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Skater in a
The Borschland Hockey Chronicles
Written by D.W. FrauenfelderGenre: Fantasy, Sports
Mark Lee's Review
It's easy to slap a 4 or a 5 on a book. It's even easy to spot a 2 or a 1...at least for some people. This book, though, falls squarely in the middle. There's some great parts to it, easily earning 4 or 5 stars, but other passages are only worth 2 or 3 stars. Overall, a 3.2 on the Masq Scale seems fair. I enjoyed it, but I wish I could have enjoyed it more.
What was good: it's unique. I'm not super well read in the fantasy genre, but I'd venture a guess that there are few books like it, if for no other reason than the unique mix of elements, even if individually the pieces aren't all that unique.
Take a normal college hockey player and place him in a hidden part of our world, one that the public doesn't know about generally, but not so hidden that it's a complete secret. After all, people travel back and forth all the time. Think of the island from the TV show Lost.
What was head-scratching: not necessarily a bad thing, but the main character doesn't react like I would expect him to when he first encounters some of the fantasy elements of the hidden world. There's talking bears, for example. A little more reaction would have helped me accept the reality. But it was a minor thing.
What could have been better: some passages were written very well, but others could have used some fine tuning. Awkwardly worded sentences, for example. I got the impression that the author tried to do this on purpose since the hidden world is quite different from ours, but I felt it was overdone or at least a little too sloppy for my taste. Though the grammar/punctuation wasn't horrible, it too could have used some sprucing up.
There is a nice story underneath the rough exterior. And some aspects of the book were interesting enough to keep me reading. For example, the people of the hidden world speak a different language. We get a good glimpse of it. Reminds me of German but a variant that's somehow a little closer to English. Occasionally I could tell what a word meant before it was defined.
Review Disclaimer: Book provided in exchange for an honest review.