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  • Posted September 20, 2013

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    This is the second book from the quill of Chance Maree, followin

    This is the second book from the quill of Chance Maree, following the innovative metaphysical delight that is "Alexios, Before Dying". I criticised that wonderful book for a lack of plot and an over-brevity of description, whilst praising it as a truly creative and original work.
    This book has gone a step further. The plot is detailed, unpredictable, and exquisitely constructed. The reader has to keep the elements together, but the effort of memory is truly worth it. There is still a fashionable under playing of description, which so plagues modern writing; but there is enough structure to free our imaginations without allowing the reader to run away form the author's control. I can never see the point of using such brevity that we can all mould vital scenes as we want, rather than accurately read the mind of the writer. Chance at least gives us most of the colours to fill in the drawing, though she still leaves a little danger of some of her bright contrasts being smudged.
    The accuracy of the writing is very good, except in a very few places that I interpreted as confusion caused by savage editing rather than faulty original script. The few confused sentences were just too uncharacteristic, too out of style, to have been those of the author. Perhaps another beta reader was needed before publication, or were there actually too many kitchen assistants?
    I am so looking forward to Maree's next book, which I'm sure to like even if it is half as good.

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  • Posted April 28, 2013

    Undazzled was great fun. It went in a totally different directio

    Undazzled was great fun. It went in a totally different direction than I was expecting and had strange but cool concepts. 

    The "hallucinations" that they all experienced was original and compelling. The fact that everyone morphed into specific creatures was odd to say the least, especially since they didn't physically feel the changes on themselves. It did seen a bit odd at times, particularly when there were sexual relations between them while these hallucinations were occurring. 

    Tyr was incredibly interesting. We only got a small taste of what he could actually do, and I wish we had gotten to see more of his abilities. I also would have enjoyed another description of him after the hallucination. It was only described once but it was so unusual I had trouble remembering it as I continued reading and had to back track. His friendship with Ata was cute and I was happy to see that at least someone accepted him as a friend. 

    Gunner was fantastic. His plan was evil and pretty darn ingenious. I mean it was going to be found out at some point but it was still pretty smart. He was never impulsive and I think this quality is what made him such a great villain. 

    I only wish that a little more description had been present in the end. The interview shown explained quite a bit, but I don't know for sure what happened with the natives, with Ata and Tyr, as well as the "hallucinations". Other than that though I enjoyed Undazzled quite a bit. It was original and an interesting sci fi to say the least.

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