Reviewed: 2017-02-26 - (Review Updated: 2017-08-09)
Spending time in a hospital with a sick loved one is a great way to get some time to read, even if I would never recommend having a sick relative to anyone. I found this group of stories in the list of author's favorites, and decided to check it out. This review encompasses all of the Second Time Through series, through what was posted las August.
A man holds a gun to his head in 2011 and pulls the trigger. He wakes up in someone else's body in 1971, in the body of a 16 year old boy. What's more, he has empathic powers that he never had before. The ensuing story, so far roughly 5 MB worth, tells a tale of science fiction mixed with some history. Add in some legends, ESP, some aliens from outer space and some Gods, and you get a tale that unfolds in a slow manner and is not complete yet.
For plot score so far I give it a 9 (A+). The sheer number of special women who the MC has a "soul" connection with starts getting hard to keep track of. The amount of sex in the story appears in places to interfere a little with the story itself, and I found myself skimming over some of it. Other than that, the plot so far is enjoyable and can be a pleasure to read if you can keep track of all of the smaller stories and events immersed in the larger tale.
For technical score, another A+ (9). It is not error-free, but the number of errors per chapter is not large, and most of them have to do with improper use of apostrophes to denote plurality.
For appeal so far, an A (8). One reason why it is not higher at the moment have to do with one thing mentioned earlier, with the sex scenes almost getting in the way of the story at times. The second reason it was not given a higher score is that the story is not finished yet. It truly is a captivating tale which I would love to keep reading until its conclusion, but I have found myself at the end if what was posted and needing more to read. Once the rest of the story comes along, I reserve the right to change the appeal score.
Edit - I have now finished reading through Book 4 and it ends in a cliffhanger. Needless to say, still waiting for the rest of the story. Great tale so far.
Any sufficiently advanced technology will appear as magic. Thank you Arthur Clark. This story, and this review is for not only this set of chapters, rather the whole thing, the three books that preceded.
I like magic, I like science fiction, I like sex with multiple partners (I used to anyway, now...) I like aliens from other worlds and I like sex with multiple partners, especially underage multiple partners. Of course I am 67 and think 50 is underage, but let us not go there.
The story is well plotted, well written, and well told. I find the characters to be engrossing, the premise to be ridiculous (which is why like doovers, and the sex to be entertaining, if not riveting after the third book. What the author has done is lessened the sex and moved the plot along while developing the story, exactly as it should be in a such a long story told over so far, a period of three years. Over a period of three years the author has matured as a writer; he started out good and got better.
Like any sci-fi story involving princesses and technology so advanced it seems like magic one must suspend disbelief. Actually considering some of the stroke stories on SOL it requires less of a suspension of disbelief than a mother walking in on her husband fucking her fourteen year old daughter and stripping and joining them rather than killing him.
Another plus is that new chapters are being posted regularly. A wonderful edition to the site, go forth and read.