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Book Review: The Erden Archives

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Title: The Erden Archives

Author: Whisky Wilson

Publisher:  BookBaby

Book procurement: Received from the author for an honest review. Book on Goodreads.

Release Date: Nov 1, 2016.

Synopsis:

The Erden Archives: A Monthly Short Fiction Series by Whisky Wilson.

In a digital world, truth is numeral, and whoever holds the code can break free or enslave.

Erden is a world on the brink of cataclysm.  Overpopulated and unenlightened, humanity settled into a comfortable cycle of technological progress at a considerable, hidden expense. Shadow players move people, private militaries, and entire governments in a games of winner-take-all chess.  From behind the scenes, they manipulate information, spinning the truth to ensure their supremacy.

The Erden Archives shares the experiences of those who discover the dark, layered depths of truth on Erden.  To see the world below the surface, individuals must decipher the ancient history of Erden.  Hidden in myth, legend and symbolism, truth waits for their discovery on the fringes of knowledge, where technology and magic blend seamlessly.

Pursued by secret organizations, these individuals struggle against all odds to discover the truth before it is too late- a truth that humanity is not prepared to receive.

Jessica Barnett, a student studying abroad,  finds herself in an impossible situtation.   When a friend betrays her loyalty for profit, Jessica makes a decision where lives hang in the balance.

Review:

A very short read but with an interesting premise of what is to come. The Erden Archives begins with a short yet insightful introduction to Jessica Barnett, who seems to be a rarity among the common folk who have become overly dependent on technology. Humans are able to have implants, yet of course everything comes at a cost. She just doesn’t know exactly how much, even as she is betrayed by a friend who has his own secrets.

The world building is set-up well, with a glimpse at both the good and bad of the technological era where the Erden Archives takes place. The characters introduced so far are unique in their own way, and seem to have interesting stories to tell. It did, however, read like most futuristic stories: flying cars: instant knowledge downloads: a Fifth Element vibe.

Sadly it was also quite short and seemed like a long first chapter in book form. I can’t wait to see what the dynamic Whisky Wilson will do in the next book. Hopefully a nice long novel.

 

Rating:  An intriguing 3 out of 5.

Nthato MorakabiBook Review: The Erden Archives
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The Time Machine

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Title: The Time Machine

Author: H.G. Wells

Genre: Fantasy

Book procurement: Received on Google Play Books. You can buy it on Amazon.

Synopsis: (Goodreads)

The Time Traveler embarks on an astonishing journey into the future. His Time Machine transports him to a far-distant but dying world where humanity is divided into two classes: the graceful , idle Eloi who inhabit the idyllic surface of the world, and the Morlocks, ugly nocturnal creatures who live and work underground. In The Time Machine, Wells created one of the first and finest science fiction stories: a social allegory that is both vivid and perturbing.

Review:

I got this book from Google Play Store when looking for something classic and light to read. I’ve always wanted to and between this and some H.G. Wells, I’m catching up with the rest of the reading world.

The story follows a character only referred to as the Time Traveler as he returns from the most extraordinary journey on the face of mankind. And I do not say that lightly. He has organized a group of respectable men to hear his almost ludicrous claim, that he was traveled in time to the far future and lived through a haunting experience.

The story was engaging, told from the perspective of the Time Traveler, as he sweeps through time in his machine and lives through a couple of exciting and unnerving days in the future. The first person perspective makes for a more personal telling, which made me cringe as I read them. Particularly when it comes to the Morlocks – monstrous nocturnal creatures living underground that make the Time Traveler’s time quite miserable.

The world itself is quite fantastic. Explained in vivid detail infused with the Traveler’s own emotions, the world felt like it was alive. I could almost see the wide green expanse of the valley or the idyllic Eloi people frolicking in the sun or the sweeping stars as the world spun around the Traveler towards the future.

I enjoyed this unfortunately short tale, with its concepts on humanity, progression and society, and I look forward to more stories by one of the “Fathers of Science Fiction”

Rating: A well-meaning 4 out of 5

Nthato MorakabiThe Time Machine
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