Brad Stephens

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Changing of the Guard

I enjoyed Half Orphan because it gave me a glimpse into another culture - that of India. I found it interesting to see that Western culture is invading Indian culture and turning it on its head in much the same way as it did European Culture in the last two centuries.
The story itself is good. The author did a good job of describing the emotional struggles that such a radical shift in cultural norms brings about - the shift from old to new can be both exhilarating and painful. The generation gap it creates can be very hurtful both emotionally and relationally.
The plot is good but the unfolding of the story could have been done better. There were grammar problems throughout and occasional leaps in thought that left me confused as to what had just happened. Over all I thought it was a good concept that could be refined into an excellent description life and love in modern India. Keep pressing on Tara!

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Satisfaction and Longing

I didn't know what to expect as I began reading Hleo. I was put off early on by a few glitches in wording but the story began to pull me in regardless.. With each chapter the glitches became less and less and the pull inward stronger. The plot unfolded with ease and by the last ten chapters I found my self pressing on with more urgency to find out how it would unfold..
What I found as the work ended was satisfaction and longing. My suspicions about some of the characters were proven true but the way they were revealed only increased my desire to see how it would unfold. Those things were satisfying. The longing came in the questions that were purposely left unanswered. I want to read more, know more and understand this world better. I look forward to experiencing the further development of this Hleo series.

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