Book Review: Dark Space

Since I’ve run out of things to post in my normal style, I decided I’d give y’all a review of some of the books I’ve read lately.  Why?  Because I want to write, but nothing else is coming to mind.  And since I’m not one to leave well enough alone, I’ll just sit here and ramble randomly if I don’t find some constructive place to put my (virtual) pen to work.  And if by some dumb luck this helps restore your love of reading (because there’s nothing better to be good at, in my humble opinion – except maybe sex) then AWESOME – my work here is done and we’re all happy.

Most of you who know me know I’m an avid reader.  Rarely do I go a month without reading three or four books.  And the beauty of Pixel of Ink and Book Bub are that if I don’t like a book I can move on to the next one for low/no monetary waste.

My tastes vary widely.  Fantasy stories intrigue me (Terry Brooks, for example, or the Shadowdale/Tantras/Waterdeep trilogy); so do legal dramas (John Grisham), military thrillers (Tom Clancy), in-depth horror stories (Stephen King) and funny novels (Dave Barry, Douglas Adams).  It just depends on my mood and whether I can find a good book in that genre or not.

Unfortunately as of late I’ve hit a pretty bad dry spell when it comes to books I’ve grabbed free or for $0.99 off Amazon.  I made it about fifty pages in to “The Alberta Connection” before I gave up on it; halfway through “The Thirteenth Step: Zombie Recovery” and forced myself through “In A Small Town” before regretting not being able to get that piece of my life back.

So when I picked up Dark Space I was somewhat pessimistic.  The plot is what caught me; it didn’t take the normal “aliens invade, brave Earth denizens fight them off” approach that it seems 99.9994827% of every space book seems to take.  Sure it’s worth a buck, right?  Worst case I get a handful of chapters in and I skip grabbing that second $0.99 coffee from QuikTrip tomorrow morning and it’s all even.

Let me tell you I was pleasantly surprised.  Jasper T. Scott is the author, and he writes a good story.  You can read my review on Amazon if you want to, but the short of it is this.  If you can get past the abrupt ending that mashes the “REALLY?  Come on, now” button hard twice in the last few chapters this is a good read.  There were a couple of loose ends that weren’t tied up but those just left me looking forward to reading book 2 (it’s a trilogy, I believe), not disappointed I didn’t find out what happened to some of the characters.  It was easy for me to get lost in the book which, as far as I’m concerned, is exactly what a good book is supposed to do.

I could imagine what the cruisers look like, feel the artificial gravity and hear the “plink” of shells off a fighter.  Scott definitely engaged the imagination throughout the book.  Some concepts (holo-skin, for example) I couldn’t wrap my mind around, but that’s fine – I just accepted those and kept on.

While I wouldn’t put it at the quality/depth of a John Grisham legal thriller or a Stephen King horror novel it’s a good read, and well worth the $0.99 investment.  There’s some decent action and the story line is good.

Final verdict:  Worth a $0.99 read.  Personally I’d drop a couple of bucks on it; probably not the “normal” $5.99 or $7.99 price tag that books come out at, but definitely $2 or $3.

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