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The Pattern Ship (The Pattern Universe Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I didn't care, anyway. I just enjoyed settling in for a lovely evening of reading a comfortable story. Familiar? Yes. Dull? No. There are enough new ideas added to the mix that keeping my attention was no problem. Plus there were no irritating typos or mistakes to distract me from that fantastically warm read.
To sum up: I loved it. I have already downloaded book two and I was just waiting to finish this review before I started it.
The Zeke character starts off good but gets progressively smug and less likeable. It's great to develop super powers - even better to actually use them!
Zirkos is a stock alien and, let's face it, you would want to shake him off at a party once he started talking to you near the drinks table. Ferris? Yawn! Predictable as anything. A truly stock character. Very disappointing. The AI - dull and overly powerful. If Zirkos with the technology and the virtually unlimited capabilities of Pod and Ship had to run away from the Nubl, then Earth, using basically the same technology didn't stand much chance. When you got technology that can do everything (materialise anything from thin air, travel faster than light, move anything, transmogrify anything into anything) then the story just becomes a magical fantasy with little tension. Pointless.
Some of the dialogue seemed awfully un-American as well. Quite strange.
I will not be buying the next edition. I particularly don't want to risk the possibility that the Nubl don't arrive and wipe that smug git Zeke out.
This novel is OK, and it's readable, which is good, but that's about all it has in its favour. The plot is derivative. The characters are one dimensional and unappealing, and although they purport to be American (or alien), they speak in British idiom. The author does not use speech marks conventionally, which is confusing and, at one point, for no apparent reason, the narration changes briefly from third person to first (from "Zeke said," to "I said,"). Also, as others have noted, you have to get through 28% of the book before any character speaks. I lost the will to read at around 80% and skim-read the remainder just to see if anything arresting happened. It didn't.
The mystery is: why has this book got so many reviews (and 5 star ones too)? Is it because it is permanently free? As the supposedly American characters in this novel would say: "Gobsmacking!" And as any actual American would say: "Go figure!"
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