Review: Thunderdrop

I must say I was rather disappointed with how this story developed. It has a somewhat unique premise, and the author’s style lends itself to a fluid reading experience. However, it felt as though the author herself had some uncertainty as to the pace and prose.

A bit too much of the page is devoted to trivial things, while the sorts of minutiae that in other works find themselves expounded upon with clarity and meaning were left all but unexplored. It became a common thread–no pun intended–that an expectation of deeper meaning would be met summarily with vivid descriptions of banal themes.

This is the sort of tale that could easily have been spun into Herbertesque science fiction mastercraft, but the nascent epic was stifled by what felt rather much like a hurried wrap-up before it could really stretch its legs.

The author has a very smooth style, though dialogue feels a bit shaky. That is, little separates one character’s words from another’s, and a line spoken by one could as easily be imagined as coming from another. Overall, it is an ambitious bit of short fiction that unfortunately falls short of its mark. For the length, however, I would not necessarily dissuade any potential reader from giving it a chance; it certainly has its own charm and character.

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J.C. Augustus Lai Andurin is an Irish-American author and philosopher. Having spent much of his life traveling the U.S., Europe, and Asia, he has a fierce wanderlust and thirst for knowledge. Despite his adventurous spirit, he is a husband and father, first and foremost, with three wonderful children.
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