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Remanence (Confluence) (Volume 2) Paperback – March 11, 2016
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- Publisher : Blue Bedlam Books; 1st edition (March 11, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 450 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0692669612
- ISBN-13 : 978-0692669617
- Item Weight : 1.14 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.02 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,484,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Alan was written so green
With dialog so profane and mean
At every point in the plot
an f-bomb he drops
Making readers assume he's thirteen.
It's hard to exceed my profanity quota - I'm a military brat, and Diehard is one of my classic movies
- but Alan reminds me of when the writer belabors a thick Cockney accent, dropping 'haiches', or makes
the Southern character talk with a mouthful of corn-pone. It is narrative laziness, 'use harsh language and
everyone will know it's Alan', and uncalled for - the cha is not even a
sailor, a longshoreman, nor any profession where harsh language would be normal.
But a NASA engineer? (Insert Kurt Russell's comment when he sees the Thing for the first time).
Unless Alan's supposed to be development-arrested, in which case, the main character Jane should run,
not walk, away from him.
Doubt the author cares what a minority of readers think - her works are selling, why should she? To quote
Jack M. Bickham "I have seldom succeeded in convincing (newbie writers) that dirty talk often looks dirtier
on the page than it actually is. I have tried to convince them that strong words...should be saved for story
situations where a strong word is needed to convey strong emotion."
I wouldn't trouble to point this out, if I didn't believe this author has a lot of heart, and, on the whole,
enjoyable stories. I want her to succeed. If it means writing Mr. Yuck-mouth to a dramatic, heroically tragic end,
I wouldn't mind.
Her anthropological details on xenological species and cultures is pretty amazingly well structured, with a very plausible framework which she keeps consistent and which she then respects and works within. I really hate when authors have loose and ambiguous frameworks, or who build reasonable and logical frameworks for a fictional universe and then break their own rules, and step out of the framework. This author builds a logical and consistent framework and then stays within it.
On the negative side, but some may find this a positive, the characters all have a lot of emotions about trivial things like their relationships to one another. I know that this is supposedly very important to people but the only thing that kicked me out of the moment was how I kept feeling like the events unfolding were too important and critical for people being immersed in those events to be worried about how other people felt about them...
The only thing that could make this better is if the stories didn't obsess so much about relationships between the various characters.
Since this will be appearing under the second book (and Amazon does make it very clear that it is the second), I'd probably better say that it would be good for you to read the first book, “Fluency”, first. There is a helpful synopsis of the first included before the second starts, but it's a very fine book in itself, and worth the reading, and you get to know the characters and background better than is possible with a synopsis.
Top reviews from other countries
...the author reminds me of Ben Bova who always seemed to feel a need to make the situation get worse and worse until it was so bad the reader could only feel depressed and almost give up. Then finally it would all turn out all right in the last few pages for the required happy ending.
So now I am in a quandary. Do I buy the next book or not? Can I bear yet another build-up of misery in order to reach the finale? I am not sure.
Great blend of proper 'sciencey' Science fiction & a fast paced, imaginative story line.
I'm looking forward to reading the next installment.