Review: Macro-Micro by Ishmael Carol


Publisher: First Design

Publishing Date: August 2017

ISBN: 9781506904573

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 3.7/5

Publishers Description: In a galaxy of conscious celestial beings, ex-rogue planet Chandra protects her adopted sister Gaia from enslavement by aliens and must destroy an army of macro and micro entities to break the blockade on their star system. Aided by her teacher Master Sun and the digital beings living on her planet, Chandra must make choices that will alter forever the fate of humankind – and the Galaxy herself.

Review: “It is all a bit too much”, is a quote from the first and lone reviewer of this novel and is at the story lines’ core.  It is at once compelling, drawn out, smothered, burgeoning, sublime and intriguing.

Chandra (our moon) was killed by the evil apostates and flung into the void, barely alive. The Sun (our Sun) draws her into our solar system where she collides with Gaia (earth), another celestial being. From there the Earth and Moon beings grow in consciousness and ability as they are trained by Master Sun to protect humanity and the digital beings that reside on the moon.

This was a really long novel and because of that it was hard to stay in the game. I kept reading because I needed some closure after 500 pages. This novel could have been edited for length, content and grammar. There were instances where the interchanges between scenes was so long that you lost interest and to lose interest is to lose the story line. So don’t do that. Most of the chapters jump across the time line so if you’re expecting a linear progression of events with maybe a bit of time jumping, tough luck. At times it is not real clear where or when you are in the author’s universe, but if you pay close attention you can work it out. Still, it is not for the faint of heart to follow the story line to a conclusive endpoint.

The supporting characters were well built and interesting while the main characters were a little too speshul. The evil Dyapon and his tube cell cohorts are not easily visualized as the author never really gets to a high degree of descriptive aptitude. While this lack of detail can be filled with your own imagination, it is not the readers job to develop a plethora of characters off the top of  their heads. I thought this was a major failing of the novel with most of the characters.  What was needed was a reduction in the lengthy exchanges between the speshul entities and an expansion of the descriptors in order to draw in the reader.

This was a major undertaking of what I assume is a new author or an established author using a pen name. While at times beautifully rendered this novel fell under it’s own weight. I would still keep an eye out for this author as he/she has the talent to become one of the best in the genre.

3 thoughts on “Review: Macro-Micro by Ishmael Carol

  1. Wooow… over 500 pages? I have to admit, the Sun/Moon/Earth thing sounds supercool… not sure my fish-brain would manage to keep up with it, though…

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