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  • It's a set up! Not a prequel, a few first chapters

    The bad: There's a lot of exposition, the author go as far as to include paragraphs of just explaining how things are for the sake of worldbuilding, without letting it flow naturally. There is a weird use of the word "female," to an extent that it seemed a little weird. No ma is ever referred as male, so, using female so much gives the wrong idea. He calls the policemen "officers," but the policewoman is a "female officer," which becomes mare worryingly in a scene in which the only officer is the female one, and her gender is mentioned again and again, for no good reason, giving the wrong impression. The thing is, you wont call a woman a policemen, because she is not a man, you'll call her a policewoman, but the word "officer" has no gender, so, the use of "female" makes it very uncomfortable to read. The word count increased by the use of more words for the sake of using more words. The narrator isn't a character, yet, it just come with weird colloquial vibes that really makes you wonder, "why not making him an actual character?" Also, the author repeatedly uses long descriptions in scenes that don't ask them, and words like "but" and "and" that make phrases too long, damaging the pace as well. Long descriptions, for example, of a mother entering her car, we knowing there is a shadowy figure nearby watching it, in which a long and detailed descriptions stretches the scene not to a bothersome long useless description, but to a tense and suspenseful sequence that makes you wonder what is about to happen, that builds anticipation. This book just does that and it is just a long description of something that is not anticipated and has the stretch doing nothing to change that. A very silly naming convention that is connected to the next topic. All the characters are named after inanimate objects , colours, concepts and actions. I read the titles of the books from this series and I know that you naming something Blade gunner yells "don't take everything too serious", but this books cover and set up screams "take me serious, and then it doesn't anymore." I'd say there is needed a dynamic connection between Serious and Silly, Fallout does it in the best way. You have a serious scenario full of silly stuff all over the shop and the dark humour that is, sometimes, originated from the silly stuff. Their dissonance is intended. In here, it doesn't scream "you see? It is funny because the cat killed the fish." The author tries to poke fun at the naming convention, but, there are many characters that are simply unrelated to that scene and cannot be counted and are named Bus, Break, Boot and Cap. Inconsistency. It is said that "Metropolis wasn't a bad place, but it wasn't a good one either" -- the police is counting kills for fun, there are kidnappers, there is a region called, roll the credits, mean streets, there is corruption, there is crime, there is indifference. One phrase sums it up "we are the city, brother," which says "people are the city," which means, the city is bad. There is a moment in which the city is described as ten times bigger then Seattle, and there are people who apparently know the story of each street, not only the streets, their story too. People react in weird ways, ways that make no sense, and then act accordingly to the situation, but in complete opposition to their previously presented character. Also, he doesn't stick with one type of book division. A chapter may be a scene, but, sometimes, the chapter has multiple scenes, which has it's own problems. Lack of motif. Why certain things happen is completely glossed over. They have o reason to do certain things, yet, by plot demand, they do. Lack of a story. Set up, development, denouement -- these are the stages of a story. This said prequel, is the set up for Liquid Cool. There are many characters that are introduced and never seen again. This book is only the introduction to the one that follows it, so, do not expect a story. All the set up, little development, no pay off. Everything seems filler. NO SCENE DIVISION. The author jumps from scene to scene with no concern to the confusion it creates. I stopped and reread paragraphs to try and understand what just happened. THERE IS NO SUCH THIG AS A SYNONYM. He repeatedly uses "officer [insert character's name here]" instead of just the character's name when there are only officers in the scene, he repeats terms all the time, "mom," "brother," "officer," "female officer." The good: The premise is interesting. The Author: The narrator is not in first person. "Line or lines" said someone -- every time, for every character, and, even when he does that, I still lost track of who was speaking sometimes.

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  • THESE MEAN STREETS.....DARKLY

    A good beginning to a new series Enough of a story to peak your interest and make you want to read more Characters and situations you want to learn more about. Great story;

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  • A Great Story

    A great short story. It made me want to read more. This is my first of Austin Dragon's books.

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  • Most enjoyable, easy read

    I enjoyed Austiñ Dragon's short story very much. It was an easy read, very intefesting and definitely left me wanting more! Straight onto book 1 of Liquid Cool for me 😃

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  • The title says it all.

    I was immersed in this dark, wet, scary world from the beginning. The characters were well fleshed out. I can almost visualize the city. I say "almost" because it feels immense- just as it is described- and the idea of such a place both intrigues and baffles me. What a terrific book! On to the next in the series. I'm hooked!

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