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This is quite different from Mr. Kent's Fergus series,but very enjoyable none-the-less. My only issue with it is that it left me wanting more of the story. I want it to be expanded into a full book. But, hey, that's me... I can never get enough of this guy's writing. This story depicts the... silliness of the human race in several ways. I would recommend this story to just about everyone!
This is a terrific short story. I would love to see it expanded or even developed into a series of shorts based on different characters or something. While it does have some serious potential, it's also just a great short read on its own. Pick it up, you won't regret it!
Patina is a great short story that's a nice departure from JW Kent's usual fare, particularly the excellent 'Fergus' series. Patina tells the story of a culture that arises on an interplanetary generation ship hundreds of years after their orderly civilization collapses. This new, primitive culture is centered around myth and ritual and passes down stories of the ones who came before them. Patina follows a young boy going through his traditional coming of age ritual where he unlocks a secret that can change the course of his people.
The story is highly reminiscent of Kindle Worlds stories set in Hugh Howey's Silo Saga. Perhaps knowing before reading that Mr. Kent considered publishing it as a Silo Saga story prompted me to look for comparisons, but some of them are too hard to ignore. While the structure of the ship lends itself to the comparison, it stands well as its own tale. The story does its job. It's a great read, a compelling world and leaves me wanting more.
Discovered this gentleman on Facebook as the author of a historical article. I visited his Facebook page and found myself fascinated by his many interests and talents. His writing draws the reader in through his descriptive style of painting a picture while telling his tales. Can't wait to start his next story.
This is a solid and wonderful short read, reflective of the silo stories. As much as it is alike, it is different. The story is about fear, strength, and curiosity. At the end, you will have to draw your own conclusion, or maybe it is the beginning of a new series. I am hoping this is not the end.