Completed 6/17/2017, reviewed 6/18/2017
This book was a gift. The giver said here’s some bona fide pulp science fiction from the 60’s. Enjoy. Well. No. It’s pulp alright, but that’s the best thing that can be said about it. Even though it was a short book, a novelette perhaps, it dragged on and on. It was practically incomprehensible. It was the worst book I’ve read in years. And a warning, there's a spoiler in this review.
The only reason I can give a plot summary is because there was one on the book’s back cover. Boraston is a teacher who gets transported into an eerie world where there are these creatures called Diabols. They are made of light, like shimmering jewels, but their light kills. Boraston seems to be immune to these death rays, having survived a fire unscathed in his own place and time. He’s given a mission to transport a group of children across the barrens. That evolves into destroying the Diabol nests. In the meantime, he’s trying to save the children after they’ve been captured by the Corps.
The writing is awful. The author uses tons of adverbs. His favorite was “blackly”, as in “The lines separated the sky blackly”. Yeah, what does that even mean. I realize adverbs were used more frequently in the past, but they are all over the place and make for very complicated sentences. There’s almost no character development. There were only a few characters, but I had a terrible time keeping them distinct. And there are simply times where the transitions between sentences and paragraphs just don’t make sense. It’s more like reading a dream.
Oops. Spoiler. Aw, what the hell. The book is so rare, most people aren’t going to read it. And I would steer anyone away from this book if you had any interest in reading it. I give this book one star out of five. Really, it’s half a star, but some of the sites I post to don’t allow for halves. So if you see this book in a used book store, don’t buy it. It’s not worth the effort.