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  • By FRANCINE TAYLOR
    Sep 19, 2009
    "Re: Um?" ARE YOU SURE YOU READ THE SAME BOOK I DID? IT SEEMED TO ME THAT HE WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE GIRL'S COMPASSION AND CARING OF OTHER PEOPLE AND HER STRENGTH THAT HE HAD NEVER SEEN BEFORE IN ANYONE ELSE AND THE QUALITIES THAT HE DIDNOT POSSESS HIMSELF, BUT IN THE END HE LET HIMSELF FEEL COMPASSION AND CARING JUST LIKE SHE DID. MAYBE YOU OUGHT TO READ THE BOOK AGAIN. AND IF YOU DON'T WANT THE BOOK,I KNOW SEVERAL PEOPLE WHO WOULD LIKE TO OWN IT FOR THEIR COLLECTION. PEOPLE WHO REALL APPRECIATE REAL SCIENCE FICTION. FRANCINE TAYLOR
  • By Evan Slozankowski
    Sep 25, 2008
    "Re: Re: Um?" Why would I want to read this again? If I want to read about manly men going out and doing manly things I'll pick up a copy of Field and Stream. Also, Francine, there's no need to yell. . . . (post in all caps).
  • By Andrew Meador
    Jul 19, 2008
    "A well of potential, tapped only on the surface" Much in the tradition of Dune or the famously-popular Star Ocean series, Haven chronicles the story of humanity beyond this planet and into the infinite firmament of space. It begins, rather laborously, describing the remnants of humanity's descent onto an earth-like planet, crash-landing, and being forced to create a home out of this alien land. However, the humans learn quickly that they are not alone on this planet and what quickly ensues is a bloody, convincing fight for survival. The world of Haven is brilliantly executed and wonderfully described. We are treated to vivid alien landscapes, harsh forests, a mysteriously abandoned city, and a wonderful and convincing hybridization of existing technology and the basic human instincts of survival. Stranded on an unfamiliar terrain with no means of production, humans are forced to make do with their wits and what few surviving pieces of technology they have remaining. This... More > is the strong point of this author's style. He is able to put himself into a strange environment, and realistically postulate how others would feel and react in this situation. You will not find any Deus Ex Machinas in this book - it is, largely, a convincing book, retaining believability while still captivating an engaged reader. However, that is not to say that all is right with the world of Haven. As beautiful of a world as the author crafts with his vivid use of the language, there are immense problems with character development, especially during the first 60 or so pages of the book. Characters are often treated and introduced dispassionately, and conflicts, especially the conflict between Governor Hedrick and Michael Lee, seemed rather weakly done. It is worthy of note, however, that as we become more engaged in the story and the characters, so does the author, giving the main character, Stephen, an almost messianic rise from an irresponsible teenager to a person of great power, wisdom, and responsibility. Truly great are the books which can chronicle a character's GROWTH - what a shame, then, that so few characters in this story were given the lavish treatment by the author that our hero was. This also does not excuse the fact that many characters are introduced throughout the book with little explanation or backstory. Developing this element is essential to telling a good story. A final problem that I have with the book is a bit more subtle, but deserves mention. The author makes great mention of his religious beliefs in the foreward, and makes frequent mention of prayer throughout the book. While this may have a place amongst Christian readers, it does not belong in the world of science fiction, as many will see it as a proselytizing intrution. This is not to say that such beliefs are necessarily bad, but injected into a story, even subliminally, can alienate viewers and cause a certain amount of cognitive dissonance within the story itself. However, this is, on the whole a minor problem. Having said this, I feel that the world of Haven is one in which we have not even scratched the surface. I would be interested in knowing the final fate of the Earth, the demise of the Alpha Journey, and the fate of the survivors after the exciting climax in this wonderful book. This book is not meant to be self-contained - it paints too vibrant and vivid a picture of an entire universe, humanity, and the uncertainty and ambiguity that plague us all to simply end. If treated properly, and improved upon, the world of Haven could easily become legendary and well-known amongst science fiction readers the world over.< Less
  • By Vincent Sweeney
    May 19, 2008
    "Re: Um?" I'm sorry you didn't enjoy HAVEN very much, and I appreciate your criticisms. I will bear them in mind for my future works. I was not able to afford any professional copyediting or proofreading services when I published with lulu, and it has been my hope that people would be able to overlook any fumbles an amateur writer like myself might make. Perhaps I should mention that this is actually my first novel, and I wrote the bulk of it while still in my teens. As for the more prominent roles of the male leads, it might be attributable to the fact that I conceived of HAVEN as having a fairly medieval tone. I did not find the idea of aggressive women to be very fitting for the type of story I was trying to tell. If anything, I was trying to symbolize only the most beautiful aspects of feminism. I have always found humility and gracefulness to be some of the most noble and respectable traits a woman can possess. I meant no disrespect in portraying them so much in the... More > female characters. In fact, it might comfort you to know that I have conceived of many subsequent stories in which females play very prominent and powerful roles. Thank you again for your comments. I hope this response has been helpful.< Less
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Product Details

ISBN
9781430307587
Publisher
Vincent Sweeney
Published
February 26, 2008
Language
English
Pages
261
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.99 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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