eBook Review: Bridge Daughter by Jim Nelson

This ebook was sent to me by the author for an honest review.

 

Title: Bridge Daughter

Author: Jim Nelson

Length: 386 pages

Purchase at: Amazon Kindle

Summary: In the god-fearing city of Concord, California, thirteen-year old Hanna lives with her attentive and caring parents. Life is quiet, quaint, and outside of her Aunt Azami and Uncle Rick, Hanna truly believes she needs nothing more in her life. Everything changes, however, on her birthday, when she decides to steal a pregnancy test from her local pharmacy.

Her life is cut in two: life before pregnancy test, and life after pregnancy test, and she must learn to cope with the indelible fact that she is her mother’s bridge daughter. Hanna goes on a mission to learn her own beliefs and values, from herself, to her parents, to God himself, and along the way she learns the gut-wrenching truth that sometimes there is a purpose to your life. And it may not be what you hoped.

Impression: I’ve never gotten teary-eyed after reading a self-published book yet, and I’m happy to say that Bridge Daughter is that inspirational and entertaining of a novel.

Jim Nelson weaves a novel FRAUGHT with taboo topics (religion, sex, life VS death) and handles them so professionally and emotionally. Hanna is a beautiful character that undergoes one of the most trying and tortuous character arcs I’ve ever read- the entire time, I rooted for her through all of her trials, good or bad. She begins the book as a naïve, immature child and ends the novel a saint. Though that, ladies and gentlemen, is the question that Nelson seems to pose all along: where is the line between morality and the right to live your life as you see fit? Is there a line? Is there actually a divine reason behind your existence?

This is an incredible scifi novel that bridges (ha) the gap between religion and science. It is so emotionally superb and is not overhanded with any of the themes (because let’s be honest… religion novels tend to drive people batty, but this is one of the gems that genuinely, genuinely asks you to learn and question on your own). The style is a tough one for authors to grasp, because not many people can write from a thirteen-year old girl’s stunted perspective. But Nelson achieved the nigh impossible. You learn and grow with Hanna, you come to understand the world she exists in and the choices that she has to make, and you endure the tests she must face with as much uncertainty and doubt as she does.

I would suggest this novel to everyone- it is intelligent, gripping, and hard to put down. The action is full-speed ahead; no one makes it out of this book without a tested perspective after some masterfully written heart-wrenching moments. Nelson is a tried and tested author, and I genuinely suggest his book to all scifi and high fantasy lovers. Five feather pens!

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Café Review: The Book Bar, Portsmouth, NH

You know that feeling where you’re just sitting there, at work or at home just minding your own business, and out of nowhere this pressure pushes on the back on your skull and your neck and makes your heart shudder into overtime? That feeling that something is wrong, and your gut is writhing with indecision and doubt. That same, strange, sensation has been plaguing me for days and is turning my everyday life into a bit of a thriller. I don’t know what it is- anxiety? A sense of foreboding? All I can say is that something’s a bit off in the big, wide world out there… and before it rears its ugly head, I’ll be burying myself in books.


This may be a theme of mine, but whenever I feel like something is askew in this world, I always strive to find a new sanctuary. Whether this is a new place to write, a new bookstore to haunt, or even a new spot to sit in the sun while I read, I just need a new vibe to saturate my brain while I try to distract myself with fantasy worlds.

I did a little road trip recently and found my way out to Portsmouth, NH, where this one bookstore still sits- I drove past it every week for two years when I worked on the coast, and I never had the time or energy to actually stop and enjoy the establishment, even though my eyes were drawn to it like little magnets each time I passed by.

The Book Bar.

I was expecting a hopping bar, something filled with young twenty-somethings socializing and laughing and eating off their food-filled plates. But what I walked in to instead was essentially a library with a centralized stretch of wall converted into a café. With a bunch of beer taps.


