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Constellation Chronicles: The Lost Civilization of Aries: 01/15/10
Vincent Lowry originally wanted to use Zodiac in the title instead of Constellation. As you can guess, he's planning to write eleven more books. The Lost Civilization of Aries is thus the first book in The Constellation Chronicles.
Glenn Sawyer lives in Rigel New Mexico. He is (of course) a UFO geek with his own theories of life on other planets and extra terrestrial visits to Earth. When a ship crash lands outside the town Glenn will have his theories proved right. He will also be recruited to save Earth from a centuries old war in the deepest reaches of the universe.
Lowry mentioned in the close of his book that his first draft of the novel was significantly longer. He cut it down for pacing. I think he cut too much. It feels choppy and rushed in places. There's not enough time to get to know Glenn, his family or their situation until the crash. Likewise, I wanted more time to learn about the Povars before Glenn agrees to join them.
Finally, there is the Povar's language. They use it on and off throughout the book even though they can apparently speak fluent English. It's an interesting addition to the novel and I don't think it's used enough. A glossary at the back would have been fun.
My final thoughts on The Lost Civilization of Aries is that it is a shaky but promising start to a science fiction series. If a second one comes out I would like to give it a try.
I received the book for review and have passed it on to a friend to read.
Comment #1: Friday, January, 15, 2010 at 21:17:44
I want you to review my book when it comes out (eventually).
I love your honesty, and your constructive criticism! If I were Lowry I'd seriously consider your suggestions for the next book.
Comment #2: Monday, January 18, 2010 at 22:27:11
I'd be delighted to review your book. You know how to find me when that time comes.