Sunday, 1 February 2015

A Bit Of Old School Sci Fi - My review of The Flying Sorcerers

Back to my 2015 Book Challenges reads on this book, this book is the one I chose for the PopSugar topic "a book I own but have never read". The book chosen was The Flying Sorcerers by David Gerrold. Genuinely, I have no idea how I own this book or how long I have owned it, it has just been on my bookshelf for years and I have never got around to read it before.

At the start of the book, there is a snippet of information from the book and it really intrigued me and certainly got me interested in reading the rest of the book. The author does a great job on the first two pages in describing the characters and the world without sounding like they were listing off attributes. Within the first couple of paragraphs I knew we weren't on earth due to the multiple moons and suns and that the characters had fur. To me that's a great start and a great talent to have as a writer.

Throughout the book, there are lots of cheeky references and attempts at describing earthly things such as "electrissy" and at one point, what we know as a wedding ceremony is performed to symbolise a truce has been agreed. This bit made me smile and then thinking about it further, it was probably quite controversial when it was written (I believe it was published originally in 1940) as the ceremony was performed on two men.

Around the halfway point, I got bored and felt that the story wasn't really going anywhere and I put the book down for a good week or so before going back to finish it. It did pick back up around 3/4's the way through but then I felt really let down by the ending, it felt anticlimactic to me.

Overall a good book and had I not checked, I would not have known that it was written such a long time ago. I'd recommend this to people who would be interested in trying out Sci-Fi, but didn't want something too futuristic and full of robots.

I started reading this book on the 7th of January 201 and I finished it on the 26th of January 2015
I gave this book 3 stars on Goodreads

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