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The Elder Effect by D. L. Given

The Elder Effect

by D. L. Given

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Overall, this can be described as a day in the life story. Unfortunately, it was not initially described as this. As the conflict does not get revealed until approximately 2/3 of the way into the book, and even then keeps getting lost in the daily routines of the 7 lead characters, this is the basis for the day in the life verdict. By the end of the tale, you will be very familiar with the shower, sleeping, eating, cooking/grilling, coffee, etc habits of the cast.

I am still not sure how the Prologue fits with the remainder of the story. What event these "superior" beings were trying to stop, aside from a death of potentially one of their own, is unclear.

The story is primarily told through Beverly's eyes who in the initial chapters is extremely whiny, vapid, weak, weepy, flippant, and annoying. She gets mildly better as the story progresses. None of the characters are particularly endearing especially since they all seem to promote a sexist view of life with the women being so vulnerable to attack and not capable or allowed to make the security or financial decisions.

There are also a few technical details which cause issue (ie. goats do not like to graze on grass even though the contrary was stated in said book).

The author does have a very crisp and easy style which is nice but unfortunately unable to pull off this particular work.

Overall, a confusing read. ( )
  catya77 | Oct 18, 2013 |
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