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August 7th, 2016

Children of the Dawnland by Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear
Rating: Disliked (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)



When I was younger, I loved Clan of the Cave Bear-type books. As an adult, they no longer seem to work for me. It didn't help that the story was very slow-moving in this one, and I didn't believe any of the characters as children (the oldest was 12, but they all sounded like adults). That was an issue, as the story centered around the children.

Stardogs by Dave Freer
Rating: Disliked (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)



Long ago, the author had offered this book free for review. I had requested a copy, but for whatever reason hadn't been sent one. I was disappointed, as I had thought this would be a good match for me, so eventually I just got a copy for myself. I should have taken it as a sign and just forgotten it...

Self-published, the writing was very hard to follow (I had to keep stopping and rereading sentences to try to understand what the author was saying), and the story's logic just didn't seem to make sense.

The main characters were "dogs" (not really anything like dogs, as far as I could tell), that could fly through space, use wormholes, etc without any space suits. Apparently they didn't need to breathe? Their previous masters (alien race) died, and they were waiting thousands of years for new ones...

Flynn's Log 1: Rescue Island by Stone Marshall
Rating: Hated (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)



The Author! Has no idea! How to write! This book! Was about! A guy who gets sucked into Minecraft! It's unbelievable! And poorly written! And nearly every sentence ends in an exclamation point!

Man, this was such a bad book. Self-published, so poorly written, yet with 198 5 star reviews on Amazon. Seems like the worst self-published books buy the most paid ratings.

Sims by F. Paul Wilson
Rating: Disliked (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)



Sigh. I thought I might actually finish this one. I read it for three nights, but didn't reach the 50% point, so it doesn't count.

The story idea was interesting: A company created sims -- chimps with a few human genes spliced in, so they'd be more intelligent and could be used as slave labor. However, the sims are smart enough to want more than that...

The sims were really interesting, I wish they had been more involved in the story. However, the meat of the tale was about a lawyer who was working for their rights, and the company that created the sims. That might have been okay, if there had been a single believable human character in the book. (I had thought it might be just me who had issues with the characters, but reviews on Amazon and Goodreads agree.)

I'm really tired of all these dud books. Yeah, I'm getting through my To Read pile, but I'd like to read a good book.

Current To Read pile count: 165 It would have been 147, but had 18 new ones I hadn't uploaded yet. My current count is now higher than any point since I started tracking it. I think I'm doomed in my effort to reduce it... :P

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