Review: The Transformation of Adam Higgins by Marvin Amazon

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Publisher: Corinthians Publishing
Publishing Date: November 2013
ISBN: 9780957298590
Genre: fantasy
Rating: 2.0/5.0

Publisher Description: We never choose our destiny. It chooses us.”

It’s been five thousand years since the gods withdrew from the galaxy, leaving the men of each planet to rule themselves. For millennia, the worlds lived in relative harmony. But once again the order has been shaken.
On Earth, a young man is ripped across a universe he didn’t know existed and inextricably tied to an ancient conflict that he can’t begin to understand.
Who are the true heroes? Who is the Chosen One?

Review: The cover art looks like a psychodelic octopus took a big rainbow shit. And what is that ethereal kid doing in there? Looks like a scissor cutout from a coloring book. Is that Adam? Fug me, this is right up there with the worst of the worst.

This had a wildly jumbled story-line that still doesn’t quite make sense. It leaves a lot of unanswered questions, and a ton of questions that should have been answered, but were not. I think the author intentionally leaves out information as he is building a series that will culminate, hopefully, in the third installment. Like it or hate it? Not a big fan of being vague with regard to the storyline. I think it should be spelled out for the reader if the novel is not entertaining a mystery/thriller genre. In subsequent novels, you can build on what is known by the insertion of new events. I think that captivates the reader and engages them more. Gives the reader a sense of control. I just felt this sense of vagueness when reading it that I attribute to the lack of substantive information.

The story-line was awesome as were the characters, except for Adam’s twin sister whom comes off bratty, bitchy, whiney and ineffective at instituting any of her ideas. A real Debbie-Downer. The story flips back and forth between Earth and Tustodes/Corin with alacrity. It helps develop the eventual culmination of the novels intent while providing some insight into what the next installment will be.

I have a couple of reasons for not scoring this novel very high. If you have any of my other reviews, you may know that I abhor the overuse of nouns and verbs when it exceeds what is considered subjectively rational. In this case, as in others, the literary virus of the day was either “Scowl”, “Scowled”, “Scowling”, “Growled” or “Growling”. Fug me. I counted, when cogent, in excess of 50x times that these devices or crutches were used during the course of the novel. Gonna say it again. It takes a little more effort to craft a novel that avoids the overuse of simplistic terms.

The other hitch in this novel was this weird jump from Earth normal to Tustodes/Corin hyper-Camelot speak. Here you have people talking like they came straight out of a King Arthur movie….”You have developed into one of the greatest warriors this planet has ever seen…tread carefully…..do not trust anyone…..” and “they are pure and with so much compassion…..My loyalties lie with you and our great planet before anyone else……. Weird shjt. How is it that you have beings that can traverse the Galaxy, yet reside and behave as a hyper-romanticized version of an Earth story. Heck, its not even a myth. Camelot is based on a story by 15th century writer Thomas Malory. But that’s not the good part. There is King Oncelot (Lancelot?), King Solamon (Solomon?), Corinthus (Corinth?), Copelcius (Copernicus?), Queen Mariam (Marian?) that makes up this melange’ of converted Greco/Arthurian/Robin Hoodian/Princess Bride naming nightmares. Then we have Prince Ramon whom runs around yapping like Inigo Montoya “Hello! My name is Inigo Montoya! You killed my father! Prepare to die!”.

There were quite a few grammatical and spelling errors in this e-copy. Not sure if the editors fell down or something was lost during conversion. I think its the former, as the errors were duplicates within the sentence structure. This could have been a really good novel if it had had a firmer editing hand. Trim the story-line down so it is more believable, rather than this Arthurian jump into LA-LA Land. Curb the over-use of certain verbs and nouns, endless descriptive dialogue and you have a really great read.

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