[EPUB] (Balcony of Fog)
Rich Shapero Ü 8 CharactersLy Pouring milk products into lowers is supposed to be an appealing mental image Long pink clouds lay side by side like I Can Be a Teacher (Barbie) fish steaks on a blue platterHe curled there muttering to himselfull sentences at Eggs Benedict Arnold first then phrases andragments losing connectives to the cold People and objects went next along with any hint of uture or past until his rambling was nothing but a stream of rhymes ending in I N G He crossed the borderline of dream and continued reeling off gerunds in his sleepEven when it s not ludicrous the prose is seriously overwritten A grooved arcus roiled at the base of Ingishead s neck pale scuds churning on either side The corded neck buckled and the storm s ace descended its chrome beak gleaming brow trenched with a murderous rage I was astonished to ind multiple books by the same author listed in the credits because this reads like an amateur s unedited irst draft there are gleams of potential in there but I ind it hard to imagine any publisher s reader getting beyond the irst scene To be honest if I d picked it off the shelves of a library looking One Good Life: My Tips, My Wisdom, My Story for reading material at random I d have put it back if I dound it published as anfiction on the Internet I d have bailed out before the end of the opening chapter The only reason I read grimly through to the end was because it was given to me by a riend as a book estival reebie and looking at other comments on Goodreads I m wondering if anyone has ever purchased a copy at all or if all the books out there are unsolicited promotional materialBecause of the nonstandard ormat I can t even give this away no charity shop would take a lip book the size of a pocket diary So it will have to go into the bin the only book I think I ve ever done that to Maybe it works better as an immersive story experience on tablets and phones but here it just reads like self published self indulgent dreck how many stories like theirs Arden thoughtPeople who escaped to the sky with high hopes lived a short life there and disappeared I am no angel I can be bought I guess that is how this review came to be I spotted an ad in my daily eed of Literary Hub The come on was a chance to win an iPad In return or illing out a orm to enter the sponsor would send a copy of a book that sounded at least readable Sometime later the book arrived at my doorstep Sadly it was not accompanied by any digital devices As most newly arriving books do this one sat in a TBR piles awaiting its turn I did not get to it until December I confess that I Natural Blonde felt an obligation to read it after having entered the mini lottery I was also confronted with a bit of a logistical bind The weeks leading up to Christmas have beenilled with much activity than normal The cost of this was my during the day reading A book that I should have inished reading within two weeks has extended to six and is not yet ully read Most weeks I have a ew read books sitting about awaiting their turn in the review ueue Not with the loss of my daytime reading I needed a uick read in order to keep alive my string of weeks posting a new review I hate really really hate missing a week and was willing to read and review this outlier just to be able to check that box It does not make me a bad person just a weak and maybe borderline corrupt one Thus an actual review of a book I WOULD NORMALLY HAVE MERELY MARKED would normally have merely marked readIn a post apocalyptic world Arden had the misfortune to be born to the toiler class He has the double misfortune of working or a sadistic creep straight out of central casting On coming to after a prolonged bout of beating and Land of a Thousand Hills: My Life in Rwanda further suffering Arden wakes covered by a tarp bloody Ok who put the tarp over him or took him downrom the place where he had been dangling and taking shots rom the creep While we may presume it to be workmates it is never specified He
S Been Secretly Building A Boat Tobeen secretly building a boat to this awful place which makes one wonder how he has been able to get away with such a project undetected We do learn how he makes his way rom his abode his cell to his boat building place but how is the place kept under wraps It is while he is en route to his boat on waking up after his beating that he encounters EstraViolent storms are all about He sneaks Estra a stranger to these parts back to his cell or protection really They are instantly smitten with each other of course they are she having recently led a cloud god named Ingis who is the source of the local extreme inclemency Seems he wants his companion back They talk of a desire If My Love Were a Fire Truck: A Daddy's Love Song forreedom and love anyone add justice Write It When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-The-Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford for the triecta Estra talks Arden into heading up into the clouds to get away Ready for Summer from his toil heavy existence on solid landThere is a bit on the idiocy of religion as the ground dwellers seek to appease the gods of bad weather with the sacrifice of people The way out is up through straw like tubes that descendrom on high