from NetGalley.
HASH(0x92f604e0) out of 5 stars Interesting 19 Jan. 2014
By Michelle Z. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This was a great idea but the story was overburdened with pessimism and excessive conversation. I wanted to love this book. And while it was good, it was so very long winded. If this story had less back story (ie less intense evaluation of Earth’s doings/wrong doings) it would have been really good. I understand why the Eyestandians questioned everything, but I’m not sure we, the readers, needed to hear all the explanations / discussions (or at least not in as much detail). It’s just that the “meetings” between humans and Eyestandians went on and on in the first part of the book and the integration of the descendants on the new planet was skipped over almost completely. We saw how they got started with integration but then jumped to 5 years later when the humans start doing undesirable stuff. I would have liked to read more about the human’s new way of life on Eyestandia and how they were adjusting, etc. How their way of life was better than ours. True equality sounds fantastic but I’m not sure humans can ever achieve that. It would have been fun to read a book about how equality worked for these humans. This could have been a fabulous story but it was heavy handed on some less-than-exciting subjects and sparse on the really interesting things.

I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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