I was truly psyched to win a giveaway on Goodreads a little over a month ago, and this was one of them! You can see my review below along with some author information.
The Farthest City by Daniel P. Swenson is a sci-fi story that takes place in the far future of Earth. There’s a battle forming for Earth between humans and aliens, but the humans need to find the machines (chines) that have since disappeared in order to save themselves from the aliens (Hexi).
I haven’t read much Sci-fi and this isn’t my kind of story, but I was fairly pleased with it. I liked that there were two different plots going on with different characters throughout the book. The characters were very well developed and I was pleased with the story’s end. The author writes well and is very creative to have come up with this unique story.
I did find my mind wondering a few times as the story had a few dull moments. It felt as though there were some pieces missing from the story as some things were not explained. Being that I don’t read much sci-fi, it’s possible that this is a normal aspect I’m just not used to, maybe? I believe true sci-fi fans will really like this book.
I am interested in reading more from this author and wonder if there will be another book after this! I would definitely like to read more about Kellen, Sheemi, Abby and the other characters.
I won this in a giveaway here on Goodreads. I’d like to thank Goodreads and the author.
3.5 stars rounded up to 4****
Back of Book with Blurb:
From Goodreads: Q&A with Daniel P. Swenson
Q: What’s your advice for aspiring writers?
A: Write daily. Don’t filter anything. Don’t worry about punctuation, whether something sounds stupid, whether it makes sense. Just write. Whatever ends up on the page usually has something (the germ of an idea, a striking visualization, a piece of conversation) that can be refined, developed and/or polished into something much better.
Q: How do you deal with writer’s block?
A: Forcing myself to put something down on the page usually leads to something worthwhile, even if it’s just a page. Often I get into the groove, despite how bad I thought I felt before starting. It also helps me to read the last page or two from the day before.
Q: What are you currently working on?
A: I’m developing ideas for a set of novels. Lot’s of “what-if’ing”, brainstorming ideas, pursuing concepts.
About the Author:
Daniel P. Swenson
I live in Southern California with my wife and two kids. At some point, after finishing graduate school, not having any more productive way to use my time, and after reading one too many less-than-stellar science fiction novels, I decided I, too, could write one. After all, it couldn’t be that hard, could it? After writing 13 short stories (two published), two unfinished novels, and one completed novel (The Farthest City), I can attest writing of any kind, but writing well, IS hard (at least for mere mortals such as myself).
That being said, I can’t seem to stop at this point. I get to go on all kinds of adventures, visit places no one has yet explored, and meet the most interesting people. And the fact that it’s all happening in my own head makes it rather affordable, as far as adventures and vacations go.
I do most of my writing on the train to and from work, during lunch when I can step away from work, and at the library when I can escape there.
Other activities I enjoy: running, cooking, hiking, poking around in tide pools, the very occasional backpacking trip, and lately just going for a walk.
John Steinbeck, Haruki Murakami, William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, Tim O’Brien, J.R.R. Tolkien, Joe Haldeman, Ursula K. Le Guin, Cormac McCarthy, James Patrick Kelly, George R.R. Martin, James Harriot (James Alfred Wight).
Favorite movies & shows:
The Storm Riders, Conan the Barbarian, Terminator (I & II), Bladerunner, The Highlander (I), Enemy Mine, Aliens (II), Game of Thrones, True Detective (Season 1), The Wire, Sideways, Birdy, The Fabulous Baker Brothers, My Life as a Dog, Fandango, Shawshank Redemption, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Eat, Drink, Man, Woman, Dune.
Favorite Anime and Manga:
Everything by Hayao Miyazaki, Ghost in the Shell (I), Ninja Scroll, Blue Sub 6, Neon Genesis: Evangelion, Kite, The Vision of Escaflowne, Berserk (anime and manga), Death Note, Tekkon Kinkreet, Attack on Titan, Aijin, Blade of the Immortal (manga). —From Amazon.
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