what causes these things to descend Why do they descend here Do they appear everywhere or just in some places and which are Cyberselfish A Critical Romp Through The Terribly Libertarian Culture Of High Tech filled with liuid Aleeting version of a space tether A riff on a tornadic cone Or beanstalks with a giant at the top Arden and Estra will be drawn up if they can get into one of these but they have to imagine themselves lighter which she does well and Easily But Not So Much but not so much who can now see through her skin What s happening You re graduating she said A coerência textual from solid to vapor So just imagine yourself lighter that s all As only a gazillion diet programs down here on solid land can tell you it ain t that easy I was reminded of the teaching methodology of the esteemed Professor Harold Hill and the experience of one John Carter when he wished himselfrom an earthly cave to the plains of BarsoomThere is clearly a problem with the nature of the lofty existence portrayed here When Estra tells Arden that he is graduating Write Your Novel!: Tips from a Bestseller from solid to vapor she is telling him that he has also changedrom living person to a spirit in a way But if one can then return to that earthly existence it makes of spirituality a temporary and thus much less meaningful level of existence Even as a major transformation of the self it becomes of a vacation than a true metamorphosisSo these two become vaporous literally which I thought was Dogs Behaving Badly fun Try to imagine what life might be like if you could pass through things or have them pass through you Might come in handy if say high speed objects were hurtling your way It did seem odd that Arden and Estra sharingirst syllab. 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First of all I received TWO copies of this book at my home address around July 16th rom the publisher I DIDN T ask or them I asked on my Instagram story to NOT be sent and today I received THREE copies I contacted the publisher via Instagram and complained Basically they accused me of lying and insisted the copies were prizes April 16th: Virginia Tech Remembers for some giveaway that I ve entered I knowor a act that this a lie because there is no way anyone in my household entered the giveaway The irst time we heard of the book the author or the publisher was when the Mindful Living with Aspergers Syndrome first two copies arrived The company has also blocked me on Instagramor complaining After doing some research I have discovered another Goodsread review complaining about a similar incident Despite all of this I still gave the book a chance and tried to read it However I couldn t make it past the irst ew pages I couldn t get into the book because it bores me to death and it doesn t make any sense It s completely unusual that I wasn t able to read the whole book because I am an avid reader and I enjoy reading pretty much anything There s very little I won t read Normally I would chalk it up to a one time thing and try other books by the author but I do not appreciate being sent so many unsolicited copies To Too Far Media STOP sending me copies please I ve already asked you twice Please remove me rom whatever mailing list you ve placed me on I never won this book rom Goodreads the author sent me this book and said I had won it I did try to read it the Space Kid first couple of chapters I was pulled in by the characters and the story But after that I was totally confused about what was going on I gave this book two starsor trying The author needs to be honest especially who he sends his books too Don t tell me I won when I didn t that lie will not get you a honest review Weird just weird I didn t actually Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town finish the book because I wasn t all that interested and honestly just confused half the time because of all the wordiness I think this had some deep meaning to it but it got lost in the lack of character development world building and overall explanations in everythingOn page three heaces some kind of confrontation with a man I do not understand their relationship or what really happened there It was unclear and lacked a couple of sentences to make it easier to connect certain actions On page 10 he meets a woman who as a male writer is of course naked and beautiful even though there is a lack of why she is beautiful How does she even look like How does Arden the main character even look like WTF is happening By page 23 they bone Not just once they bone twice And then he describes her breasts to be like driftwood Afterwards they plan to escape together rom this random area Arden lives at because they LUVV each other And this is all happened in chapter one I am not sure if Rich Shapero intended to be humorous but I ound how bad it was to be comedic Like wow clouds eating other clouds and we are cloud people now by swimming upwards to the sky Instead of going after the villain who is Estra s ex we are just going to write poems with our Every Drop for Sale: Our Desperate Battle Over Water fingers and they ll turn into cranes and when we have sex our bodies LITERALLY become one because yeah boning And now we are going to eat each other and then throw it uprom our bodies and call it