Title: The Journals of Incabad Reyl
Author: Gregory Tasoulas
Release Date: 31 March 2019
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
The short review:
The author has kindly sent me a copy of his book, and with it told me that this was a science fiction/fantasy and was centered in a fictional teslapunk universe. Upon reading this, I was a bit nervous that I wouldn’t be able to understand anything. Despite not knowing anything about science, I was able to follow!
I have to admit, there were bits I had to skim because I couldn’t understand what the narrator was trying to say.
I was able to follow the general storyline, though.
This book isn’t that long but it’s story is complicated and there’s constantly something happening – which means that this book is nowhere near boring, but it definitely isn’t a light read.
The narrator is quirky and eccentric, never having a dull moment, and the supporting characters are just as interesting.
I find it slightly depressing, that we never care to name things or places unless we expect to be gaining something important from them, may it be fame or power.Incabad Reyl
There is constantly something happening and there are always explainations to follow, so this is not a book you could read in one sitting. This book needs your attention at all times. The beginning might be a bit slow and you might be confused but the pay-off is worth it at the end!
The Long Review:
Good Underlying Messages/Themes:
- Never follow authority blindly.
- Never charge into situation blindly.
- Some things are more important than profit.
- A passion for knowledge is valuable!
These themes are repeated throughout the book so a whole star for this category!’
It think a lot of effort has gone into the worldbuilding of this book; there’s even a website for the universe! There are a lot of different races and the connections between them are explained. Their histories and political views are explained, but I can’t really remember anything about their religions. I know that the narrator frequently uses the term ‘by the ancestors’ but that’s all I can remember.
The events of the Horizon are explained, the story has its own measurement units, and there’s even a part where linguistics is involved! I loved it all!
I just want to share with you the full covers illustrated for this book since I didn’t see them in the book but I think you should:
What do you think?
A whole star for this category!
Realistic Characters and Growth:
As I mentioned before, the narrator, Incabad Reyl, is strange and eccentric. He’s got his quirks, his brilliant mind, and his ego. His characters is realistic, he’s got his good moments and he’s got his bad moments.
Overall, I liked him. He was probably one of my favorites in this book, which is strange because the main character is never my favorite.
All things are created free.Incabad Reyl
Auburn was a blessing in this book. He was quietly funny when I least expected it and this book would have ended 200 pages earlier without him. He’s saved everyone in the story at least twice, except the narrator, who he must have saved like 11 times.
At one point, I just wondered where all the women were, though. There was Veiglia, who had appeared in the beginning of the book and suddenly showed up near the end. Then we’ve got Opula, a linguist who randomly showed up in the last 50 pages. That’s it.
That’s the only problem I had with the characters. The rest were all charming, especially Duke Prospero and Sedulous with his amazing organisation skills.
Half a star for this category.
Writing Is Beautiful/Easy To Read:
Once again, the narrator is so strange that it’s entertaining and fun to read his views on things. That makes the book easy to read.
I did have a problem with the descriptions of some things where I became very confused. I think that the descriptions are the parts which gives the book its length. The constant stream of information could also have made me tired, to the point where I couldn’t understand some things that were happening.
But that was my only problem, so half a star for this category!
I have to be honest: the only reason I got through the first part of the book was because I wanted to know what would happen to the characters and where the story would would go. The story was interesting and I couldn’t predict anything no matter how hard I tried.
He says the horror of the future wars will not stem from the weapons. It will stem from the mindless hatred.Incabad Reyl (about Duke Prospero)
I wanted to know what would happen next and I wanted to know what Incabad would find. That feeling of curiosity is always welcome in a book!
So, a whole star for this category!
What did you think? Do you want to read this book?
*I received this arc from the author and all opinions and views are my own.