Saturday, January 7, 2017

2017 Reading Challenge #01


New year, new reading challenge, new format! Yayness? YAYNESS! 

Tyler Golec

This year I'm tackling the #52BooksIn52Weeks challenge with my roommate. She actually knows the author as he used to work for our company before I got here. Unfortunately, he suffered a serious injury in a scooter accident and left Taiwan for treatment and recuperation. I was the next person to arrive at my branch, so I'm technically his replacement.

As someone who is planning to self-publish novels in the [near] future, I can appreciate the existence of this book. He self-published through iUnverse. Publishing a novel is an ambitious undertaking, and Golec can take pride in that accomplishment.

That being said, this book seriously needs a gentle once-over from the Dildo of Revision. That's not a thing? It is now! Many important scenes of the novel are bogged down by mechanical errors that grind reading to a halt. A lot of information gets repeated, sometimes within pages of each instance.

It's a shame, too, because the story that Golec tells in Rebirth is fresh and interesting. The mages, the warlocks (and witches), and the shadow casters are all interesting, Golec does a fine job of making each type of magic distinct from the others. New America and the Republic of the United States of America are also both quite interesting, and it's a shame more time wasn't spent fleshing out this setting.

There were other parts of the book that I felt were rushed, or just poorly paced. The love triangle between Alex, Molly, and Hannah suffered from this pacing issue. Some parts of it felt rushed, others plodding, and overall it lacked the emotional payoff that Golec spent so much of the book building toward.

There is a lot to like about this book. The magic system and setting are intriguing, and I'd love for them to be fleshed-out. I really hope Golec will take some time to go back over it and make the necessary updates.

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