Conquering “Conquest” (A Review)

The Farmington Review

Review by Curtis Cole

Let us just get this out of the way—story telling is hard, and the dubious inheritances from the so-called titans of our epoch (Tolkien, Card, Rowling, etc.) hardly make the job of modern story tellers easier, much less when they are mashed into a Space Opera pastiche.

Perhaps that is why I disliked Dhayaa Anbajagane’s Conquest so much. That is wasn’t so much an original work as a field exercise in combining various parts of pop culture into an expressive whole. Still, this is not the whole case since it would be letting Anbajagane off the hook too easily; at the end of the day, even when we take into account that Conquest is the author’s first stab at creative writing, and even after we understand the target audience for this novel, we cannot speak of this as a good or even a decent book. Because, quite…

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