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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Driftmetal, Segment One by J. C. Staudt

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction

Setting: On a shattered planet with unique geological properties.

First Sentence: I opened my leg and dug around inside, trying to figure out what was wrong with the blasted thing.

This novel is the first in a series of Driftmetal books which currently runs to four novels.

This is a very different novel.  The author has created a unique world.  Unfortunately, he has not, in my opinion, provided enough exposition for the reader to understand this world.  It just seemed to me that the book needed some editing help to polish off the prose and improve the storytelling.

The plot seemed a little muddled.  It was hard to understand at the beginning, but improved by the end of the book.

The story seemed to be about the main character, an augmented, synthetic human, helping some primies, actual real humans, to recover some stolen gravstone ore from some law lovers.  There are some twists and turns along the way.  And, in the end there is little plot resolution since this is the first in a series of four books.

I read the whole book.  Fortunately it was short.  I probably won't read any more books in the series.

Here's a cheat sheet for some of the vocabulary in this novel:

Driftmetal - a type of mineral that rises rather than falls when released.

Gravstone - a type of mineral that falls when released - very valuable.

Techsouls - synthetic, augmented humans.

Primatives - primies, actual real humans.

Civs - the Civil Regency Corps - law enforcement marshals.

Law Lovers - relatively honest, law abiding people.

The Churn - a place where gravstone and driftmetal circulates in a kind of maelstrom.

Floaters - islands in the sky not attached to the planet, the only real place to live on this planet.


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