Mark Szasz, aka griffinpoet, has written a review of On a Sphere’s Edge. Actually he has written two, though one is an edited version of the original.
The review was solicited in that I asked him if he felt like taking the time, I would appreciate it, though his efforts were not compensated. Heck, such requests are openly implied and implored by all authors and creators to everyone who views their work, but so few of us are willing to put forth any effort at considered commentary, though behind the back ridicule is far too common. So I want to thank Mark for taking the time to write his thoughts on my work.
You would be surprised at how uncommon this is. There is an old marketing adage; If you receive a letter from a customer, there are at least 10 other customers who feel exactly the same way but did not want to take the time to write it, and for each of those 10 there are 10 more who feel the same but won’t take the time to say it.
We’ve all been there. We read some great book, or watch some great movie, or go to some great restaurant, but we hardly mention it. Maybe a few words to some of our closest friends, and that’s it. It is surprising too, considering the avenues that are available to us today. There was a time that word-of-mouth was the only way to express your feelings on such a thing. Now you can Tweet it, Book it, Yelp it, List it, and in the case of most books you can so easily Review it or at least Rate it. But only 1 in 100 of us will take that time.
So my hat is off to Mark for taking the time. For taking the time to listen to all 7 hours of my first audio book. For taking the time to read through the e-book. And most of all, for taking some time out of his busy day to write a review. I’ve appended the review to this post, though you can see it on Audible.com, and a shortened version on Amazon.com.
Mark is a poet, artist, and new blogger, among other things. If I understand things correctly the image I have used for this post is one from Mark’s own hand. Perhaps being poet and blogger is the reason he was willing to take time to write a review. Bloggers, poets, authors, we all live by the written word. Writing, and most importantly expressing, do not come naturally but are unstoppable forces.
As a thank you for taking the time to write a review, I’ve reactivated my Blog Roll and put Mark’s blog at the top of the list. Take some time and visit Mark’s blog, Literary Legerdemain, and take a look at some of his written expressions, just as he took time to look into mine.
Here’s his review:
Overall: 5 stars
Performance: 5 stars
Story: 4 stars
“An excellent listen – you’ll want to read it, too!”
Where does On a Sphere’s Edge rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
“I don’t listen to many audiobooks so I don’t have a lot of comparison to go by. However, the other experiences I had were very static next to this one. It includes all kinds of bells and whistles: music, sound effects, and (best of all) a variety of character voices. Though my audiobook experiences have been minimal, I’d say this touches on all the fronts an audiobook should touch on for me. And, hopefully, for you, too.”
Who was your favorite character and why?
“One drawback to audio – you don’t see how names appear in writing. So, as not to butcher the name of the individual I found most endearing, I will choose not to share it. However, in hopes of creating a little bit of mystery, I’ll give you this clue: Pleasure Planet ;)”
Which scene was your favorite?
“In one of the early chapters, there is a whole segment that describes reentry into a planet’s atmosphere. There are plenty of great segments in the book, but that was one of the first to make an impression on me (the first of many).”
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
“Wanted to: yes. Able to: no. For my own listening habits, I did not find it one that I could listen to all at once. There is a lot of content in each chapter so I feel like it may be better if you enter the experience intending to listen in chunks.”
Any additional comments?
“While reading this, I was very impressed by the detail in it. The characters and the setting are developed in the most exciting and complete ways, ways that you almost exclusively see in science fiction. The author demonstrates their strong comprehension of the genre they were writing in. If you enjoy Philip K. Dick, William Gibson, Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein, then I suspect you will find ‘On a Sphere’s Edge’ thoroughly enjoyable!”