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"into the psyche "the psyche the main character and even the side characters Sure there s escapism they re flying a spaceship into the depths the main character and even the side characters Sure there s escapism they re flying a spaceship into the depths the solar system to investigate an unexplained anomaly But this is not a floor you with action ind of book It s measured and intense In a world where the flashiest science fiction is becoming increasingly mainstream particularly in the movie industry this ind of novel is refreshing even if it is so dark Smythe clearly values depth of character over plot though don t get me wrong because the plot definitely does not come up short I can only imagine the
Kinds Of Diagrams It Wouldof diagrams it would to design such a twisting overlapping plot such as this or that of The Explorer as well So if you love time jumping plots then sure go for it Or if you re like me and dare to read both genre fiction as well as that one L word coughliteraturecough give Smythe a try and you won t be disappointed This was not uite as good as the first one but I still completely loved it I m very curious to read the rest of the series when he gets around to releasing them He writes really well also He gets an amazing amount of information across about what he s not saying by what he is saying It s fascinatingSeriously I may have to start stalking and harassing him so that he ll write the other two ASAP Get your head out of the YA clouds buddy and give me about The Anomaly This is uite possibly the most depressing book I have ever read The main character the narrating voice is a petty insecure and hopelessly inadeuate person whose accomplishments are completely and incredulously out of sync with the task to which he s been assigned The writer mercilessly and sadly rather elouently explores in infinite detail the conseuences this has for the mission and then subjects the reader to the incredibly slow paced exploration of a plot mechanism that had me at times almost writhing with angst I guess that could be seen as some ind of intellectual achievement but personally I feel I do not need to examine the futility of life at the pace and with the sensation of fi It s been twenty years since the disappearance of the Ishiguro A new mission has set out to conduct research on the anomaly where the Ishiguro was last seen a vast area of nothingness in space There is a sibling rivalry between Mira and Tomas right from the start of their lives and throughout their careers Identical twins Tomas was born with a birthmark and Mira Mirakel was unexpected both looking towards science both over achieving Tomas is left at mission control on earth whilst Mira had the chance to see the anomaly in person This separation and professional reliance on each other is a red flag Something is bound to go wrongIt took me a while longer than James other books to get into Mira s lack of connection to the crew also distances the reade My but this is a challenging book to review First though let me say this if you liked The Explorer then you should definitely like The Echo which takes the formula from the first book and refines it in every aspect resulting in a book that is much polished emotional and insightful than its predecessor Smythe s writing style is one that focuses on thoughts than on actions His narration jumps around from the immediate plot to flashbacks played out in character s heads to inner character monologues about the meaning of life The pace of his books is slow or if you prefer thoughtful However the plot is not the point of the book the book is a character study that just happens to be set in space and a very good one at that It s too bad that the pace might put off some readers who need super fast action in every breath This is not a uick read despite the book only being 300 pages You ll need time to read and chew on every chapterSmythe gives Mira the protagonist feelings of intense inferiority and intense jealousy that should resonate well with anyone who s ever found themselves in another s footprints and shadow But what makes Smythe s character so intriguing is how slowly his thoughts and feelings are revealed In fact Mira spends much of the first half of the novel trying to convince the reader and himself that he s not jealous and in many ways superior to his ever present twin brother Mira presents himself as very detached and clinical From a plot standpoint this is probably a really good thing because the experiences of the book emotionally shatter other weaker characters very uickly and the narration would have become tedious if Mira had done likewise Instead his scientific approach to the events of the book allows his inevitable decay to come slowly adding weight depth and much sadness I am impressed that Smythe was able to create a character who at the start of the novel is so cold and unlikable but by the end of the novel is sympathetic and tragic In an article written for Entertainment Weekly Stephen King famously said that Nightmares exist outside of logic and there s little fun. Others Tomas and Mirakel Hyvönen – this space craft has a bold mission to study what is being called ‘the anomaly’ – a vast blackness of space into which the Ishiguro disappeared Between them Tomas on the ground guiding the mission from the command centre and Mira on the ship with the rest of the. ,
