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Jeff Bland
Author
The Legend of Burroughs' Rangers
JA Bland, author
Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
Originality: 6 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 6 out of 10
Overall: 6.50 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot:  With the world destroyed by solar flares and a shift in Earth’s poles, a man leads a group in facing off against natural threats and from desperate fellow survivors. The Legend of Burroughs' Rangers is a solidly constructed and tense post-apocalyptic western. 

Prose: Bland's writing is sound, but lacks a strong enough storytelling voice to truly set the book apart. The first-person perspective clashes somewhat with an oral history frame set up at the book’s onset and is largely dull in comparison. 

Originality: Although the book provides engaging and vivid circumstances, the narrative doesn't fully differentiate itself from other works within its genre.

Character/Execution: While the events facing the cast of characters are monumental,  many of the individuals are underdeveloped and deserving of more dynamism. Dialogue tends to exist in service of the plot, rather than to enhance character development.

 

Date Submitted: April 05, 2022

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