this Cannibal game This game is actually non sexual but also WTF It was a trip on acid through this entire novel There are random words that are capitalized and I am not sure why they are And just the overall lack of explanations Where am I How do the characters look like Everything was so surface level I elt like I was just reading words instead of delving into a story the entire time Also the main villain is this story the entire time Also the main villain is this guy who is a cloud god Sky god Not sure But Shapero creates this weird and toxic love triangle between Ingis Estra and Arden And it s to illustrate how love of power is dangerous and power of love too But it s poorly explained and executed so it didn t have the impact it was supposed to have with me Welp it gave me a good laugh but I think I need to go ind a good read now UPDATE Book Riot mentioned the giveaway and it was sign up to win an iPad and receive a Reach for the Rainbow: Advanced Healing for Survivors of Sexual Abuse free copy I just wanted to write this real uick to maybe clear the air Obviously I can t speakor everyone but maybe some of these people who are uestioning where it came Troubled Waters from might have an oh yeah moment I was pretty surprised when I saw the reviews on this book that I had just received in the mail and obviously disappointed in Now I personally am NOT confused as to where the book camerom But it was definitely an email that said if you sign up or this giveaway don t remember what that actual giveaway was or it was a book bundle or an iPad or something And it "was hosted by a book site again don t uote me but I want to " hosted by a book site again don t uote me but I want to Book Ri This book wasn t uite as bad as initially I thought it was going to be in that it did eventually pick up some kind of interesting plot theme the risks of seeking to become ruthless in order to defeat ruthlessness The actual ending was unexpected and I didn t ind it particularly dramatically satisfactory but it is at least less of a clich than one might have predictedUnfortunately the central love affair is arbitrary
and deeply unconvincing the science iction setting at the start is poorly established the violence is contrived justdeeply unconvincing the science iction setting at the start is poorly established the violence is contrived just make the protagonist look good if they can winch in Arden by his safety harness why don t they simply winch in Neely and the whole thing is clumsily and inexpertly written and ull of purple prose It really doesn t help that the author is using all these nautical metaphors but appears to have no practical knowledge of boats hint sheets are ropes not sails a sailing ship doesn t have a raised bridge in the centre and the idea of attempting to caulk the seams of a newly built boat even above the waterline while it s afloat is not going to workYou really don t want to describe your hero as inning his legs and Owls: Birds of the Night flexing his trunk unless he actually is an elephant andor a mermaid Wind rusked the billows it chewed on them toothlessly He put his arms around her and as they pressed together herace lost its border The rays of her iris were sage coloured spokes and the hub was a Bon Bon Voyage (A Carolyn Blue Culinary Mystery, fathomless pupil As the contact was made aresh hurl of rain rapped against the window The love she poured into you like cream down the throat of a white orchid serious. 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Les with the irst couple is surely a coincidence right are able to sit on vaporous seats and lie in vaporous beds without passing through Shapero offers us a look at what sex might be like in such a state Once aloft an unoccupied cloud ship just happens by that they can control which is stunningly convenient And it turns out that clouds can eat smaller clouds very much in a big ish eat smaller ish way Every cloud has a primitive gut Estra said or most it remains dormant until they die Are all clouds loating ships With munchies If not what is it that makes one a potential mode of transportation and others lunchThe romantic couple carry on and on and on about their love or each other but there is a problem Her old bf who is in charge of a gigantic cloud ship with a massive ace on the A Look Over My Shoulder: A Life in the Central Intelligence Agency front Ingishead As this is a particularly electrical large and dark vehicle we presume Ingis head to be linguistically akin to thunder head Of course it could be simply evidence of an over inflated ego keeps getting bigger and pissed in his relentless pursuit of Estra Is their love as real as it was uick to spark Is it rock solid or as ephemeral as vapor Are her motives pure Are hisThe story is billed as the power of love vs the love of power Fair enough there is very much a conflict between those two There is a somewhat interesting turn as the desireor safety orces one to battle but engaging in battle and the preliminary reuirement of bulking up to prepare or battle changes the combatant Does need Ravishing Ruby for power necessarily become a love of powerAs in order to be rid of the still growing Ingrishead Arden and Estra need to make their ship large enough to engage in battle with him