I recently received a copy of “Remnant” by Roland Allnach to review. It’s a science fiction book with 3 novellas (short stories), tied together by a common theme. My review is found below but first, here’s a little bit about the author:
Roland has been writing since his early teens, first as a hobby, but as the years passed, more as a serious creative pursuit. He is an avid reader, with his main interests residing in history, mythology, and literary classics, along with some fantasy and science fiction in his earlier years. Although his college years were focused on a technical education, he always fostered his interest in literature, and has sought to fill every gap on his bookshelves.
His writing can best be described as depicting strange people involved in perhaps stranger situations. He is not devoted to any one genre of writing. Instead, he prefers to let his stories follow their own path. Classification can follow after the fact, but if one is looking for labels, one would find his stories in several categories. Sometimes speculative, other times supernatural, at times horror, with journeys into mainstream fiction, and even some humor – or perhaps the bizarre. Despite the category, he aims to depict characters as real on the page as they are in his head, with prose of literary quality. His literary inspirations are as eclectic as his written works – from Poe to Kate Chopin, from Homer to Tolkien, from Flaubert to William Gibson, from Shakespeare to Tolstoy, as long as a piece is true to itself, he is willing to go along for the ride. He hopes to bring the same to his own fiction.
You can find more on his website.
The first novella was good but was a little too long and drawn out. It was also a little too depressing for my tastes. I seriously considered not even finishing the book because it was so depressing and I wasn’t expecting that. The second one more than made up for the first one. It was my favorite by far. It was part mystery, part war, and totally sci-fi. The third novella was surprising. It was post-apocalyptic and it made me think about what life would be like if everyone else was gone.
If you’re expecting the stories to be tied together somehow, they are but you probably won’t notice it while you’re reading. They are tied together through the theme of Remnant. When you finish the entire book, it will all make sense. Just keep in mind that the stories themselves don’t have anything to do with each other. They aren’t about the same people or even the same civilization. I thoroughly enjoy Remnant, the author’s style is interesting and his viewpoint is different than what you expect. It’s not your typical sci-fi but if you like sci-fi, you’ll like this book.
Disclosure: I received this book for free for review purposes but my opinion was not changed in any way. The review is my own thoughts and opinion and was not influenced or edited by the author in any way.
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