“Blood of Kaos” by J D Miller: A Book Review

Blood of Kaos - J D Miller Let me start by saying that I received a copy of the ebook, Blood of Kaos by J D Miller, from the author.  This has not influenced my review in any way, as I fear you’ll discover.

I have to say that the story has great potential.  It is inventive and has good characters.  Unfortunately, it’s in serious need of revision and editing.  There are glaring errors, inconsistencies and awkward sentences.  There are passages where the tense appears to change – possibly for dramatic effect, but I’m afraid it often just seemed clumsy or confusing, to me.  It’s not always clear which character is talking during sections of narrative, or who they’re talking to, and sometimes avoidance of ‘he said, she said’ in the narrative passages results in some peculiar phrases.  There are often leaps in the story which require you to disregard the fact that something hasn’t been explained or described – at all.  Another area which causes some confusion is the flow of time.  The fact that time moves differently in different realms isn’t mentioned until you’re well into the book.  The reader simply finds something entering the narrative out of thin air or a sense of ‘fractured time’.  This may, to some extent, be the consequence of drastic editing changes which were not then harmonised, but I can’t say that with any knowledge of how the book was written and edited.  In all honesty, if it was professionally edited, I would sack the editor!  In a book where some degree of otherworldliness may be anticipated, there is still a need for logic, and I’m afraid that the logic seems to be missing in several instances.  The ‘Kaos’ of the title, which has a definite link to ‘Chaos’, seems to rule too often.  There are times in the story when you hit a passage that is very good indeed, but I’m afraid that those just make it harder to cope with the sections in between.

All of that said, I honestly believe that J D Miller has a great story here.  It just needs a lot of work.  While there are familiar concepts, there are enough new ideas to make it worthwhile reading, once it’s fixed.  I firmly believe that this is a story worth rescuing!  The principle characters are very nearly what and where they need to be, which shows that J D Miller has a great feeling for them.  They just need some help to dwell somewhere worthy of them.

I truly regret that I can’t recommend buying the book, or ebook, in its current condition.  I give it 3 stars out of 5, for the originality of the story, the quality denying it any better rating and, indeed, threatening to reduce the rating if reviewed by those more interested in the technicalities than the inventive creativity.

I never take pleasure in giving a negative review, and this is particularly true when I encounter a story with so much potential.

~ Steve

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About Steve

An author since the age of 13 years, writing again dominates my activities. My "Imagineer-ing" blog is my primary site. Also: Beginner knitter since November 2010. Favourite knitting techniques: cable and lace. Beginner cross stitcher. Beginner jewellery maker. With the promotion of self publication and all the other work that has been going on here, Dad decided around 2am this morning (22/11/2013) that it was time to begin his next adventure. He was seen off earlier the previous evening by myself, my brother, my sister in law, and my sister, as well as his wife (our mum), and an enigmatic being known only as A Lorraine. After this time of story telling, laughing, crying, joking and mickey taking, we saw how tired both mum and dad were, and we decided to leave them under the (sometimes) gentle care of The Lorraine. When Dad found the timetable for his travels, he let Mum know gently, which woke her from her drowsing, then, with the same gentleness he showed in this universe, he boarded his favourite mode of transport, the Interdimensional Steam Train, and set off with a smile and a wave. For those of us closest, that smile was a reminder that his pain has ended, and the wave, an indicator that he will pop in to all those that knew him, from time to time. Usually at the most inconvenient and in opportune moments he can. While we are sad that he is no longer here, we are happy he now has no pain, and is experiencing more extraordinary things that his writers mind will be frantically weaving into a new story. Posted by Son Damien

4 thoughts on ““Blood of Kaos” by J D Miller: A Book Review

  1. I hope the author takes your comments as positive and constructive criticism. It sounds like the book does have great potential, and perhaps he’ll try critique partners and/or professional editing to bring out the potential that is hiding behind a less-than-stellar execution.

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