by T. Lucas Earle
Overview (from Goodreads.com): Monkey Talk is loosely based on the Chinese myth, the Monkey King, a timeless story about who belongs, and who doesn’t. In a future in which Chimps can give lectures on cybernetics, Mr. Towry is a Chimp with an attitude. Unfortunately, the rules are still “No shirt, no shoes, no service.”
Full Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Thoughts: Who else immediately thought of Planet of the Apes after reading the description? I may be alone in that, but this short story is really nothing like Planet of the Apes (original or remakes), except that the monkeys can talk.
The characters were okay, nothing to really write home about. I didn’t really care for Mr. Towry, the main character. He seemed like a jerk and not someone (human or ape) that I would want to be around. If I described him in one word, based on what I read, it would have to be complainer. It was fun imagining an ape with a British accent though (he’s from London).
My biggest complaint with Monkey Talk is the length. It is just too short. I was a little bit confused when I finished it. I think I have it figured out, but if it were just a bit longer I’d know for sure. The author’s style of writing is fantastic. Frankly, he could probably make something boring seem interesting. He does a great job of building things up and keeping you guessing about plot points and character motives/flaws. What I enjoy most about the method of build up is how unique it is. Off the top of my head, I can’t think of another author with a style matching that of T. Lucas Earle.
I liked Monkey Talk, but it should’ve been longer. I’m very frustrated with how great these short stories are, but they’re just too short for my taste. When you find an author that you think is worth the time to read, of course you want to read more. So, I would recommend Monkey Talk, especially if you’re into sci-fi and the concept of evolution.
3 out of 5 Bookmarks = It’s hard to rate it higher when I didn’t like the main character and it was way too short.
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