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Story Time [Kindle Edition]

Linell Jeppsen
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In the not too distant future a young woman bears witness to the end of her world.

Earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions rock the planet, reducing cities to smoking rubble, burying entire islands and coastlines beneath cataclysmic waves.

Religious fervor and human evil erupt and entwine, becoming a maelstrom of madness in the days after, bringing with it the horror of apocalyptic war.

As a population in the depths of despair struggles to overcome insurmountable odds, can a single glimmer of hope flare into a beacon for the survivors?

This is her tale...the world is ours...and now, it's STORY TIME.

Über den Autor

Linell Jeppsen is a writer of speculative fiction, science fiction, and fantasy/paranormal romance. Her vampire novel, The Hunt, has received over 14 four and five star reviews. Her latest book, Story Time, a science fiction, post-apocalyptic novel has been touted by the Paranormal Romance Guild, Sandy’s Blog Spot and nine other reviewers as a five star read, filled with terror, love, loss, and the indomitable beauty and strength of the human spirit. Her first short story, The Gag Gift, won third prize for the best science- fiction short story of 2011. It is featured in two different books; The Last Astronaut, and Mixed Blessings. Ms. Jeppsen is the sole proprietor of New Voices Books, in Republic, Washington. This is a new and used book store, and perfumery. Once a month she is proud to feature a new or independently published author. She hosts the “Writer’s Slam” writer’s workshop, and is pleased when authors such as Judith McDowell and S. Evan Townsend do book signings and readings for the delighted citizens in town. She expects many more authors to promote their work in 2012. Ms. Jeppsen is currently working on a western ghost story, and has another whole new paranormal fantasy epic planned for 2012 as well.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 420 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 268 Seiten
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verlag: World Castle Publishing; Auflage: Third (5. Mai 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0080XO25S
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A MUST-READ!!! Not just for Sci-Fi readers! 1. November 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a powerful book, written by an exceptional author, which utilises the historical records of the future to tell of humanity's decline into chaos as our planet is suddenly pummelled into extinction by both natural disaster and the alien forces that converge to harvest, and battle over, what can be salvaged from a dying civilisation. A gentle, but excellent narrative tells of the death and destruction with superb elegance, skill and remarkable descriptive, which leaves the reader in little doubt as to what the darker side of humans can truly be.

In the safety of a new, peaceful, idyllic world, the `story' of the end of the Earth, is told in graphic excellence with a flowing storyline and beautifully written characters. The narrative is one of the best I have read, and the author leaves out none of our 'flaws' as she uses human weakness to bring the 'good guys' to the brink of self-destruction and, ultimately, their knees.

The story is told by an old woman, once a young teacher who is thrust into having to survive when the first of many `natural disasters' intervenes in her predetermined path in life, and through the interviews of a reporter who witnessed those final days and now, many years on, is interviewing the `criminals' who sought to conquer and survive at any cost. In contrast to the old woman, who tells her story in front of a willing and captive audience, the reporter finds himself facing the hatred and bigotry of 'Old Earth', as he seeks to recover the first-hand accounts from the now aged and dying prisoners and those who followed them, both willingly and through necessity.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ordinary Americans Brave Apocalyptic Struggles: BRILLIANT! 17. Oktober 2011
Von Ellen Ekey-Hines - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the second Linell Jeppsen novel that I've read and she does not disappoint in either. Just as in 'The Hunt', her characters in 'Story Time' are well developed and the reader grows to know them as friends. Linell has interwoven many survivors' journeys, their fears, struggles and sacrifices to reach Naomi's ranch. Once there, they must learn to pull together while living and dying, loving and understanding, and believing there is still hope. Times are difficult with apocalyptic events: floods, earthquakes, fire, famine, etc. Both human and alien forces oppose them as they strive for a new beginning. Their future will astonish you...

The conclusion will amaze and prompt you to consider many things even after the book is closed. Nothing is predictable about 'Story Time' except that it is very well told by a fantastic writer.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Ambitious story that didn't sing for me 23. April 2012
Von Mvargus - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch|Von Amazon bestätigter Kauf
FOr me, this was an extremely difficult book to review. Linell writes with a wonderful style and phrasing. I was truly enchanted at the start by her style and wanted to see where the story went.

Unfortunately, the quality of the writing couldn't keep me excited once the plot started unfolding.

There were a number of things that broke into my immersion in this novel. Individually one wouldn't have been a major flaw, but when all of them were brought together, it turned a book I was enjoying into one that frustrated me on several levels.

*warning, to completely go over why I was disappointed, this review will note some plot elements, I tried to avoid giving any spoilers, but I found it impossible to avoid discussing plot elements.*

It the end, teh start of hte problem was just how ambitious Linell was with the plot. The first few chapters read like a fairly standard post-apocolyptic novel where some great calamity strikes the planet and a group fo survivors must fight to re-establish civilization. This is not an easy plot to write well, but by itself is not too bad.

Then Linell introduced her first adversary. I've written her to ask why she chose reactionary uber-Christain rednecks, and while I understand her reasoning, I've seen this theme overused in post-apoc fiction. Worse, they were introduced through a series of discussions with survovirs from teh group, and it soon became clear that their chapters were out of continuity with the rest of the story. They were describing events that occured 10 chapters later for the other characters. this was probably the only real "editing" error I caught, but I'm not sure how Linell could have fixed it. Without it she would have had to cut from her other heroes for several consecutive chapters while she moved her human villains hundreds of miles.

And I do mean human villains. In the middle of her post-apocolyptic novel, Miss Jeppsen brings in aliens who are mining Earth for "star drive material.". For the most part the aliens act like humans are vermin to be killed when encountered.