Despite my expectations, my nerves relaxed as soon as I walked in and I saw fluffy couches, worn book bindings, and smelled the strong bite of coffee. It was around noon when I got there, and there were people eating their gorgeous lunches with a craft brew, but there were also people sitting at the tables reading one of the many used books that the store offers with a pastry and cup of tea in hand.


I let myself sink into the comfort of the place, ordered a cup of tea called Be Joyful (supplied by a local tea artisan store), and picked up a slightly battered copy of Pattern Recognition by William Gibson. My mind got to wander, my body got to relax, and slowly that feeling of nervous anticipation lessened.

What is it about these moods that draw us to the one place that can heal us?


The atmosphere was perfect, the music was lovely (it was a bit hipster-y, but really, what can you expect with a used bookstore/bar/café?), and the book choice was rejuvenating. There’s something special about finding gems on the shelf that you can’t find in the big book sellers nowadays… it kind of reminds me of when I was a kid and book recommendations didn’t really exist (my friends weren’t big readers). It was all up to my intuition and hunting skills to find my next heart-warmer.


The Book Bar is a thriving, book-lovers dream. I think anyone, whether you’re looking for a place for good food and drinks or to find that strange title you don’t think anyone will carry, would love it.

If you give it a shot, let me know 🙂

Debut Book Review: The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

Title: The Wolf Road

Author: Beth Lewis

Length: 356 pages

Published by: Crown

Summary (from Goodreads): Everything Elka knows of the world she learned from the man she calls Trapper, the solitary hunter who took her under his wing when she was just seven years old.

But when Elka sees the Wanted poster in town, her simple existence is shattered. Her Trapper – Kreagar Hallet – is wanted for murder. Even worse, Magistrate Lyon is hot on his trail, and she wants to talk to Elka.

Elka flees into the vast wilderness, determined to find her true parents. But Lyon is never far behind – and she’s not the only one following Elka’s every move. There will be a reckoning, one that will push friendships to the limit and force Elka to confront the dark memories of her past.

Impression: Sob. Gut me like a fish, please.

This is a masterpiece of a debut novel and it has left me sensitive and tender to the world as I rethink everything I’ve ever learned.

Elka, Lewis’ incredible protagonist, defies every convention and expectation a reader would have for a wild, feral girl brought up under the tutelage of a sinner. Her… teacher? Caretaker? Leader?, Trapper, is a man threaded with mystery and hidden secrets. Elka’s trip across the dystopian world is one that takes her from a naïve wildling to a wizened woman who has to find her place in the world.

I don’t know if you can tell, but I loved this book. Every step of the way, I was attached to Elka’s poetic yet basic grasp of the English language and couldn’t put the book down until I had followed Elka through snow and poisoned waters, traps and crates alike. Lewis spins a heart-wrenching tale that merges the wild with the industrial, the animalistic with the humane. No one is as they seem and every opportunity could be a noose or a hand up.

I learned so much from this book and was thoroughly entertained throughout. It is a story of love and strength in all forms and will leave you floored.

Please read it! It’s not for the faint of heart (it is reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road in terms of horror and dystopian themes), but it will leave your own heart melted once you finish it. This book is worth each of the 5 feather pens and I wish I could just have lunch with Beth Lewis to pick her brain about this book. It’s incredible!

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Debut Novel Review: Red Right Hand by Levi Black (RELEASED TODAY)

Hey all!

Red Right Hand is a novel debuting today! Written by Levi Black, this novel is an awesome, dark fantasy set in the Cthulu Mythos and follows the adventures of a wild female lead named Charlie. If you like deeply disturbing fight scenes/gore and quick-witted dialogue this is the novel for you.

 

I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. For more info on my Ratings, please look at the Rating Guide in the menu above.

 

Title: Red Right Hand

Author: Levi Black

Length: 304 pages

Published by: Tor Books

Summary: Charlie Tristan Moore isn’t a hero. She’s a survivor. On a night when her demons from the past are triggered, she arrives home to something even more harrowing-an attack by three monstrous skinhounds, creatures straight out of nightmares. She fights but is outmatched. Just as hope seems lost, in sweeps The Man In Black, a rescuer even more monstrous and unlikely, dressed in a long, dark coat that seems to have a life of its own and with a black-bladed sword held in his terrible, red right hand.

