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review 2017-10-15 00:00
Aaru (The Aaru Cycle Book 1)
Aaru (The Aaru Cycle Book 1) - David M... Aaru (The Aaru Cycle Book 1) - David Meredith

Aaru and I just didn't click, but I do admire how David Meredith uses technology in it. Some of the reasons aren't things that I can say are 'bad', just things that didn't work for me. One of those was that the author chooses to write his character's dialogue in dialect. So you can encounter pages filled with dese, dat, da instead of these, that, and the, etc. I have never been a fan of this style of writing, and every time I encountered it, it jarred me out of the story. It's personal taste. Some readers may really enjoy it. There's also a strong Christian element in Aaru. The religious element didn't particularly bother me, but if you're strongly anti-religious, it may be a turn-off. 


David Meredith has a fascinating premise here in Aaru. Put simply, those who are going to die can have a scan of their conscious done and be uploaded into a virtual sort o Afterlife. I can see where many people would be attracted to the idea of never really losing their loved ones. The idea intrigued me immediately, but soon the ramifications occurred to me. I was happy to see the author willing to explore the potential problems instead of just acting like it was perfect. This is, in my opinion, the strongest point of the story. Everything about it is pretty well thought out, including how someone would access Aaru that wasn't supposed to.


In regards to the characters in Aaru, I really liked Rose, Auset, and Kiku, but didn't really care for the rest of them. They were understandable, but not really likable. Having grown up with an alcoholic father, Rose and Koren's dad made me want to slap some sense into him pretty much any time he appeared on the page. His blustery, compensating-for-something attitude in general just set my teeth on edge. I felt like he never cared for Koren or Rose, but instead for what he could wring from the situation. I felt sorry for Koren, it was obvious that she was having a hard time dealing with the loss of her sister, and I wanted to protect her from the situation she found herself in. Especially considering her parents were too busy enjoying the ride to look out for their living daughter.


Then there was Magic Man.  Magic Man...hated Magic Man. I hated him so much that he almost turned me off Aaru completely. Now, that's not necessarily a bad thing, because it says something for the author that he can create a character so repugnant I would rather not read than have to put up with him. He can make your skin crawl. However, he's also not entirely believable. It's not his perversions, but more the way he talks to himself. And this is a problem that is found in more than just this character. The internal (and sometimes external) dialogue that happens with the characters isn't quite right. It's very


There are lots of things about Magic Man and the book in general that can make a reader uncomfortable. There is paedophilia and child pornography, and two instances of sexual assault. These are only hinted at by the words "obsession and danger" in the blurb, so to say I wasn't expecting it to get as twisted as it did is an understatement. Still, crap like that happens. People can be perverts. And young girls can easily be taken advantage of by people who should know better. David Meredith is really good at getting into that mindset of obsession and making you want to take a shower after reading some of it in Aaru.


Overal, Aaru had some really interesting aspects to it, and I think that David Meredith is a talented writer. Aaru and I just don't work well together. I don't think I was quite the right audience for the book. 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author for review consideration.
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review 2016-09-10 12:49
Book Review - The Reflections of Queen Snow White
The Reflections of Queen Snow White - David C. Meredith
I really enjoyed The Reflections of Queen Snow White. It is wonderfully descriptive and I found it exceptionally hard to put down.

It was somewhat darker than I was expecting, covering aspects of loneliness, sadness, grief and depression. I found it surprisingly emotional in places and even had tears in my eyes.

I don’t wish to go into detail about the plot, as the blurb tells you all you need to know. However, if you enjoy fairy tales and are intrigued about what may or may not have happened to Snow White in the future, then I highly recommend you read this book.

I would like to thank the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and wish him success with this and any future novels.
 
