Another Review, this time from Review Haven in the U.K. Adam, the site owner/reviewer was unfailingly polite in his emails, to the point where he inquired whether or not I wanted him to cross post to other venues in light of the negative rating. I thought that quite decent of him. His assessment is below. Apparently, Running Black didn’t engage him and I’m sorry to disappoint. I certainly understand some folks aren’t going to like it, for whatever reasons. It’s just that after a third reading, I’m still not sure what his were. Oh well.
The story started promisingly. I liked chapter one quite a lot. But it turns out that it’s not representative of the rest of the story. In fact, It’s more of a prologue. Which is unfortunate.
While I liked the story, and the idea of clones – if not the names of the first three – I found that the narrative was extremely difficult to read. And I’m not really sure why, if I’m honest. There is one thing that contributed I’ll discuss in a moment, but other than that… I don’t know. Maybe it was too jargon-y or something. I just found myself not actually understanding what was going on quite often.
The one thing I COULD put a finger on was the random Spanish. Multiple-language narrative is one of the things I hate most in books. So that really didn’t help. I just don’t see the point in having random Spanish words in the middle of a sentence. It’s not quite as bad in the dialogue – but given that I don’t understand Spanish, it means I don’t actually know what they are saying then!
A couple of little positives – I quite liked the idea that Britain is a leading technology country – and that flopsy, mopsy & cottontail haven’t entirely disappeared from culture by 2059. More importantly I liked most of the characters – particularly Gibson, who I felt had a really good storyline. I also liked the character from chapter one, who keeps thinking of his family.
But I’m going to keep this a fairly short review – because I don’t know really know what it is that went wrong. I enjoyed the story, but found it really quite difficult to read. Unfortunately, I’m not going to read the next one.