Go back and read the title again.
Now that’s a high concept.
I periodically browse through the Kindle store for new novels to read and review. On one such trip, I came across Sechin Tower’s Mad Science Institute. Long-time readers know the dangers of judging a book by its cover. But with that title on the cover, I thought, surely it would be worth an impulse buy. Who wouldn’t want to read about a Hogwarts for budding Frankensteins and Moreaus? And after reading the prologue, my opinion was confirmed – this was a book I wouldn’t be returning. Then I set it aside and didn’t pick it up for a little while. It wasn’t until recently that I finally had the chance to resume it.
As it turns out, it’s not quite the book I thought it would be. Nor is it quite the book I think it could have been. So I will confess to being a bit disappointed. Only a bit, though, and don’t let that put you off buying it. My disappointment is due to my taking the core concept and running with how I would have written it rather than any intrinsic demerits in the book. For anyone who enjoys weird tales of mad science, this good effort should engage you. There’s more than enough here to justify the cover price. (more…)