In an interview on his site Shapero offers some his takes on the world including this gem on the organization of human societies Purposeful planning only happens smoothly when we shrink our numbers back to tribal size A tribe with elders and a chief and a visionary or two can agree on change and affect a tribe sate The leaders of most modern nations cannot And the best corporations are run as dictatorships where one person can overrule everyone else Large numbers of people each with a bit of power can t agree on anything So efficiency uber alles I guess In the same interview he seems to take an opposite view Most of the good things in life come rom small And most of the bad things come rom big Humans like growth but we often lose sight of the act that big means powermost of our atrocities come rom the abuse of power and Old Yeller from the big and powerful we have gotten our worst atrocities So the battle between centralized and large versus the good things and small seems to be part of Shapero s own personal world view contradiction and a central source of the primary conflict in the novel Iound that overall this was not one of the better books I have ever read The characterization was thin the leaps of Flying by the Seat of My Pants: Flight Attendant Adventures on a Wing and a Prayer faith reuired to accept the things posited here might reuire that one have been born on Krpyton The plot stuttered interrupted withar too many instances of Arden andor Estra waking up One must be engaged with the characters to sustain interest and I ound I was not engaged with either of the two primariesOn the other side of things I expect we have all looked up "AT THE SKY AND TRIED TO " the sky and tried to sense of the things we have seen up there clouds in the shape of On Being Human: Reflections on Life and Living faces oramiliar objects This was used to great effect in the 2005 This book was sent to my home address rom
the publisher with out my consent to getpublisher with out my consent to get address I previously read and reviewed a book of this guy who is disgusting and now he has ound my address and sent crap My address is PRIVATE information and this not appreciated I will never read this author again Arden s world is a post nuclear dystopia where he s always been a slave When a mysterious woman appears rom the sky he s determined to help her In return she helps him and they both escape to a cloud world where they re ree to all in love However the cloud world is ruled over by Ingis a god like man and Estra s ormer lover To ensure their Who's There on Halloween? freedom Arden may have to become the thing he hates the most I recieved aree copy Jurisdiction from Book Riot Trigger warnings character death slavery torture violence violence against women explosionsI usually reserve my one star ratingsor books that are actively offensive as well as bad but I m not sure I cared about what happened in this book enough to be offended by it It is very male centric though and its lone Hip Pocket Sleaze: The Lurid World of Vintage Adult Paperbacks female character reads like Shapero has never met a human woman in his life Its misogyny is kind of deceptive since atirst I thought I was reading some insta lovey romance seriously you met your True Love Mookie: Life, Baseball, and the '86 Mets five minutes ago disguised as a weirdantasy novel but nope The true purpose of this story is testosterone ueled male dominance and emale helplessness with a grand Clawback finale of men beating their chests and wailing over their lost loves and innocence and whatnot I m dramatizingor effect but you get the ideaThe world building is strange so strange that I ve never encountered anything like it and ervently hope to never again but that s another issue The earthly dystopian premise turns out to be totally irrelevant since all of the novel s action takes place in the cloud world where humans are immaterial and can captain ships and create storms with their emotions and willpower apparently I wasn t very interested in it and most of its absurd uirks are never explained to any satisfaction Why is there a memory wiping vat in the sky We never ind out The characters are Sugar in the Raw: Voices of Young Black Girls in America flat caricatures of human angst and while Arden does have a discernible character arc it s way uestionable in its message Still mad this was a review book that Ielt compelled to Cooking for Company finishI review regularly at brightbeautifulthingstumblrcom People need to read theine printI m just laughing at all of the 1 star reviews Empire of Sin from idiots who don t read the giveaway that they are entering They see WIN AN iPAD and then enter their address and email address Book Riot has been putting on an iPad giveawayor a Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China few months now and EVERY entry wins you aree book EVERY ENTRY I just entered a 4th time I have not won an iPad yet but I want to so I will keep entering the giveaway ends and they put on another one it s not multiple entries My Wife's Affair for the same one you cannot enter multiple times with the same email addressIf you would like to enter the current giveaway and get theree book. R and others 232 pages and has a text language like Engli.