Rainbow Bud – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

4 Stars

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Steven A. Moore

The Rainbow Bud by Steven.A.Moore is a highly imaginative work of fiction that follows a washed up rock star, Sonny Adams and his adventures at the Rainbow Falls, a community full of quirky characters who have stumbled upon time travel. There is romance, family discord and a love of music that runs through the novel.

Moore has created a world full of eccentric characters that are well thought out and fit into his aesthetic of the late 60s and 70s. The story itself is fun and readers will enjoy following Sonny Adams as he learns about rainbows that transport past serial killers and rock stars and the antics that ensue. There are well-developed characters, plot twists and Moore’s easy writing style makes this book a pleasure to read.

However, the repetitive dialogue between Sonny and his lover Dandy becomes predictable, and there are parts of the dialogue that read unrealistic and static. Another criticism would be the length of the novel. As very little happens, this novel could have very easily been a short story without having lost any of its charms. The inclusion of song lyrics, written by Sonny Adams, also does little to push the plot and feels like space fillers at the beginning of chapters.

Overall, Rainbow Bud by Steven A. Moore is a story that takes its readers into a surreal world where weed fields, washed up rock stars and ghosts are the norm. Rainbow Bud is a unique story that needs to clean up some of its stylistic issues if it wants to be taken seriously, even for a book that has very little seriousness between its pages.

Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.

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