 
 
Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1628797207
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review 2016-08-08 00:00
The Reflections of Queen Snow White
The Reflections of Queen Snow White - David C. Meredith 2.5 stars for now. It wasn't bad, but it just wasn't my cup of tea I guess. Letting it ponder for a little while. Full review to come when I get back from my break!
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review 2016-05-17 20:29
The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith
The Reflections of Queen Snow White - David C. Meredith

We all know the story of how Snow White found her Prince Charming and they lived happily ever after.  Or do we?

 

In David Meredith's The Reflections of Queen Snow White the "ever after" part didn't quite work out the way it sounds.  You see, Prince Charming was quite a bit older than Snow, so he passed away, while Snow still had quite a few years left ahead of her.

 

Preparations are underway for the wedding of Snow and Charming's daughter, Raven, but Snow just isn't showing much interest.  It has been over a year since she lost her prince, and although this should be a happy time for Snow White, she just can't snap herself out of this hopeless depression.  Snow feels as if a huge part of her very soul has gone missing.  

 

Snow White wanders the palace seeking solace.  When she wanders into the unused wing that was once the quarters of her wicked stepmother, she finds the infamous mirror.  This is the one that her stepmother once talked to endlessly, asking it who was the most beautiful woman in the all the land.  Although the rest of the quarters are cobwebbed and dusty, the mirror appears shiny and clean.    

 

As Snow White gazes into the mirror, she finds that she is talking to it, and she is saying things that she has never revealed to anyone before, not even Charming.  The mirror advises her that some people are frightened of their own reflections and too scared to examine what lies deep within them.  The visions the mirror provides will only reveal that which is already a part of her, but may not be fully realized.  

 

Snow White seeks clarity from the mirror.  As she reflects back on the abuse she suffered at the hands of her stepmother, she begins to realize that the pain and torment of these memories still haunt her.  She almost died at the hands of Lady Arglist and she has resented her father for having died, abandoning her to the devices of the evil queen.  And now she resents Charming for leaving her as well.  Although Prince Charming came into her life and put an end to her suffering, she questions whether she ever possessed any strength of her own.  Snow White will need to come to terms with the memories that haunt her and find the strength to carry on without Charming.  Will her wicked stepmother's mirror help Snow, or is this an evil trap?

 

This is a nice little novella, taking us on a different route through Snow White's future.  I found it a very enjoyable and quick read, with a lot of important points being made along the way.  This is a great book for those who might be grieving a loved one.

 

I would like to thank the author for providing me with a complimentary copy of his book in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

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text 2016-04-14 23:47
Free on Kindle Unlimited
The Reflections of Queen Snow White - David C. Meredith

Free on Kindle Unlimited or only $1.99 to buy.  I haven't read it but I thought of several of my followers when I saw this book who I think would enjoy it!

 

Blurb on Amazon:

 

What happens when "happily ever after" has come and gone?

On the eve of her only daughter, Princess Raven's wedding, an aging Snow White finds it impossible to share in the joyous spirit of the occasion. The ceremony itself promises to be the most glamorous social event of the decade. Snow White’s castle has been meticulously scrubbed, polished and opulently decorated for the celebration. It is already nearly bursting with jubilant guests and merry well-wishers. Prince Edel, Raven's fiancé, is a fine man from a neighboring kingdom and Snow White's own domain is prosperous and at peace. Things could not be better, in fact, except for one thing:

The king is dead.

The queen has been in a moribund state of hopeless depression for over a year with no end in sight. It is only when, in a fit of bitter despair, she seeks solitude in the vastness of her own sprawling castle and climbs a long disused and forgotten tower stair that she comes face to face with herself in the very same magic mirror used by her stepmother of old.

It promises her respite in its shimmering depths, but can Snow White trust a device that was so precious to a woman who sought to cause her such irreparable harm? Can she confront the demons of her own difficult past to discover a better future for herself and her family? And finally, can she release her soul-crushing grief and suffocating loneliness to once again discover what "happily ever after" really means?

Only time will tell as she wrestles with her past and is forced to confront The Reflections of Queen Snow White.

 

 

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