Her rescue comes at a cost. She must become his new Acolyte and embrace a dark magick she never knew she had inside her. To ensure she gives it her all, he takes her friend and possible love, Daniel, in thrall as a hostage to her obedience. The Man in Black, a Lovecraftian chaos god, claims to be battling his brethren gods, other horrors who are staging an incipient apocalypse. But is he truly the lesser of all evils or merely killing off the competition? Either way, will Charlie be strong enough to save herself, Daniel, and possibly the entire world?

Impression: Charlie, Charlotte to none, is a character so broken by her past that she is an aimless, hot-headed mess when she first comes into contact with The Man in Black. She radiates instability and recklessness, and slowly throughout the storyline the audience learns more about why she is the way that she is.

Stuck fighting for her (ex?) boyfriend Daniel’s life, she must also come to terms with the very real possibility that her own choices and decisions will hurt the family and loved ones she left behind. I liked reading this book from Charlie’s POV, mostly because it takes such a visceral story and makes it incredibly emotionally-charged. I swear- there are some truly nauseating scenes in this novel that Black makes even more disturbing through Charlie’s narration. It makes for some amazingly descriptive scenes that will leave you cringing and biting your knuckles.

The story is fast-paced and I really loved the nod to modern day pop culture and the Lovecraft Cthulu Mythos. I am such a sucker for Lovecraft. I’m glad that Black didn’t try to write in the style that Lovecraft did, too, and instead built his own world out of the Mythos. It did kind of irk me when the monsters weren’t exactly true to the cult classic. However, take that criticism with a grain of salt- that’s the uber nerd in me rearing its ugly head.

I’m going to give this novel 4 feather pens for its incredibly high quality of writing and sheer level of enjoyment throughout. There were a few loose ends that I wish had been tied up (minor spoiler– I just don’t understand how The Man in Black could evade Charlie’s roommates through the whole book… magick?). But there is a second installment to the series coming out, so maybe those roommates and Charlie’s elusive family will make an appearance. I’m quite interested in learning more about Jackson and Charlie’s mother… and of course, Daniel!

 

WARNING:

This novel does contain elements and themes about rape and surviving a sexual attack. If this is a trigger or a sensitive topic, please do not consider reading this novel.

 

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Self-Published eBook Review: Genetic Drift by Martin Schulte

Hey everyone!

For those of you who love dystopian, futuristic worlds and scifi novels, boy do I have a review for you! This book review covers a recently self-published scifi novel full of aliens, futuristic body modification, telepathy, and military precision. If this kind of novel interests you, read on for a spoiler-free review of Genetic Drift!

 

This ARC was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest book review. All opinions are my own and are unbiased. For more information about the rating system, please see my Rating page.

 

Title: Genetic Drift

Author: Martin Schulte

Pages: 341

Platform: Kindle

Summary: An alien civilization, by virtue of its dying star, is forced to find a new planet. After 400,000 years, they locate Earth and begin to orbit. Are they friend or are they foe? The question is answered one night as life as we knot it is permanently changed. The survivors have to find a way to defend themselves from a superior alien force.

The aliens though, are not as they seem. Their bodies have been transformed by the same organism developed to endure the long voyage through space.

In order to turn the tides of war, the survivors must nravel the mystery of how this organism affexts its hosts and how to harness its power. One girl has lost nine months of her life but is saved from her captors. Can Madison find a way to use what is inside of her to stop the alien force? If she learns how to use her newfound abilities, she just might…

Impression: Martin Schulte is an author of ambitious scope and tackled a challenging universe when he set out to write Genetic Drift. Written with a large role of very dynamic and intriguing characters, Genetic Drift is an entertaining and enticing scifi novel. I found myself speeding through the pages in order to finish the story, because Schulte is incredibly adept at writing an intriguing and gripping plot.

