Review: The Transhumanist Wager

I joined Twitter and straight away had a follower and a direct message, isn’t Twitter welcoming?


So I went and downloaded a sample of The Transhumanist Wager by Zoltan Istvan and started reading. I didn’t get to finish the sample. I couldn’t. It’s a flowery, verbose, over-adjective-laden, over-descriptive piece of writing. With similes coming like an avalanche and brutal adjectives assaulting you like a heavy book to the back of the head.

“Her thin black hair danced vibrantly around her petite shoulders” isn’t enough of a description. This goes on for a page or two. Perhaps even three, I was reading on my phone and it went on for six.

The author promises to be visionary but couldn’t hold my interest long enough to deliver. It comes across as the vague ramblings of a religious nut or conspiracy theorist promising an end of the world without their own paticular brand of crazy. It’s mainly rambling, incoherent and parts just start up and then disappear on odd tangents. Someone starts to insult the protagonist but mid insult the book veers into a back story involving a pool cue for a few chapters. I’m not sure if it ever got back to finishing the insult; I flicked forward but didn’t find it.

Transhumanism may be a great goal, improving ourselves through science and technology but hardly the philosophical conundrum presented here.

Would I recommend this book? Hell no, it’s a badly written, going nowhere piece of drivel.


Review: Casting Shadows Everywhere

Casting Shadows Everywhere  by L.T. Vargus  and Tim McBain  

So despite the lack of promised bleach I thought I’d review this book anyway. Why not? Reading and reviewing are excellent ways to procrastinate.

Casting Shadows Everywhere is billed as Catcher in the Rye meets Fight Club. I quite liked the Fight Club movie but never read the book. I wasn’t a fan of Catcher in the Rye. I never really got the obsession with a whiny teenager in the midst of a mental breakdown. Maybe you need to be a wannabe famous killer to get it, not a wannabe author.

The book (and I only read the sample) is ok. It’s not full of glaring typos, it’s easy to follow along, gets the voice right in most places. Some parts are off, “made his face look incongruent and scary” is one of the just awkward phrases but if it is meant to be a teenage boy the misuse of swearwords could be right. It reads like some one who doesn’t swear trying to. The right words but just missing the flow to make it natural.

But that’s as good as it gets. Like Catcher in the Rye it’s a whiney teenage boy who admits to his own failings, “I’m a pussy”, because, you know, teenage boys are all like that. Somewhere I’m sure they’re like that.
It’s not got enough to hold my interest. There are promises of down the line a murder, burglary or some mayhem but really, if this whinger is going to tell the story, I’m not sure these can be enough to hold my interest.

Would I recommend it? Maybe. If you liked Catcher in the Rye check out the free sample on Amazon and see if this is for you. For me it wasn’t enough to spend the four dollars.

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