Sunday, May 21, 2017
DNF Review: Dr. Lane Bravo's Lectures on Bervin "The Blue" by Chris Sweigard
This is the history of Bervin "The Blue" as recorded by Dr. Lane Bravo. Young Bervin of the planet Kelner was picked to unite the Common Sense Stones of Sight, Sound, Taste, Hearing, and Touch. As his journey progresses, and he recovers the stones from there protectors, Bervin experiences dramatic changes in his own senses and abilities. His actions are also responsible for dramatic changes on his small planet. Bervin's actions are credited for raising the wondrous Brietta Mount up above the existing atmosphere, allowing the sun's rays to ricochet around in it and shoot blue into the sky all over Kelner. It is Dr. Bravo's job to record this history. He does this by compiling first person accounts of the events, and presenting those as interviews. He also presents legends and lore. The final piece of information he presents is Bervin's own journal from the journey. Although few, the accounts offer the closest to first person history that we have to this historical event.
(Synopsis from Goodreads.)
When I first read the synopsis for Dr. Lane Bravo's Lectures on Bervin "The Blue", I knew I had to read it. It sounded like it was unlike anything I had ever read before. The perfect mix of fantasy with a unique story telling method. Unfortunately, I disliked this book quite a bit. I ended up DNF'ing it at just twenty-two pages because I couldn't read anymore.
Most of the first twenty-two pages of this book was a complete info-dump. It was way too much information to try to take in at once. It made everything confusing, and hard to pay attention to. I felt my eyes glaze over several times while trying to read this. I wasn't absorbing any of the information. Doctor Lane Bravo would also go off, and randomly get sidetracked throughout the book, and go on random tangents. That didn't help my attention span at all. By the time I DNF'd the book at twenty-two pages, I had a terrible headache from trying to figure out what was going on. At that point, Bervin "The Blue" was barely mentioned at all. Therefore, I decided to give up, and DNF the book.
At this point in time, I will not be going back to try to read the book again. Days later, even the thought of this book still gives me a headache. However, I can't say that I don't recommend Dr. Lane Bravo's Lectures on Bervin "The Blue" to anyone. My husband read the book, and he enjoyed it. Therefore, it might be more of a personal preference thing. However, if you do start it, be prepared for a lot of info-dumping.
I give Dr. Lane Bravo's Lectures on Bervin "The Blue": 1/5.
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I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.