Item description for The Kindred and Other Tales by Elle Pepper...
The twenty-fifth century finds once-green Earth, reduced to snowy "Terra," but still the seat of all galactic power. Here the power is not found in the mindless government, but rather, in the calm, fierce protective people of the snows, it is the myth of the Kindred. For these men and women, have no memory of 'Old Terra' as they call the world before the Great War. They have made their own history and myth, and in doing so; made a unique culture they call their own. From there we travel to other worlds, times and places. From Earth that was, and a little town known as Seaview, where all the things men fear walk the earth including werewolves, to an execution for the sake of honor, to an intergalactic, interdimensional military team. Finally out to the outer rim where Justice takes on a new name, The Wanderer. These are the tales of the mysterious Kindred, their histories, their mythology.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5" Height: 0.68" Weight: 0.73 lbs.
Release Date Oct 2, 2007
Publisher starving writers publishing
ISBN 1932996176 ISBN13 9781932996173
Availability 0 units.
More About Elle Pepper
Elle Pepper is a California author, 'The Deeps' is the second in the 'Flag of Bones' series.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Kindred and Other Tales?
Interesting storytelling, poor editing May 9, 2008
I bought this book after meeting the author in an online forum. I was intrigued with her story idea and so I added this book to my wish list and picked it up the next time I placed an order. While the stories in this work are interesting and thought-provoking, the overall package suffers from poor editing.
The majority of this book deals with the Kindred, a mysterious group of 6 revered and feared entities that serve to protect and watch over the Kin, the people of Terra. The telling of their story is broken into bite-sized chunks, making it an easier read. There are a couple of other stories contained within as well, and a large appendix filled with extras that explain some of the traits and characteristics involved.
When I started reading this book, I was initially disappointed. The main story "felt" strange, awkward and alien to me, and I was unsure if I would actually finish. I stuck with it, though, and things started to come together and make sense to the point that I looked forward to my time with my nose in the pages. The portions of this book that involve the Kindred are all tied together and do make sense, even though it does not "click" right away. This book is not for the casual reader looking for a quick read where everything is straightforward and presented on a platter - the reader has to think.
The other stories contained within are interesting though they seem a little out of place with the Kindred tales. Though I personally would have placed the other parts into a separate volume or would have made a stronger division, these other stories make for interesting reading regardless.
The overall mood of the book is dark - the author does not shy away from the subject of death and the afterlife, nor does she treat these topics lightly.
My biggest complaint about this book is that it is very poorly edited. Though I did not encounter spelling errors, there are numerous capitalization errors and punctuation problems that are very distracting at times. There are a few occasions when a name is the same as a common word and because of capitalization inconsistencies the reader has to figure out what the author really means.
Overall, this is an interesting work and is rewarding reading for those seeking something different. Although it's a little confusing at times due to editing problems, this book provides a thought-provoking read.