Mysteries, Secrets, and Lies – Through the Whole of Space-Time, Book 1
Themes & Genres: Space Opera, Sci-Fi
WARNING: Mature Content
One thousand years in the future, Dr. Keiff Carmadden joins a small institute at the center of the galaxy and soon finds the layers of his enlightened society peeling away. Before long he discovers each of his new alien colleagues possess a mysterious background, although none more menacing than that of an enigmatic machine intelligence from a secretive realm at the edge of the galaxy, and only the institute’s chairman—himself a cybernetic simulation of life—is fully aware of the foreign entity’s true purpose. Can Carmadden and his new friends cut through all the half-truths and hype before the ominous machine seizes control?
What I think of the book:
Sci-Fi isn’t something I often review on the blog, but here’s one book that’s predominantly that, and I want to start with… The title.
Mysteries, Secrets, and Lies – Through the Whole of Space-Time, a Keiff Carmadden Tragicomedy – oh, wow, that is a mouthful! Not really part of the review; just wanted to put that out there. Mind you, from a marketing point of view, a title this long might not be the best choice since it wouldbe difficult for readers to remember it…
But let’s get to the review.
And since I mentioned the title, I’ll move on to the names in the book. As is often the case with Fantasy and Sci-Fi novels, the author has come up with his own names, nine percent of which I’m pretty sure I’m reading wrong, and ninety percent of which I have no idea how to read. A glossary with their pronunciation is a needed addition to the book, and it will be a good idea to also include (or have a separate one) for terminology. I don’t often read Sci-Fi so I can’t say how many terms are the authors creation and how many are common in the genre, but the story can be hard to follow because there’s so much terminology.
And that’s a shame, because the story is oddly interesting.
I say “oddly” because there isn’t that much action. It wasn’t as if nothing happened, but it’s obvious the author will be taking their time prolonging the main story/mystery throughout the series. This book was mostly – something I very much enjoyed – and establishing the world with hints to what the big conflict will be.
Something else that felt off was that the story is told from Keiff’s POV, and yet he talks about things he can’t know (the first time this happened, the line went something like “I didn’t know it at the time, but” and then he described what he didn’t see happening).
Lastly, the book ends rather abruptly and on a cliffhanger so this isn’t one of those novels you can pick up and have a full story even if you decide not to read the rest of the series.
Who would I recommend this book to? Obviously, I’d recommend Mysteries, Secrets, and Lies to Sci-Fi lovers, who wish to dedicate themselves to a new series.
My rating: (4/5 stars; to be honest, I was hesitating between 3.5 and 4 since as I said the science can be hard to follow, but I like the different alien races, so I ended up giving it 4)
Would I re-read this book? Maybe.
Where can you buy the book?
- Amazon US (link takes you straight to the book)
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