I recently received this book review about a book I personally recommend — Exophobe — thought it might motivate someone to read the book !!!
REVIEW STARTS HERE –>
If you like your science fiction leavened with humor, brainy wordplay and a whiff of romance, look into D. Kenton Mellott’s latest novel, Exophobe. Enoch Maarduk, the quirky narrator, engages with the reader immediately, drawing you into his semi-geeky, restless bachelorhood. It’s Friday night and he’s torn between following a Google thread on Gilgamesh and chasing babes with his pals at the local watering hole. Initially, Gilgamesh wins and the reader is treated to an overview of Sumerian trivia. But the web surfing soon turns serious—toward the electromagnetic energy spectrum—and the plot shifts into high gear. By Chapter Two, Enoch’s life is threatened by a polyester-clad heavy, saved by a requisitely gorgeous female agent named Phoebe Scarlett O’Hara and is introduced to PHANTASM, an uber CIA-like agency that both welcomes and threatens Enoch’s existence.
As an English teacher more inclined toward Dickens and Austen than Heinlein… I was wary about tackling a new science fiction novel for review. Lengthy exposition seems to be de rigueur for this genre… distancing the reader from the story, diluting its literary possibilities. In this case, however, Mellott’s highly verbal central character talks directly to the reader, drawing “you” into the meandering byways of his mind. Enoch is unable to resist a horrible pun, then apologizes; throws out a pithy Latin phrase, then suggests “you should look it up. Really.”; slyly references Dante, Shakespeare and Voltaire. By Chapter 3, you’re in his head and willing to follow him anywhere. When he confronts the Eemees (electro-magnetic entities), the alkaloid peptides, and ultimately the quantum cascade laser, a little exposition can be excused. The book is skillfully wrought, with enough geeky stuff to satisfy the sci-fi regular and more than its share of literary-historical-philosophical musings to appeal to the rest of us.
— from Suzanne Yuskiw, Maryland reviewer">Read More → ?>