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1.0 out of 5 stars Expensive nonsense, 6 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Bugz :Contact (Book Zero): 1 (Hardcover)
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Very early in my reading of this book I started to wonder if it was a vanity publication. Google revealed that the publisher is actually an art gallery, which, perhaps, accounts for the fact that it's beautifully produced, printed on wood-free paper, with (joy!) a ribbon bookmark securely sewn into the binding and lavishly illustrated. The publisher's web site suggests that this is their first foray into publishing. Never mind - the only way from here is up.

The only sense of strangeness in the world of the eponymous Bugz is the author's obsession with the letter "z". Thus we have Bugz named Zein, Zotl and Zim, locations Zytopia and Zyberia, a religion called Bugzhism, and units of measurement known as zectars and zegas. That "z" gets to be as tedious as the heavy metal umlaut (search for "metal umlaut" on Wikipedia).

The dialogue is unconvincing, frequently tending towards the pompous for no apparent reason, and the narrative is sprinkled with irrelevant detail as through the author is trying to pad out an already over-wordy book. Having ploughed all the way through this nonsense I feel as though I put as many hours into the book as the author.

When I read the blurb on the back of the book, the two books that came to mind were Isaac Asimov's "The Gods Themselves" and Robert L Forward's "Dragon's Egg", both of which I enjoyed hugely, so I was hoping for something along similar lines. As it turns out I would strongly recommend a dog-eared paperback copy of either of these books over "Bugz:contact".
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