Sf Novel Review: Post-human

I give Post-Human one thumb up. Readers will find exciting--if not always believable--action hobbled by flat characters in this self-published novel by David Simpson. Post-Human tells how James Keats, the hero, and his girlfriend Thel Cleland fight to preserve the last vestiges of humanity from a nanotechnology menace.

I confess I read Post-Human to check out the hype. Amazon customers have downloaded almost 100,000 copies of Post-Human and its prequels and sequels. Clearly, the author is managing his promotion of the books well. I read the book to see if he had a good product or if his success was entirely

based on promotion.

The writing in Post-Human reminds me of the novels of Steve Alten, who wrote a series of books about Megalodon sharks wreaking havoc in the modern world. The science reminds me of the Tom Swift, Jr novels I read in elementary school. Neither comparison is a compliment to Simpson’s book; but whether I like it or not, David Simpson's writing is professional (barely), and the quality of his technological imagination is commercial (barely). For a self-published novel, Post-Human is certainly acceptable, if not above average. Simpson has a good product. It’s just not my cup of tea.

I can make a four observations that perhaps will help prospective readers determine if Post-Human is their cup

of tea:

  1. Sexual activity is undescribed and takes place offstage. The romance between the main character and his girlfriend doesn’t go far until catastrophe kills his wife.
  2. There’s plenty of gore, but little physical cruelty or sadism. People explode from the action of nanobots inside them. There’s little left but a smear.
  3. In David Simpson’s version of the future, everyone is smart and good looking. I found this irritating; some may take offense.
  4. The book has a few typos and diverges from common standards in its use of abbreviations. The number of typos compares favorably with the expected number in a paperback original novel from a mainstream publisher.

Readers who like adventure stories and can easily suspend critical thinking skills will take pleasure reading Post-Human. Readers who demand more plausible technology and more vivid characters may be disappointed. You may want to download Post-Human for a lazy afternoon on the beach, but you won't want to assign it to your literature class.

Article Written By marqjonz

marqjonz is a blogger at Expertscolumn.com

Last updated on 27-06-2016 530 0

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