Review: “Resonance” by Chris Dolley

I read Resonance by Chris Dolley a few months ago. I didn't specifically buy this ebook, but it was included in the June 2007Webscription I bought a while ago (probably because that edition included Kildar by John Ringo). It's actually also available from the Baen Free Library, so there's no reason not to check it out!

I don't know why I started reading Resonance (I have quite a lot of unread ebooks on my iLiad), but somehow the title just resonated with me I guess… Haha. Funny, me.

I'm glad I did though. Resonance is one of those books that I was unable to put away. There are books that I enjoy reading at a leisurely pace. I read a bit when I get home from work, I read a bit before going to sleep, I read a bit here and there, and after a few days or even weeks, I reach the end. Good book (otherwise I wouldn't have finished it at all, obviously).

Other books, I read more in a kind of reading frenzy. I cannot stop reading every spare moment I have. I'll even go to bed earlier so I can read longer. And then wonder how it got to be 3 a.m. in the morning already. Resonance was one of those books. I've had it worse, but I was pretty hooked on it. So instead of finally putting out the light at 3, it was more often around 1 or 2 a.m. Very good book.

What's to like

A quirky and somewhat reluctant lead character, nice character development, an elusive solution to a science fiction problem (which was not obvious to me directly, bonus points), multiple universes, even some romantic interest. What's not to like?

A lack of annoyances and minor quibbles is also what's to like. Sometimes while reading a book I hit a passage that just feels off, or annoys me, or something (one example is the 'overused word' syndrome). Sometimes this happens more than once. It brings down the total score for that book, as these annoyances and quibbles pull me, as a reader, out of the suspension of disbelief the book has created. This breaks the flow of reading the story. In extreme cases, I'll just stop reading the book.

No such problems for Resonance.

What's not to like

Not much, really.

Maybe just that the author doesn't seem to have a lot of other books he wrote in this genre. Shift looks promising. Maybe his other works are worth a look as well.

That's also my M.O., by the way. “Good book” equals “check up on author for more”.


The sharp word.


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