Monday, April 23, 2012
REVIEW: Vonnegut and Douglas Adams rewrite Brave New World and find The Future Perfect by Kirk Mustard
Publishing Information: Kindle; 350 pages
Publisher: Kirk Mustard
Copy: Given by author
Synopsis: "The Future Perfect is the hot new satire of the future. A funny, imaginative, provocative look a things to come.
San Francisco TV reviewer Joe Soko called it one of the best satires ever. It's a brilliant portrait of mankind - for anyone, sci-fi fan or not, who loves to laugh at or explore the absurdity, magic and mystery of human existence.
It's been called the next Brave New World, with a touch of Kurt Vonnegut and a hint of Douglas Adams. You won’t be able to put it down."
It is no secret that I am a fan of Kurt Vonnegut. Not so much of Adams, but I do appreciate his works. That said, when I was offered the chance to read a book that was said to be in the same vain of the two authors I took the opportunity. Sadly, the book just does not do either author any justice.
The characters are written in the same vein as Vonnegut; however, the author never quite got any of them right. You quickly find yourself not caring about any of the characters which is what Vonnegut does well. Mustard does not. That is perhaps the reason why I had little to no interest an the book or its resolution. The characters were absolutely boring and unlikable.
On the Adams' side, Mustard attempts to write dialogue and situations that you would find in an Adams' novel. Here he is a little more successful but the end result is still not very pretty.
The second issue I had with the book were all of the misspellings and other grammatical errors. I am a teacher by day and there were a lot of double commas and other issues which were glaring mistakes. We all make mistakes (I am sure there may even be one or two in this review), however this was a final draft and one that is out there for the public to read and to not have someone edit the book for you before you publish goes to show you that you do not care for your audience or your work in general.
These two issues were the main problems that I had with the book and why I cannot recommend the novel. There is one other problem, the cover. Bad does not even begin to describe the cover of the book.