To be had in explanations This sentiment perfectly encapsulates Smythe s approach to the plot of this novel There are many uestions left unanswered and I m not really sure I want any answers to them There s fun in mystery and science has a tendency to ruin the mystery with logic and explanations Stupid science Like I said before this book is a character study The fact that Mira is on an expedition to explore a space anomaly that ended the last voyage is merely a vehicle to add isolation suspense and horror to Mira s journey of self discovery The little bits of plot that do make it into the book are excellent and all inds of mind bendy The images of the last thirty pages or so are particularly good and will stick with me a very long time I was worried about this little uartet of books after reading The Explorer But now after reading The Echo I am eagerly waiting book number three Well done Mr Smythe On a side note I actually think that this book would make a great
companiondiscussion book to Hugh Howey s Sand Omnibus Both books deal withbook to Hugh Howey s Sand Omnibus Both books deal with family and self worth Both books are set in a very very hostile environment And while one book starts bleak and ends with hope the other starts with hope and ends with none The books are of similar length and I could see some really nerdy book club one that I would happily join dissecting the crap out of these two excellent novels This is masterpiecePeople who don t get this must be in the wrong loop And will stay in a loop until they realize that But this book isn t an action movie And you have to be interested in your on inner life and not be afraid of what you could find there in order to appreciate someone else sI thought I d complain a little about pretty obvious analogy between anomaly and that particular dark illness mentioned several times in the book not being explored but at the end I realize it s there At least I think it is If it is and I m not imagining it s refined and subtle Far subtle than I would make it in my lack of skillSpace being what it is and anomaly being even worse in that regard isn t particularly pittoresue a place so what s left to describe but first person point of view its verbosity catalyzed by uniform ambiguity of surroundings And if you do it right while writting with meditative concentration not sure how else you ll become the character you write about and convince your reader he s that character too That s how real it will be Because there s that organic randomness in stream of though you can t invent and you can t record it uite like that if it was your own
So It Must Have Reallyit must have really to a real person Unless YOU were the ECHO of that very same personJames Smythe
DID IT RIGHTTHIS IS MASTERPIECE WHATit rightThis is masterpiece What great seuel to The Explorer Interesting dark well written mysterious and in the last third absolutely terrifying The Echo is the first book from James Smythe that I can give 5 stars to The problem was with me I had read all his novels but they were almost to dark and uncomfortable for me Not any Smythe just needs some time to rearrange your reading brain After that you ll be his for life Really great science fiction Twenty years after the Ishiguro vanished two brilliant scientists have been asked to help answer the many uestions surrounding this disappearance Identical twins Tomas and Mirakel Hyv nen have been interested in space travel since children Not space just the euipment Can that find the Ishiguro will they solve the mystery or will this just lead to uestionsThis is the seuel to The Explorer so it is going to be hard reviewing this book without giving anything away Already I might have said too much about the first book but I highly recommend reading The Explorer anyway This series is off to a fantastic start and I m already eager for the next book which unfortunately may not be till next yearIf you have never read James Smythe before I recommend him highly His books The Explorer and The Machine book made my top books of 2013 that is a rare and incredible feat since I had so many books to pick from Smythe writes literary science fiction that not only eeps you on the edge of your seat they will also get you contemplating humanityThe Echo has that philosophical and bleak style you come to expect from James Smythe While this book sounded like there weren t any thrilling moments I was wrong I was addicted to this book as much as The Explorer and it ept me up late at night I love the way this author looks at life and sanity there is so much he wants to say and I m beginning to wonder if the planned four books series is enoughI really want to say about this novel but I m afraid anything I do say will be a spoiler I hate leaving a review so short but I highly recommend this series and that is all I can really tell you James Smythe has another book coming out this year so I have something to look forward to I m sure The Testimony will also be read during the course of 2014 as wellThis review originally appeared on my blog. Hand picked crew are leaving nothing to chanceBut soon these two scientists are to learn that there are some things in space beyond our understanding As the anomaly begins to test the limits of Mira’s comprehension – and his sanity – will Tomas be able to save his brother from being lost in space too. .
