Recently, I stumbled upon Dan Harris’s blog, dan-harris.net, chronicling his journey to become an independently published sci-fi author. I enjoyed his humor and his story and was, therefore, intrigued by his recently published book, Ascension Point. I found his book on Amazon and got the sample sent to my Kindle.
After reading the first two chapters and meeting two of the four main characters, I have decided that once I finish my current book, I’ll buy Ascension Point and do a complete review. Until then, I felt the need and desire to share my thoughts of the first two chapters and explain why I decided to buy the book (even if it will be at a later date).
Harris has a great grasp on understanding how important detail is in his writing. He picks up on a lot of the beauty of his action and his world by properly focusing on details. His writing has a lot of potential that given the right guidance, I think could really soar. While he is able to focus on details, sometimes I worry if they’re the wrong details and sometimes fade into fluff. With a good content editor or critique group, I think Harris could really grow his writing to a point where someone like me won’t complain (with my background in literary writing, I am much more critical than the typical sci-fi/fantasy reader).
The development of both Luc and Neela has made me intrigued–they’re opposite ends of the spectrum in various ways: Luc is thrust into responsibility and Neela seeks it out; Luc is a ladies man and Neela can’t keep a man. The premise is that Luc and Neela will have to work with two other people to find/reach the Ascension Point so having them as part of a team will prove extremely interesting. I hope that Luc and Neela, however, don’t fall into the character trap of simply being cut-outs thrust into a story to serve the plot.
I wouldn’t have reviewed this book in my blog if I didn’t like it but that doesn’t make it perfect. I think it’s an amazing first book from Harris and it’s Shakespeare compared to a lot of the drivel I’ve read especially from traditional publishers. I think he has a lot of potential and I can’t wait to read Ascension Point and more from him.