The story is a fun one and is reminiscent of old-school science fiction. The story is very black-and-white: fight the bad guys! But, with the introduction of Maddie and her host nanocyte that has implanted in her brain, the story is given a delicate twist of morality- what is right and what is wrong? Who are the actual bad guys here?

I really felt like the plot was entertaining, the pacing was fantastic, and the incredibly strong traits (likable or not) of the characters were refreshing. This proves just how capable Schulte is at writing and how much potential he has in all of his future novels.

The singular thing that took away from reading this story was the choppy narrative. I feel like Schulte is on a brightly lit path to great writing now that he has this novel under his belt, because it took a few chapters until it felt like he was getting into the groove of his writing (it really gets going after page 27, Chapter: DAY ONE). However, the word choice got repetitious and there were a few plot holes that I just couldn’t look away from no matter how much I enjoyed his ability to hook the reader (for example, very minimal spoilers, I don’t understand why the nanocyte in Maddie’s brain was any different from the rest and why it was suddenly independent- the hive mind theme was such a great idea, but I feel like it kind of fell apart next to Maddie’s incredibly strong will and stubbornness).

As you guys know, I look for two things when I review: writing quality and enjoyment. This was one of the harder reviews I’ve ever had to do, because I was interested throughout all of the plot development, but the character inconsistencies, repetition, and the over explanation/telling not showing tendencies really made the story less immersive. Unfortunately, with these glaring problems I had to go with my gut and give this book 3 feather pens. It was really hard for me to decide because I feel like Schulte has a great future ahead of him, but the editor in me couldn’t get past some of the structural and thematic issues in the storytelling… and the fact that this detracts from the novel kind of solidified the decision.

I would recommend reading it, however, for those of you who love traditional, action-oriented and light-hearted scifi. I really think it’s a fun read if you take it at face value and just want something to read for entertainment for the weekend.

 

Pros Cons
Strong/Interesting Traits in Characters (none of them are meek or wishy-washy) Inconsistent Actions (I felt some of the characters acted against their personality)
Action-Packed Repetitive Word Choice
Great Use of Flashbacks Plot Holes

 

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Debut Book Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh (SPOILER-FREE)

Title: The Wrath and the Dawn

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Published by: GP Putnam’s Sons

Length: 388 Pages

Summary: Khalid Ibn al-Rashid is the boy-king, the Caliph of Khorasan, and rules with a monstrous sword. Every dawn, his new wife, the queen, is killed before the sunrise, and the land lives in fear of their mighty king.

Sharzhad al-Khayzuran is a girl who has experienced the hurt of the king’s ways, and after losing her best friend to the Caliph’s deadly ritual, she takes it upon herself to earn retribution for the death of her most treasured friend. Once married, Sharzhad finds that behind the king’s deadly façade is a secret that has been hidden from the kingdom, and despite the ache of revenge, she finds that there is more at stake than she had thought.

While her family hides from the soldiers tracking them and her father grows more powerful in hopes to help his daughter, Sharzhad learns that not only is there more in her heart than revenge, there is more to her power than her strength.

Impression: I was first drawn to this book because of its setting. I’ve been dying to get my hands on more Arabian-themed books, mostly because I am a complete sucker for stories about djinn and for warm, desolate desert settings. It was a bit of a leap for me to trust this story, however, because I am not a huge romance fan. If a book can’t stand on its own without the love story, I feel like it was somewhat of a waste of time… I might as well have read a teenager’s diary.

But, I’m so, so happy to say that this novel has substance to it that goes above and beyond just the romance. There’s magic, beautifully organic friendships, family loyalty, and politics to top it all off. I mean, it is heavily padded by the romance, but what’s so refreshing about it is that the couple, Khalid and Sharzhad, are some of the most intriguing characters I’ve ever read- even without the love story! Sharzhad is such a breath of fresh air, because not only is she confident and strong, but she’s distinctively sharp and intelligent. She can read people and situations, and I feel like a lot of authors who write confident female characters like to make them head-strong and stubborn. Sharzhad definitely has her flaws, but they are flaws that make her unique and fun to read- not annoying or restrictive.