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I pretty much finish every book I but I came very close to this one than once I don t now is but I came very close to tossing this one than once I don t now who is blame the author or the editors The term that I eep coming back to for this book is stupid It s a stupid book I had no problem with the strange first person narrative style of the book That was an interesting experiment that actually works reasonably well And the plot and the workings of the artifact were intriguing Even the ending was interesting But I ept tripping over idiocy that any decent editor should have removed The first chapter and beginning of the second beat into your head the idea that Every part of this process has been designed to ensure that nothing can go wrong I cannot stress that enough the level of control that we have enacted on this entire operation He must say it a hundred times Even entering the ship is a carefully orchestrated process But then we find they did no zero G training made no plans for the psychological health of the crew have no sleep schedule at all don t seem to now about major health issues in two crew members and don t really have much of a plan on what to do during the journey It s like the first two chapters were written with that careful control idea then the author said ah heck with it this is too much trouble and forgot it completely There are tons of these inconsistencies in the book The protagonist only every dry swallows pills then later has to find water to take his pill then later decides he is starting to get used to dry swallowing a pill Editor Where were youThe author does not understand basic physics He routinely confuses acceleration with velocity He doesn t understand the concept of momentum at all And then we will coast using that momentum slowing to maintain that speed only holding it as long and as far as we can Slowing to maintain that speed He refused to let a crew member talk to his family because it would be using scarce communication resources Never mind that he Encounters with Rauschenberg: (A Lavishly Illustrated Lecture) keeps a 24 hour channel open to his brother Then we get into the plot stupidities There is never any thought as to reasonable approaches to solving the problems they encounter You find yourself screaming at the book I don t want to put in spoilers but there were some simple things they could have done or at least tried at many points in the book Instead it s clear the author has a plot and is following that without justifying any of the action One major plot point is seriously deus ex machina The characters go to sleep at the same time no less and wake to a situation change that is completely implausible yet something they likely could have thought to do themselves in a controlled way There s another situation with a simple resolution that might have saved two crew members but he didn tnow what would happen so he just decided to leave them dead The protagonist is really fond of inaction because we don t Vögeln ist schön: Die Sexrevolte von 1968 und was von ihr bleibt know what will happenI m shocked this has good reviews I felt it was an insult to my intelligence And I really blame the editor Some simple feedback and the author could have fixed most of the problems uite easily The fact he did not makes this book just about impossible to tolerate Here s an excerpt of my review of The Echo at SF SignalFollowing in the footsteps of the phenomenal first book The Explorer The Echo rewards fans with answers to the anomaly located deep in outer space but then adds danger as the anomaly s strengths and mystery increase More than that though the story of its main character Mira is touching succinct and a perfect fit for a reader toe to toe in the battle between ambition and failureThe Explorer already uncovered a mind bending characteristic of the anomaly The Echo successfully doubles the mystery while still leaving plenty to discover in the remaining planned two books This is is theind of science fiction horror that I crave I don t get this blend of science fiction mystery horror and emotion anywhere else I absolutely loved The Explorer and though this book isn t directly a seuel it follows the events of The Explorer but can be read stand alone I highly recommend checking out the first book if you haven t yet The Echo is similar in style to its predecessor dark atmospheric paced and tense However the voice of the main character in The Echo Mira a Swedish scientist is distinct and very different from the first book whose main character was a journalist Mira has a twin Tomas with whom he has competed and collaborated with his entire life yet Mira is the one who goes into space while Tomas stays at mission control on Earth and has remote access to everything on the ship There is a perceived power struggle and we can never be sure when Mira is being paranoid or when Tomas is actually exerting too much control Since we re only in Mira s head we are awash with his emotions and self doubt and the internal struggles of this character are inexorably linked with the flow of the storyThough The Echo is sci fi it is not a fun raucous rom. Twenty years following the disappearance of the infamous Ishiguro – the first manned spacecraft to travel deeper into space than ever before – humanity are setting their sights on the heavens once Under the direction of two of the most brilliant minds science has ever seen – that of identical twin br. .