Blogging family (BF) – we are a newly mutated branch of the ancient family tree of humanity. So…how are bloggers, dispersed throughout the world, ‘family’? Our interests are akin. ;)
When one of our BF’s cat has kittens or a BF gets the ‘flu, we naturally, genuinely feel for them. We’ve become familiar with them; their life, state of now, spiritual leanings, etc. But when one of our BF is published, THAT is, like, AWESOME!!
Relative BF Prenin – aka Ian Shaw – has just had three novels published, all online and all on sale right now. They are a trilogy, the first in the series titled Jabberweil Hunt.
When sending congrats Ian’s way, I learned that the price of his novel is less than the price of a cup of coffee. UNbelievable – I got me a copy right away!
Ian asked would I mind doing a review, and I am happy to. It’s my pleasure. I’m reeling a bit about the fact his novel is ‘coffee cheap’, but that just makes it accessible to us all. I highly recommend purchasing a copy – I mean, $2.99!! – with the added pleasure of knowing that by every copy sold, Ian’s life in Middleton UK is enhanced. Ian is a blogger who has overcome personal challenges (like many of our BF… omg, does that make us a dysfunctional family?!) and to me, sincerely, he is an inspiration. With the cards Ian has been dealt in life, he has played an Ace hand – and trumped it by the publication of his trilogy. I love to imagine hundreds of BF buying a copy.
OK! to the review… (ps, I’m no pro book reviewer…)
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Jabberweil Hunt by Ian Shaw is available at Redmund Productions online book store in Kindle form and E-book form. If you have a MAC like me, i.e. no Kindle, you can download Calibre software for free, which enables you to read it on your computer. Awesome!
Cover art: Liz Campbell; Fractal for cover art: Buddhakat Designs; Publisher: Redmund Productions!
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Written in conceivably credible form, we are introduced into a science fiction era in the frame of time spanning 2320 to 2390. From a personal perspective, this is about three lifetimes hence and were the graphic, dark, gripping descriptions of this fantastical world ever to break true, my son’s children’s children would be the inhabitors of its realm.
In Jabberweil Hunt, author Ian Shaw delivers an action tale so believable in imagery at times, the reader cannot help but wonder from what fantastical mind this intergalactic world has been brought. Knowing Ian as a blogger of everyday life, I was enormously impressed by his capability as an author.
“As was common at all Coriolis stations, there was a peculiarity of gait that the seasoned traveler soon adopted due to the slight lateral drift that occurred thanks to the station’s gravity-generating rotation.”
This futuristic tale holds intergalactic “Superman” John Thorn as its central character. John is an Elite (but worlds-weary) combat trader. He functions on the brink of insanity as he has seen surely too much. That John teeters on such edge; that alone is enough reason to keep reading with interest…
We learn at the outset that from 2320, a war jerked off between the DSU (Democratic Stellar Union) and LAW (League of Aligned Worlds), slipping into stalemate for long periods of time, before treaties were signed in the 2390s. By then, however, LAW had taken a hold on much of this new world.
Edge-of-insanity-John seeks vengeance for the murders-by-poison of his wife, daughter and the inhabitants of Kemp. If you thought justice can be a b*tch to exact on planet Earth, try John’s realm. Sure there exists The Black Judges, who were “formed as a kind of interstellar Texas Rangers”, but “Laws, such as they are, are limited to no further than the edge of the star systems they protect. Beyond this limit, there is but one law”.
Script such as this throughout the novel had me thinking, musing, contemplating the beyond of star systems, and of our planet. Such narrative gems are plotted at regular turns of the tale and leave hints of intrigue drifting through your mind.
Well worth two wee dollars and 99 cents, Jabberweil Hunt is a richly descriptive and imaginative scribe on a fictitious world. Author Ian Shaw spares no details in enabling the reader to picture just how real this surreal landscape is.
While “Leaving whatever passengers and crew (they carry) to the icy vacuum of deep space”, Ian Shaw gives sure passage to his readers to the nether regions of his imagination. There, he deposits them in a galaxy full of action which flies across the pages so rapidly, vividly that you almost have a sense of having time-travelled when you finally look up after reading the closing words.
A mind-blowing read.
Written by Noeleen, eternal copyright Ian Shaw.