MagazineBook reviews

Just in | Library of book reviews 

Share

Wings Of Creation by Brenda Cooper

01/03/2010. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts

Buy Wings Of Creation in the USA - or Buy Wings Of Creation in the UK

author pic

pub: TOR/Forge. 382 page hardback. Price: $27.99 (US), $35.99 (CAN). ISBN: 978-0-7653-2095-7).

check out websites: www.tor-forge.com , www.brenda-cooper.comand www.thefiveworlds.com

I hate saying this after two decent books in this series but 'Wings Of Creation' is a definite mis-fire. The strengths of 'The Silver Ship And The Sea' and 'Reading The Wind' was helped by dividing this small group of super-humans up so they had separate adventures and threats which, as they were in the centre of, could work well in first person. Here, on a planet where its inhabitants have adjusted their weight ratio so they can fly under their own power, they are all together and switching from character to character, the first person narrative has suddenly become interchangeable where you can't tell them apart. If you didn't pay attention to the chapter headers you would think you were the same character throughout. The same descriptive detail and worse, lack of emotional content so that when something disastrous happens, the impact is lost. If they are unaffected then so are you. Things aren't helped that the characters themselves aren't in the centre of the action. Call me old-fashioned, but I used to think that was a requisite for any story.


Looking for somewhere to avoid persecution, Chloe, Joseph and their group arrive on the apparently peaceful planet of Lopali where people fly but has a tyranny brewing underneath. The latter point doesn't really come out in the story because as it's in first person, they don't come in contact with it. Much of the time, the story resorts to dialogue and them mastering an artificial equivalent of flying with artificial wings. It's only towards the end of the story that they are forced to flee.

When you don't really see the opposition, let alone their views on the subject so the menace is laid out, any author is asking for trouble. I'm afraid with this one, Brenda Cooper should have upped her game and didn't. I hope she can pick up the game with the next book.

GF Willmetts


Magazine > Book reviews

Just in | Library of book reviews

Add SFcrowsnest.com daily news updates to your own web site or blog - just cut and paste the code below...

Share

This book has 109 votes in the SFcrowsnest.com sci-fi charts

The all-new SFcrowsnest is now running at www.SFcrowsnest.org.uk. This is now the archive for pre-2012 content. Nothing new is being posted here.

Magazine Articles

- Features

- Movie/TV Reviews

- Book Reviews

- News

- E-mail magazine

- Encyclopedia

- Other formats: Kindle, Nook, Sony Ebook, iPhone & iPod

Charts

- Top books

- Top movies/tv series

Offworld

- SciFi @ FaceBook

- Steampunk @ FaceBook

- Us @ Google+

Search

- Search site

Reader Tools

- RSS news feed

- Facebook page for SFcrowsnest

- Twitter page for SFcrowsnest

- Google toolbar for SFcrowsnest

Webmaster Tools

- Add our content feeds to your site