This novel has great pacing- one that is fully appreciated for a romance/fantasy novel. There are no dull moments and even when Khalid and Sharzhad are building their relationship, it feels exciting and anticipatory. The side plots are beautifully wound together as well, and there is a huge diversity in character personalities that makes the story feel cohesive and real.

I wished that there was a bit more conflict while reading, however, especially in terms of their budding relationship- I felt like they came together a little too easily. However, I feel like this may be a result of my brainwashing by other novels- their relationship was organic and natural and they had the most important value in mind when they fell for each other: trust. And that, I believe, is a more important lesson to learn rather than conflict for the sake of conflict. Ahdieh writes poetically and is as engrossing an author as one could hope for. Her style is entirely seductive and is perfectly suited for The Wrath and the Dawn and honestly has broken the mold for me in terms of romance/fantasy novels. I can’t wait to read her next installment, The Rose and the Dagger, which luckily is out now (including some short stories on the Nook).

I’ve given the novel four stars as a great first debut novel. Fantasy lovers will be delighted when they see the many references to mythology and fairy tale favorites, and this will soon become an Arabian favorite in the years to come, I’m sure!

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The Bookish Box: June Unboxing!

Oh what a long week it’s been, but I’m finally back into the swing of things! I’ve missed you guys and can’t wait to get some of these awesome posts up that I’ve had waiting for you. My first post this week is a fun one, because not only is it the second installment of the beautiful Bookish Box unboxing, but it also features the little furball that’s been making our life batty ❤

The Bookish Box is an amazing monthly subscription box that sends you a little package of goodies that appeal to your literary side. My first month with them was the special Harry Potter-themed box (and this month they have a Game of Thrones one you can get for a limited time!). This month’s theme was classic novels!

Ah!


I love the classics, so I was an absolute sucker for this month’s goodies.


The package was so beautiful and contained a few exemplary pieces:

  1. Appraising Pages: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass T-Shirt
  2. Bugaboo Bear Designs – Great Gatsby Notebook
  3. A Cute Geek -Ampersand Ring
  4. Out of Print – Alice in Wonderland Socks

The T-shirt is absolutely adorable and soft… I’m in love with the way Appraising Pages makes their clothing and I had to stop myself from cuddling with it when I opened the box. It’s just tooooo soft!


The ring is just the right size, too, and actually goes perfectly with the Harry Potter necklace I got last month! The notebook is fantastic as well because I always carry one in my purse, and I can’t wait to slip on these adorable Out of Print socks. I love their necklaces, too, so obviously their socks are of great quality (anyone see their Kurt Vonnegut So it Goes necklace? Freakin’ amazing!).


There was also a cute green magnetic bookmark in the box that wasn’t listed, but it will definitely come in handy. I realized I need to be more of a bookmark fiend especially since I only have one and I tend to read a dozen books at once. I feel like I don’t need another bookish item to collect, but I just can’t help myself 🙂

Bonus kitteh pic. Taco the Space Invader is the herald of Curious Cats!

What do you guys think? I can’t believe how cute and usable all of the things in the Bookish Boxes are. This is the last unboxing I’ll be doing, but I hope you guys loved it! I really enjoy their packages so maybe around Christmas time I’ll treat myself again.

 

Until next time!

Live,

Morgan Paige

 

Debut Author Book Review: The Curse of the Bruel Coven by Sabrina Ramoth

Hey everyone!

I have a nice debut author book review for you guys 🙂  This book is about witches in New Orleans and is also a love story, so go ahead and read on if that kind of a premise interests you!

