imageI have sat here for the last 10 minutes wondering how to start this review. I don’t want to this to be a negative report but then I have only read half the book. Why? Mainly because I was never formally introduced to the plot. However, I can’t make this a positive review as the first portion of the book is mostly taken up with character building. Sadly the main character, who comes across as a semi alcoholic writer, takes up far to much time.

Don’t get me wrong, there are things to like. The main character is a rough and boozy female with pretensions of being a great writer. I kind of liked the way she was being built up. Though, I noticed there were no descriptions of her appearance. We actually had a better idea of what she liked to drink than what she looked like.

The first third of the book was taken up with her and a few subsidiary characters. By the time I got to the half way mark, the plot finally made an appearance. Sadly, we missed each other as I decided to stop reading at that point. A little too late for my tastes.

So you can see the problem I am having. A book with a great start, which laboured too hard over establishing the main character and a plot that doesn’t know when to make itself known. How should I start this review then? Maybe like this…

The Last Bastard Standing mainly concerns a female writer with dreams of making it big. She is inconsiderate to those around her, prefers to drink as often as possible and comes across as being ‘not nice to know’. The story telling by the author is different to what you might be used and will suit the more patient reader. Not exactly experimental but different enough to keep it interesting. The author, Sienna Cassedy, needs to pay more attention to structure, the kind of detail that keeps the reader hooked and entertained. Comes with practice and experience.

On the whole, good effort but unfortunately it lost me half way through.

2 bites out of 5

Bob Toovey
I started reading Sci Fi at around age 8, I've never looked back since. I was highly influenced by my father's reading choices at the beginning. I soon branched out to many different authors and Sci Fi genre's. Early influences include Asimov, Clark, Simak, PKD and other 'golden age' authors. On occasion, I like a good spy book and currently finding early religious history a fascinating subject – despite being an atheist.

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