BOOK REVIEW: Ansible 15715 by Stant Litore
Let me begin this article by saying: I’m a thug. I read Stephen King all day. Nothing can scare me.
This book, however, kind of freaked me out.
In Litore’s Ansible 15715, readers are transported into a world so terrifying even your worst nightmare couldn’t hold a candle to it. Years into the future, we’ve intercepted Ansible 15715’s final warning to mankind. He (or she…technically…don’t ask, just read) is imprisoned on some distant planet by strange parasitic creatures that are only interested in destruction.
It’s a compelling enough idea, but I must give the truth, the whole and nothing but the truth.
It was good to read once, but not twice. A sequel: sure, but a re-read? No dice. Its strong points are the descriptions and the premise. When reading about Ansible’s experience, I had visceral reactions. It was like I was the lead in a movie: walking through dungeons, starving, suffering, feeling his/her intense fear and desperation. Desperation! That’s the word of the day! I wanted to jump into the book with a lightsaber and rescue her.
The one issue I would have with this book is the same thing I kind of like about it. The desperation. Ansible, we can’t come in there and karate chop those aliens for you, man! There is so much time spent shackling us to this feeling of despair that he lets key story features slip right passed. There’s no character development, barely any plot, and there’s too much telling and not enough showing.
By the end of the story, Ansible‘s pain is left with me, stuck like glue to my emotions, but I still don’t feel like I know her/him. Yeah, it sucks what happens (no, I’m not telling!), but I didn’t get a chance to truly develop an attachment to Ansible.
Ansible 15715 is a supersonic quick-read! It has many creepy moments that will chill your socks off and is definitely worth a browse. Seriously, I read it all in one sitting, but I have to say: I wanted more.
Hey Litore! Sequel?
Oh, and if I wasn’t obnoxious enough with my plugging, here’s a link so you can get a copy:
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