2 out of 4 stars
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It Finally Happened by Craig Glatky is a sci-fi/fantasy novel infused with elements of romance, humor, and non-fiction. The author takes the reader on a rollercoaster that navigates his dreams and provides a glimpse into his past.
The author's colorful imagination is evident in his narration. He traverses various worlds, interacting with different creatures in the process. He places himself in deathly situations but also allows room for compassion and kindness. Encounters with mythical creatures like trolls and dragons highlight the author's bravery. I wasn't surprised when he interacted with superheroes and characters from television shows. His take excited me because I have also had dreams that featured my favorite characters.
In his dreams, Craig is a serial womanizer who marries every woman he desires. I concluded that this was his troubled love life manifesting because the inspiration behind this story is a girl he kissed in the first grade. She keeps popping up in his memory, but Craig doesn't even know her last name. I like that the author was honest about his real-life search for the mysterious girl, although it ended haphazardly. The unhealthy obsession, however, worries me. It was unexpected when Craig underwent a psychological evaluation which revealed a few details from his childhood. I liked that the doctor who performed these tests seemed professional although at times it felt like the author was under duress. He also included some of his family members in the story. Although he gave them different names, the synopsis at the end of the book provides readers with clues about their identities.
The author accurately captured the disjointed essence of dreams. In an instant, the scenery shifted from outer space to dark dungeons and often a few years into the future. The lack of continuity, however, was a task to process. It was unclear where a dream ended, and reality began. That coupled with a combination of both the first person and third person narration made me go over some sections more than once. Since most of the sentences begin with a noun, the story felt choppy. The use of pronouns will streamline its flow and ease the reading experience. It was a task to keep up with the many characters who have difficult but similar names. They also popped up randomly, which often disoriented me. Readers who like dialogue will find a lot of it in this book. I, however, wasn't comfortable with the lengthy conversations and would've wanted to read more of Craig's adventures. Although I like fast-paced stories, this one was too fast and felt rushed. A more leisurely pace will put the events in perspective and could create two or more books out of this one.
What I disliked most about this book is that it contains multiple grammatical errors, mostly misspelled words. Since they occur in almost every paragraph, they diminished the reading experience. The errors coupled with the complicated storyline lower the book's rating to 2 out of 4 stars. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an unorthodox read with an unusual plot. People who like simple and straightforward storylines, however, should stay away from this book.
It Finally Happened
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