Review: “From the opening words I felt the author had a strong vision they were attempting to convey to readers. I found the descriptions and narrative almost lyrical at times, yet at others, word choice and phrase arrangement didn’t always make sense to me, yet perhaps that was directly part of the character, Li Chu Yang’s, influence. In a way, it was like a new musical rhythm you have adapt to or learn so as to be able to dance to it.
Ideas of all kinds shape the tone and background of the story swirling together Buddhism, eastern and central Asian history and mysticism, and one could definitely feel the author’s research and knowledge of such information, but there were times of repetitiveness and structure/editing issues I found distracting. That being said: the story itself was still greatly intriguing. It asks questions anyone might ask themselves when faced with a deadly plague/phenomenon that thus far no one understands or can conquer. After finding and reading a badly damaged book full of scientific suggestions, doubts arise in Li Chu Yang as to the plague’s origin, and if some political force or even an independent agency might be behind it.
From high-rise living and general middle class moderate prosperity, with the advent of the Black Death, humankind in these regions have been forced back to village or tribal living in order to survive, being driven further and further away from technology. Poverty, infanticide, crime and apathy are rampant as more and more people are crowded together in lost hope, and the descriptions can be gruesome and vivid, but as the story seemed to wander as it progressed. What was suggested in the premise never quite reached fulfillment, never reached a true climax to me, before listing off into philosophical reflection and somewhat of a surprise ending. I really thought “Supremely Happy World” had great potential, however I didn’t see the horror in the horror story and was left rather bemused. Readers looking for an eclectic, heavily Asian influenced apocalyptical world might find this work of interest.”
Description: “The year is 2113. The world has suffered the consequences of global climate change and now enters a time of terror as a rolling Black Death unlike any before it surges through the land. The Black Death rages on with no end in sight. Citizen Li Chu Yang believes he knows the source of this new deadly black strain. In a world where to be noticed is to be targeted, his dilemma is deadly serious.”
Author: Fisher Thompson, website http://fisherthompson.webs.com/
Published: January 3, 2010
Publisher: M.H. Dartos
Genre: Futuristic Horror, Apocalyptical Sci-horror