But by this time it's rather clear that the humans are no longer on Earth, but on a planet called Harmony. (and they took along the remnants of hte uber-Christian force and incarcerated them, which is how every third chapter is an interview with a different member of this group.)

Sadly, for me, the complexity of the plot didn't work. The aliens felt out of place, and while I"m no scientist, I never really figured out what they could be trying to mine the Earth for that wouldn't have been far easier to collect elsewhere in the galazy with the techonology they had. Add in the aliens who help the heroes, and who played a Deus Ex Machina role on a couple of occasions, and I just couldn't take the story.

I did finish it, and I have to applaud Linell both for attempting a story so ambitious and for the quality of the writing. She is a talented writer and was quite gracious when I wrote her to let her know that I was disappointed in this book. I can understand the high marks others gave it, as its a fascinating if chaotic tale. but there was too much chaos and too little good sience and characters once you got past the leads. The villains didn't really work for me and while without the aliens the whole transit to the new planet doesn't work, I didn't feel they added to the story.

I put this right around 2.5 stars. It's a very solid effort and I expect we'll see Linell continue to improve as she writes more.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen I'm pleasantly surprised by this thrilling read! 27. November 2011
Von Mistress of The Dark Path - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch|Von Amazon bestätigter Kauf
Story Time is an apocalyptic tale of earth's final moments before utter destruction. An event that comes in many forms no one expected, but a lot of them are reminiscent of predictions from the book of Revelations. It begins with a few major natural disasters that aren't really tied together at first but eventually it's clear something awful is brewing. No one expected how far it would go or how bad things would end up. The loss of human life reaches epic proportions in a relatively short period, leaving few survivors. This is not a story that could be properly told from only one view point, so there are several which give individual accounts as to how things went down. The one constancy they all have is that every narrator eventually ends up at a place called Harmony Ranch in Washington State. One of the last places where humans fight to survive before the planet becomes uninhabitable.

Readers will meet a multitude of characters, some more likeable than others. The story is told from both good, honest people and those who are little more than criminals. One of the most prominent is Naomi, the woman whose family owns Harmony Ranch. She is a soft-hearted, sweet young woman who is forced to take the mantle of leadership for the many people who come to her home for refuge. There is also Steven Cummings, a reporter who was forced to flee with his life partner and seek safety at the ranch. Michael Anderson, a former NBA player, is turned into a hero by his actions to save those weaker than him. There are also several more who were not so good in the things they did. Their version of accounts show a darker side to human nature.

Story Time grabbed my attention from the beginning and didn't let go. As each account was revealed, I desperately turned the pages (or rather touched the screen to flip them) so I could find out more. The world building in this novel is impressive as the author thought of numerous small details to add depth and greater visualization. I could see every event as it unfolded. Not only this, but the character development throughout was excellent. Each person came to life with their unique backgrounds and made it easy to see how people of various walks of life were affected by the disasters that hit earth. They all had their strengths and weaknesses which made them realistic and easy to relate to. Despite the excellent descriptions, I never found the story to slow down, if anything it sped up as things came to their tragic conclusion.

***Spoiler Alert***

There is very little to complain about with this novel. It is well written and thought out. I would have liked to know more about what happened to people on other continents, aside from North America, as little was mentioned about them. It is one factor that should have gotten a bit more attention, even if only at the final stages of the novel. I got the impression from things revealed toward the end that there were other pockets of humans that made it off the planet alive, but couldn't be sure how this occurred. The ending was a bit abrupt as well. I had expected to learn exactly how the humans were saved on that final day, aside from the fact it was aliens that helped them. Little explanation was given on this. Who were these aliens and why did they come to the rescue? These questions linger in my mind. Yet I wouldn't say that the above factors hurt the book much. It still told a very vivid story that certainly gave a fairly complete picture.

***End Spoiler Alert***

If you enjoy suspenseful tales involving the apocalypse that will keep you on the edge of your seat, Story Time is a must read. It is one of the better versions I have seen, especially if compared to other books and movies on the same subject. I am certainly pleased for picking this one up and giving it a chance. It was well worth the time and most certainly a very entertaining novel!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Eve of Destruction 28. Januar 2012
Von mountainmama - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Von Amazon bestätigter Kauf
This is a truly original story about the apocalyptic end of the earth. As natural disasters and alien invaders claim millions, a group struggles to survive the devastation on a remote ranch in Washington State. The tale is unveiled to us as it is being passed down to younger generations by the woman whose family owned the ranch, and also through interviews by a reporter who gives us another side of the story.

This is a beautifully crafted book. Ms Jeppsen has done a brilliant job of portraying the entire gamut of human emotions and personalities, - from weakness to strength, despair to hope, immorality to compassion, grief to peace. Her characters are utterly believable and her descriptions of events put you in the midst of the action. It is well-paced and maintains the tension throughout.

I loved the book and recommend highly. Well done, Ms. Jeppsen.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Terribly written and plotted 13. August 2012
Von A. Phifer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Von Amazon bestätigter Kauf
Given all the high ratings for this book, I was deeply disappointed.

The author has a serious case of "tell, don't show" when attempting to clue us in to how her characters are feeling. It seems like every major character spent all their time wringing their hands, gnashing their teeth and weeping.

The story also suffers from several cases of Deus Ex Machina, without ever explaining *why* these things are happening. The book raises questions, glossed over at the time, that are never explained in the abrupt ending to the book.

People are held up as heroes and villains, but those people are given *maybe* a page explaining what they did (often a single act) to "deserve" the titles.

All in all, a promising premise that's just wasted.
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