Published: 2011 by Lulu
Genres: Science Fiction
Source: the author
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I received a review copy of this book from Paul Baxter, the author of the book. Generally I shy away from self-published books, but the sample quotes for this one intrigued me, and I decided to give it a shot. This is my first review copy, which is an exciting milestone!
The book is about, as the title suggests, a reversal of Earth’s gravity, driving what is left of mankind to live underground. The characters are all the humorous oddball types, and I particularly liked Grace, who talks to the ghost of her dead sister Grace. This has nothing to do with the fact that I am also named Grace. I also thought that the idea of the Gherkin, a building-turned-ship, was pretty neat, and the D&D-style cultists were fun to read about.
However, the book did have a lot of flaws. I think that it has potential, but could have used a couple more drafts before publication to work out some plot holes (such as why the atmosphere remained and wasn’t sucked out into space along with everything else that wasn’t secured). I thought that the footnotes were unnecessary and a bit distracting. There was also some cleanup needed on punctuation, grammar, and syntax, particularly with the placement of commas and quotation marks.
This isn’t to say that there weren’t parts that made me laugh–there were. It just didn’t feel like a finished product, which is something that the author should work on in future publications.