Comments to Time Dancers by Steve Cash
Submitted by C. Turner (Jul 11, 2008)
I have just finished The Meq by Steve Cash, having got it at my local library but knowing nothing of this author. Having read it I obviously wanted to find out if the next book in the series was available so I can ask the library if they have it, and found myself on this site.
I read Rob's review of The Time Dancers and I can understand, if he had not read The Meq first, that he would have found the second book lacking in 'story' in some places. I have not read this second book yet and I hope that when I do I will not be too disappointed, as I have really enjoyed The Meq, but I often find, when I read books, that there are dead spots, often created by material from the original script that could have been edited out without damaging the main storyline. I often 'jump' on in a book when I get to such spots, I must admit, and thereafter wonder who edited the book for publication.
When I think of books such as The Stand, by Stephen King (just as an example), where a huge chunk of the original manuscript hit the editorial waste bin, until it was republished later with most of the cuts back in the book, an indifferent, inexperienced or overzealous editor can affect the popularity of a book and author dramatically with their decisions on what will hold the attention of the public when reading a book and what they feel is relevant to the story.
I might be back to offer a review on The Time Dancers!