Today’s intro bit is something I’m sure you are all dying to hear about. The weird dream I had last night! Or at least a summary. It was so weird that in the dream I had a moment where I went “this doesn’t make sense”. Apparently I was simultaneously Rainbow Dash and Tom Cruise, as a fighter pilot based on a submarine during world war 2. Guh. What they heck was my brain doing last night? Anyway, here are two non-ponyfic reviews of scifi stories I stumbled across on Amazon. I only read the sample of each one, so it’s hardly comprehensive, but figured why not.
The story with a premise from a twenty year old computer game. Eh, better than the last but still has problems with exposition. Stuff actually happens though, which is a big improvement. Sadly, still generic and uninspired. Biggest problem I had was all the assumptions being made but the characters, without even any thought they might be wrong. Makes me think the author didn’t put too much thought into things.
A textbook case of how to do exposition wrong. The entire start is just telling the reader one thing after another. Then we get to a ship (a spaceship) that is flattened to reduce the side profile. What? Even if you want to write broadside exchanges in space you have to give some reason. And of course all the references and main character viewpoint is 20th century American. Mostly generic ideas, but a good author could do something interesting with them. The sample of the eBook literally just got through the ship leaving dock. So very much not interested in getting the full book.