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: The Curse of the Bruel Coven

Author: Sabrina Ramoth

Length: 184 pages

Published by: Exit 80 Publishing

Synopsis: This story follows a young high-school girl named Vivienne Davenport who just lost her mother to a short and vicious battle of cancer. Vivienne, while going through her mother’s things one day, discovers that not only was she adopted, but her biological mother still lives and lives close by in the bustling hub that is New Orleans.

Helped by her best friend Savannah, the two girls go into the city to find the woman who had given up Vivi at such a young age. But just as she begins to find answers, more questions arise when her birth mother is kidnapped from the Wiccan shop that she runs. It is up to Vivienne to discover the truth behind her actual bloodline and stop the powers that have taken her real mother from her.

Impression: This is a very cute storyline and my first thought was how much it resembled The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine. It is a simple and straight-forward read for those audiences who love Twilight and other Young Adult fantasy. It’s definitely a portal story in which the audience gets to learn about the whole new magical world along with the protagonist, and there’s so many unanswered questions (though not in a forgetful writing kind of way) that makes room nicely for a sequel.

The story is strong with themes of familial bonds, friendship, and trust. I loved the setting more than anything, because New Orleans in and of itself is magical and eerie and has so many unknown corners on those bright and seductive streets. Ramoth did a great job creating a story that appeals to the dreamers and romantic in us.

As nicely as the story was written, the themes and age group it appealed to definitely wasn’t for me. There were tropes upon tropes upon tropes that I couldn’t help but find myself smiling wryly when I picked up on another one. It is a very simple and cookie-cutter story so don’t expect deep personal feelings of introspection or heart-pounding action scenes when you read it. It’s not my cup of tea, definitely isn’t the kind of book that I would read for pleasure, but it would certainly appeal to the fans of other youthful fantasy and vampire/witch books.

As you guys know, I desire more to the stories that I read. I wish the characters were more fleshed out and had more distinct personality (I couldn’t help but think of Vivienne as another blank canvas like Bella Swan so the reader can put herself directly into the protags shoes). I’m giving the story 2 feather pens because though it is decent for someone with different taste, it is not written in a way that entices me or interests me.

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Debut Author Book Review: The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

Title: The Library at Mount Char

Author: Scott Hawkins

Published by: Broadway Books

Length: 388 pages

Synopsis: Carolyn lived with her family at the Library in a quaint aged suburb on the edge of town, but the day their Father went missing was the day that their lives began to fall apart. And, literally, nothing is the way that it seems.

The gaggle of adopted brothers and sisters search for their Father, while Carolyn, leading the pack, is inevitably forced to relive the horror of their upbringing. Terrorized by a bull-shaped copper grill and a broken memory of before their adoption, they are forced off of the Library’s land by a strange and impenetrable magic. Carolyn must employ the help of a common thief-turned-Buddhist in order to break through the mystery that is Father, his “children,” and the purpose of the Library.

Aided by a duo of lions, a tiger-god, and a hard-hearted soldier named Erwin, Carolyn and Steve fight for their lives and their sanity to live the way they were meant to in a world that rests on the brink of destruction.


Impression: Nothing about the back cover of the book could even begin to explain to me what this book is about. Lauded as a fantasy read, or maybe a thriller, or maybe even a humorous take on philosophy, I opened the book with somewhat jaded “debut author” expectations and was sucked into the world of Mount Char until I closed the very last page a day later.

This novel is everything a story should be. The characters were impeccable, the plot dark and twisted and neatly interwoven with theme, and the story was heart-wrenching and thought-provoking.

Not a single passage was overwritten, the dialogue was realistic, and the intelligent design behind each subplot and theme was provocative. There is intelligent commentary on religion and philosophy in this book, so for those who try to steer away from belief systems this may not be for you, but the presentation is not at all preachy. It’s a delicate and imaginative approach to what may or may not be and how we as a society approach our view of the world and the creatures in it.

