What we have here is a teaser of sorts about an over-populated, environmentally doomed planet and the method chosen to alleviate those problems. Paradise is a planet which is reached and colonized through a portal in space and is offered to the populous via a lottery. This Ray Bradbury like tale takes the reader on the journey of John, his wife Sarah and daughter Jemima as they make their way through the queue and into the entrance to the portal and their thoughts and concerns about the new life awaiting them on Paradise. However, things aren’t all they seem as we meet a corporation official who has had enough of the deception. Just exactly what the nature of that deception is is not revealed…this is the teaser part…as the author is planning the sequel, Bird of Paradise to, in his words, ‘Well it would appear that I have to know what happens next.’ I for one want to know as well. 4 stars to this gripping teaser of a tale.
Fine words from a fine gent.
Ok. I know it’s late at night, but in all fairness, I do some of my best thinking late at night, and most of my best scenes are written in the wee hours. But tonight I felt, given an email I just read, that I needed to say certain things (no, not a rant at all, but an acknowledgement, at the least).
I am – and some of you will snort or laugh at this – a remarkably shy person in reality. I am the sort who clams up and gets all coy when someone says something nice. When introduced to people I will invariably make a horribly inappropriate seafood joke or badger scrotum related comment that seems funny in the very instant that I panic about being told I am standing next to ‘hero x’ but later seems the height of buffoonery.
So in some way, I would say…
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