First Annual #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!
It’s the last day of this great event.
The final author I’m featuring is:
We’re talking about the book Sapo Saga . First up, my review:
Author I Haven’t Previously Read
A to Z Challenge book
I swear I’ve read something else with characters named Ophelia and Ulysses. Or were they both just Shakespear character names? No, I swear there was a story once. Not that it matters, they are only names, but that’s gonna bug me. Mosquito bite in my memory.
““But this is not the story,” says Kindly.” That line kept coming up. So does “for all intents and purposes.” I think the theme of the book is that everyone wants to be remembered. Or that they deserve to be. I think that is what Kindly meant.
“Iris” was, by far, my favorite story in the book. There was deep philosophy there. That’s the character I could relate to best.
This is a science-fiction book, but it could easily be turned into any other branch of speculative fiction. There’s mythology hinted at in some of the stories. I don’t read a lot of SciFi, but I do enjoy SpecFic and myths as both a reader and a writer. There is very little use of scientific terms. Average middle-graders could comprehend this level of sci-fi, so it’s easy to read and enjoy. Actually, this reminded me of the style of “Spoon River Anthology” by Edgar Lee Masters, but less poetic. I’d recommend it to someone looking for something a little different to read. There is a tragedy mentioned. It’s a complex story.
I would guess that Vaughn is the author’s favorite character, as that story was very interesting. It takes until the end of the book for things to make sense, so this is probably something best read twice. I liked it better after I finished reading it. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The author and I do not know each other, but have both participated in the same blogging challenge.
I wish I could better picture any of the characters or settings. Outerspace with scrap floating around was the only setting I could get in my head. Yvette is quite a mystery, though the ending clears it up a bit. I believe that Reeve is the character who most holds up a mirror to society, being a manipulative tyrant. The title did make sense. The plot bounces around because of the unique and unusual method of storytelling employed. It was well edited. It’s hard to put down because there are a lot of characters to keep straight in your head. I’m not sure if the obstacles or goals were easy or difficult for the characters because it’s not that kind of story, per se.
Quotes I enjoyed:
They never tell you that your heart’s desire can ruin you.
There are plenty of cultures where working on art is not relevant to the culture at all, because they can’t afford it.
So I believe him when he says that he went to outer space, saved a whole world, and somehow returned home to try and resume his life.
Genre: Science Fiction
Twenty-six perspectives collide to present a portrait of an epic showdown between good and evil as the world of Zala proves to be the last stand of the Sapo Order. The human who would become known as Ulysses appears and deposes the tyrant Reeve, but things only get worse from there… Soon, everything is lost, and blame is pinned on Sapo warrior Zuri. The truth is lost to history, Ulysses becomes legend, returns home to Earth, and finds that his family is a new kind of battleground. His son doesn’t believe his stories, his daughter does, and his wife may have reached her emotional limit waiting all those years for his return. Time passes, and in space a scavenger named Drexel discovers the android Kindly, who may hold the key to unlocking the truth about what happened on Zala. Twenty-six perspectives, and one big mystery: Who is Kindly? The truth will astonish you!
What motivates you to write book reviews? Or, if you don’t write them, what deters you?
I don’t blog book reviews, but I have been writing them for a number of years at Goodreads. It’s just a habit I picked up. Originally I did blog my reviews, but then I went in search of a wider audience. I write them mostly to share my thoughts, which often seem to be uncommon. I want to share whatever insights I might have, in the hopes that other readers will get a better sense of the material, whether to find greater appreciation, or even sometimes to warn readers away. With the books I truly love, I hope I can express my passion in such a way that gets others to at least have a look, even if they don’t come to the same conclusions. The best books deserve wider recognition than they sometimes seem to get.
Why did you start blogging?
Back in yon olden days before social media exploded, blogging was a natural extension of internet message boards that helped you establish an identity for yourself if, say, you happened to be an introvert and found it difficult to do so in the real world.
Do you have any other books?
Monorama, Terror of Knowing (poetry), The Whole Bloody Affair, Pale Moonlight, Metatron, Miss Simon’s Moxie, Miss Simon’s Brute, Miss Simon’s Dime Novel, Terrestrial Affairs, Monkey Flip, Reading Biblically (nonfiction)
Read the best available, watch the best available, discover what books speak to you, movies speak to you, TV. And write what makes sense to you.
Where did the idea for this book come from, other than the alphabet and the challenge?
Some comic book scripts I’d written and subsequently repurposed.
What writing goal do you hope to accomplish this year?
I have a lot of projects I’m either working on already or would like to start.
As a reader, what most motivates you to buy a new book to read?
If the title is interesting, and if the book description is equally interesting, and if sampling the interior proves either the title or the description proves either of those first two as being accurate. And obviously, if I’ve read the author before, and if that was a good thing.
What is one question or discussion topic which you would like the readers of this post to answer or remark on in the blog comments?
How often to you consider that everyone has a unique perspective on something, and that they are going to be right, even if those perspectives disagree?
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