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Posted February 23, 2012
This is a classical science fiction story of a young man who dreams of life beyond the stars, but set in the late 18th century Western New York. When dreaming of such things was not only disapproved of, but seen as blasphemy against God. The book follows Pitus over several years of his life, as he discovers pieces of the truth and finds himself smack in the middle of an intergalactic mystery and war.
(Even though the author has been writing this series since 1990, I can't help but compare it to the recent 'Cowboys and Aliens' - which I loved by the way. I like this new time period our science fiction is delving into, it's fun and fresh.)
I discovered this book at a sci-fi convention where the author had a display up. With the author's summary of the entire series, I was intrigued. Science-fiction has fallen by the way side over the years. But I'm pleased to see it being popular again, instead of all the fantasy/vampire tales we see left and right. So I bought a signed copy. I'm not very far into the book but I am pleased. I can already tell it's going to be an interesting journey. And I'm already considering buying the ebook version to pass out as gifts for some of my fellow sci-fi lovers.
The author has created an entire universe surrounding his alien planet/system, a substantial history, back-story, character profiles,..etc. I prefer these types of science fiction stories. They give life to the tale. It makes us feel less isolated as a planet, society. And isn't that the point of sci-fi? To make you see how rich and full the universe can be? For me, at least, it's harder to get sucked into a story that resembles our universe, with it's limitations. Don't get me wrong, some stories that are based on Earth can be very intriguing. But it feels like it's harder to create a story that drags you into it, when there's very little work put into it. So it's nice to see he took the time to create it and it plays a huge part into the series.
My first impression, with the prologue, was that the author was nervous to put his thoughts and ideas down on paper. You get the impression that this story has been rolling around in his head for years. Which probably explains how he could have so much detail in it. (And even from the prologue, you can tell there is a ton of detail that you will see throughout the book.) But the more he wrote, the more confidence shows through. And by the end of the prologue I cared about the two main characters a great deal. Er, so I thought were the main characters. I was on the verge of disappointed when I realized I'm going to have to discover what happens to them just like Pitus Peston will. (I sat there thinking, 'uh! But.... what happened!?') Not many books can capture my attention like that with just one chapter.
I prefer audiobooks, because of all the commuting I do, so sadly it will take me longer to get through this than I would like. But I will definitely suggest he get audiobook versions of these, for sure.
I will keep updating, but for now I can safely say this is going to be a good book. Very pleased that I bought it.
-Further into the book.
It's taken me much longer to read this than I'd like to admit. But that is my own fault. I've gotten so used to audiobooks, finding time to sit down and read is something I have to work for.
Although after the first few chapters, I found myself sitting and reading it for several hours and before I realized it, I was halfway throu
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Posted April 3, 2014
This was an enjoyable book, but a bit over long. Felt it could have cut some of the adventures of Pitus and focused a bit more on the other main characters also. Well written and kept my interest for the most part. A combination of sci fi and historical fiction both.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.