I really can’t say just how much this book has influenced me. It isn’t only intelligent, it is also entertaining as hell. Steve and Carolyn are such great antagonists to each other and Carolyn’s mindset is so intelligent and insane that I couldn’t help but follow her with excitement through every scene. She is the hero no one wants and I am thrilled Hawkins created a character like her.

I would suggest this book to everyone for the sheer delight and immersion this story contains. It is easy to get lost in the world (even though you may not want to be there forever), but it is a phenomenal debut novel worth reading.

A word of warning, however, this book is twisted and has some very dark imagery. There’s murder, abuse, animal attacks, and overall a lot of gritty elements, but it is done honestly- not for the shock value.

Let me know if you read it! I’d love to hear more takes on the subject, and go head over to the author’s, Scott Hawkins, Goodreads. He’s very active and loves chatting with people about the book and answering questions.

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Self-Published eBook Review: Forbidden Outpost by Tony Rubolotta

Hey friends!

I have another self-published eBook review here for you guys, and it’s a fanfiction written after the classic movie, Forbidden Planet. For those unfamiliar with the movie, it is a hard science-fiction feature starring Leslie Nielson as the main protagonist, and bears a lot of stylistic choices that can be seen later on in the Star Wars movies. The classic was made in the 50s, so it is a very specific taste of a story, but it may intrigue some of you.

Read on for my own personal review of the self-published eBook!

This novel was suggested to me by the author, and is available for free to all readers.

Title: Forbidden Outpost

Author: Tony Rubolotta

Length: 1101 pages

Platforms: iBooks, Kindle, Smashwords

Synopsis: Written as a fanfiction to follow the popular classic movie, Forbidden Planet, this story follows Captain JJ Adams as he departs the planet of Altair 4 with his crew and his new, beautiful girlfriend, Alta. After the harrowing events that had happened on Altair 4 where Alta lost her father to the powerful sciences of the Krell aliens, they find they have not seen the end of intergalactic problems as Alta begins hearing voices and seeing apparitions in her dreams.

During their trek back to Earth, Adams lands his ship at a passing planet to sort out these concerning changes, and soon learns that weirder and stranger threats are at bay. Along with his crew and the planet’s inhabitants, Adams must discover the truth about the alien Krell species and its desire to influence and control Alta.

Impression: Though the author assured me this novel was great as a standalone story, I would highly recommend watching the movie it was based on to complement this artfully rendered fanfiction of the cult classic. There are many themes and world-building bits of information that I could only appreciate fully upon seeing the movie. Rubolotta is a very technical and precise writer, and this in turn creates a calculating and accurate atmosphere for the story.

This book was a far leap into a different genre of scifi drama than any other story I have read. Forbidden Planet is known for being incredibly ahead of its time (it’s effects and influence can be seen in Star Wars) and also draws intelligent influence from Shakespeare’s The Tempest and even Freudian theories. The movie was produced in the 50s, so there are clearly a lot of era-specific themes that influence the character creation and the dialogue in this novel.

The story’s tone is playful and innocent and does a great job of harnessing the same feel and style of the movie. There are many characters from the movie that make an appearance and some awesome inferences that any fan would love, so I would absolutely suggest this eBook to a tried and true Forbidden Planet fan.

Personally, I had a hard time connecting with both the movie and the novel. For those who aren’t familiar with the movie or came away disenchanted like I did, I would probably not recommend the book. There are many sexist undertones that overshadowed most of the character interactions and the dialogue was just as cheesy and unbelievable as the screenplay that was written. I did not enjoy the speed of the novel (slow and plodding like the movie) and I also did not like how there were many coincidences that brought together the plot (also seen in the movie). Just like other bits of 50s-era entertainment, the atmosphere is incredibly important. I feel like Rubolotta nailed this in his story, but the characters, themes, and style just wasn’t for me.

I will give this story a rating of 2 feather pens, because of my disinterest and dislike of the movie, and therefore, this story. Fans of Forbidden Planet would enjoy this story, though, so if you are familiar with the classic, pick it up and let me know what you think!

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