Official Review: The Other Side by Dan Pagano

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Official Review: The Other Side by Dan Pagano

Post by EmunahAn » 14 Jan 2019, 02:43

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Other Side" by Dan Pagano.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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The Other Side by Dan Pagano combines different religious aspects of the world beyond while exploring the struggle between good and evil. It is the late 1700s and the French revolution is looming closer. Jude St. Simon has just become aware of his ability to see ghosts. He comes to learn that he belongs to a special order that has been tasked with the responsibility of maintaining the balance of power on earth. Jude’s journey will take him in front of gods to fight for the fate of mankind and his three friends. Through it all, he will question his competence and strength, die and wake up in strange lands, fight evil and live through different time dimensions.

I liked the opening scene. It features Jude as he identifies a strange-looking person who does not appear fully human. The ghost starts talking to him. The scene is gripping and it quickly drew me in. Jude later experiences apprehension as his friends mock his story.

I also liked the backdrop of the plot. The author chooses a time of mayhem and political upheaval to heighten the chaos and uncertainty experienced by Jude. Different time periods are also incorporated and Jude gets a glimpse of the 21st Century towards the end. This combination makes the work even more interesting. It also highlights the conflict in the book which involves the dispute between good and evil.

The antagonist is well-developed. He is frightening and powerful which makes Jude’s quest even harder. The Nameless, who is the antagonist, lures one of Jude’s friends to his side which further toughens Jude’s task. The Nameless is also accompanied by hordes of followers and seems to be indestructible.

I did not like the complexity of the plot. Jude seems to have too many roles to play. His role as the character who can speak to ghosts disappears at some point in the book. On top of Jude’s responsibilities, there are so many characters in the book which made it confusing. In almost every part of Jude’s journey, he encounters new characters. This, combined with a mix of different religious personalities and notions, makes the book overly complex and hinders the harmony of various sections.

On grammar, I only identified a few errors which were not too distracting. The Other Side by Dan Pagano has many great aspects and is bound to captivate lovers of science-fiction books who love elements of time travel and spirituality. Readers who prefer simpler plots and different genres to that of the book may not enjoy it. I rate it 3 out of 4 stars.

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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 18 Jan 2019, 00:56

Meeting new characters is great, it sometime may happen to us in our lives, but one its way forgetting your own character isn't acceptable. Interesting fantasy read, and thank you for your input!
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Post by Anthony__ » 18 Jan 2019, 04:05

I love the story line, I think the complexity will be better understood, if adapted to a seasonal movie. Great review!

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Post by Jessacardinal » 18 Jan 2019, 13:34

I am not usually a fan of the earlier time periods, however, I agree the combination of later time periods must make the story extremely interesting.
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Post by kdstrack » 18 Jan 2019, 16:19

The author has come up with a unique story line. Jude's experiences with ghosts, gods, good and evil sound interesting. I like your analysis of the plot. Thanks for an interesting review.

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Post by Nyambura Githui » 18 Jan 2019, 17:26

The story sounds very interesting, especially about Jude's ability to see ghosts. Great review.

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Post by kandscreeley » 21 Jan 2019, 13:45

Too many characters can definitely confuse things. Jude seems realistic and capable, but I'm not sure about the good versus evil. Thanks for the great review, though. Very informative.
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Post by Faithmwangi » 23 Jan 2019, 06:44

When I saw the cover, I thought,'spooooky'.If I was Judes's friend, I would also not believe him. It's one of those things you have to see for yourself to believe. Either way, this isn't my kind of book and I will not be reading it. Thanks for the review.
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