Monday, July 13, 2015

ARC Review: Astounding! by Kim Fielding

From the blurb:

Carter Evans is founder and editor-in-chief of Astounding!—a formerly popular spec fiction magazine currently in its death throes. Not only can he do nothing to save it, but stuck in a rathole apartment with few interpersonal connections, he can’t seem to do much to rescue his future either. And certainly all the booze isn’t helping. He snaps when he receives yet another terrible story submission from the mysterious writer J. Harper—and in a drunken haze, Carter sends Harper a rejection letter he soon regrets.
J. Harper turns out to be John Harper, a sweet man who resembles a ’50s movie star and claims to be an extraterrestrial. Despite John’s delusions, Carter’s apology quickly turns into something more as the two lonely men find a powerful connection. Inexplicably drawn to John, Carter invites him along on a road trip. But as they travel, Carter is in for some big surprises, some major heartbreak… and just maybe the promise of a good future after all.  

Heather's rating:

Kim Fielding is one of my most consistent authors, and I know I can count on her for a well-written story. I don't think I've read a book from her that I haven't liked, and many I've loved to the point of obsession. She writes off-beat, interesting stories with atypical characters that stay with you long after the story is finished.

This was a sweet and simple sci-fi story about a alien trying to get home and a jaded editor of a folding magazine. John (aka, the alien) was a beautiful, lost man who finally made a human connection after all these years. My heart ached for him, and I think he was portrayed really beautifully. Carter was a depressed guy, drinking too much and getting down on life, when he met John and his life changed for the better. These two guys had nice, easy chemistry, and I enjoyed reading about them as a couple.

I liked all of the characters, including the side characters (Carter's ex and his ex's husband), and I slid into the plot of the story easily. Sometimes, it was too easy. I felt like for an alien, John seemed too naïve and too human, for all his little eccentricities. I wanted a little more tension, a little more umph to the storyline.

I also found parts of this book to be a little slow. Don't get me wrong, this book was lovely, but it wasn't a story that excited me, for good or for bad. However, if you are looking for another sweet story from the very talented Kim Fielding, this could be just what you need.

**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

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