A Writer Reviewing Books: The Worker Prince by Bryan Thomas Schmidt
The Writer’s Voice: Clean, easy to read, but I’m not sure Bryan Thomas Schmidt was flexing his full writing muscle.
Plot: A Great Idea
Descriptiveness: Enough that you understand what’s what, but not overbearing. This is a Sci Fi story, so some people prefer a lengthy tome of technology. Personally, I prefer story. Bryan Thomas Schmidt delivers.
I met Bryan Thomas Schmidt at GlitchCon 2014 in Spingdale, AR. After being on a few panels with him, and having a chance to hear him speak, I really wanted to read his work. I purchased a signed copy of The Worker Prince and hauled it home with me.
The first thing that I think is neat about this book is that it’s a retelling of the story of Moses, but with a Sci Fi twist. Was that too much of a spoiler alert? Personally I think that’s a really good idea. I think it’s fun when someone takes a common concept and gets creative with it. Of course if they don’t do well with it, it just makes matters worse. In Bryan Thomas Schmidt’s case, no worries.
The Worker Prince is one of those of books you can label as a fun read. It may not be an epic tome, but it’s certainly worth burning your reading time on.
The book was published by Diminished Media Group, who I understand focuses on faith based fiction. What does this mean? First, it means, Soccer Moms fear not, it’s a safe book for your teen to read. In fact, Bryan Thomas Schimdt isn’t trying to throw in our faces how intelligent he is by making the book challenging to read. His voice is clean, smooth, and I think most young adults would find it easy to read. And again, because it comes from a religious house, you can trust that the content is safe for the precious fragile minds of your children. On the flip side, the religious aspect of the book isn’t heavy handed, so I don’t see any reason why someone of a different faith or someone that isn’t religious couldn’t enjoy the story.
The only question I have is how much did the editing process and the publisher stifle Bryan Thomas Schmidt’s voice? Again, I have no complaint with his voice as it was. It was certainly a clean and smooth read, and maybe it’s just me, but at times I felt like I was catching a glimpse of something more. As if Bryan had a pair of aces he wasn’t ready to lay on the table yet. At the end of the day, I guess the only way to find out is to read more of his work, which, I will.
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About the Reviewer
Phillip Drayer Duncan is the author of 4 published novels and 12 short stories. He has work published with Yard Dog Press, Pro Se Productions, and Seventh Star Press.