- Paperback: 428 pages
- Publisher: Petra Books (April 14 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781927032831
- ISBN-13: 978-1927032831
- ASIN: 1927032830
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.4 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 508 g
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Late-K Lunacy Paperback – Apr 14 2018
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"Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, opens with a dystopian portrait of a fictiious town dying from pesticides. Mocked by corporate agribusiness, her non-fictionbest-seller, became the generative force for the modern environmental movement. Late-K Lunacy follows in this tradition with fiction, this time the threat to human and ecological life being a climate change-induced pandemic. It will frighten the complacent and arm climate justice advocates. Ted Bernard has an engaging and imaginative gift for ecology-based fiction. -- H. Patricia Hynes, retired Professor of Environmental Health, author of The Recurring Silent Spring (Pergamon).
"A devastatingly truthful work of ecology-based fiction and a gripping story of the coming-of-age of a group of post-carbon Millennials. Much more than an ecological dystopia, Late-K Lunacy is a splendid evocation of the world going into - and eventually coming out of - an ecological crisis, as Holling's ecological cycles are characterized by both collapse and recovery, like a never-ending Möbius strip." -- Fikret Berkes, author of Sacred Ecology.
About the Author
TED BERNARD earned degrees from Bridgewater State University and the University at Wisconsin-Madison. With a PhD in geography I had a totally fulfilling career teaching legions of incredible students at Kenyatta University, the University of Botswana and Ohio University. I played the other roles of a professor too: scoring grants, writing technical reports, publishing journal articles, toying with administration, etc. But writing creatively, writing to reach the heart, was clearly verboten. He lives with his wife, Donna Lofgren, on a southern Ohio farm in the Shade River watershed.
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It was a chore to read right from the start due to the overabundance of descriptions and a preachy-lecturing tone to the narrative - all to the detriment of the plot. Everything is over-described, even minor characters. Early on I was muttering to myself, "Just get on with the story." I can accept lecturing me when you also provide me with a compelling set of main characters in a well-paced plot. Then throw in some suspense and intrigue. Develop those compelling characters and establish more of the setting along the way.
What didn't work: immediately lecturing the reader about your environmental concerns; setting the novel in an almost utopian small Ohio college town and providing all the history of this fictitious campus ; declaring a love for Millennials making everyone who is not one or all pro-Millennial bad; making the "bad" guys all stereotypical caricatures, either in descriptions of them (they are never looking good, or even okay) or in their speech patterns; making fun of areas of the country that you consider less intellectually developed than you.... I could go on but the gest of my point is that this reader gave up on Late-K Lunacy pretty early on because the writing wasn't worth the effort. (And it's not that I innately dislike environmental issues, college towns, and young adults - I live in a university town, am environmentally conscious, and have much-appreciated Millennials working for me.) Messages in novels are fine; almost all novels have some message in the plot, but make sure the actual quality of the writing can carry your message-laden plot.
Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of the publisher/author through Library Thing’s Early Reviewer Program.