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Good books - Horrible Editing!
on August 6, 2012
I bought the series after reading a peek of the first book. I usually enjoy series books like this and prefer to buy all at once if I can. I have made it through the first 2 books and started the third. The story lines are enjoyable and the characters are funny. Overall it would be a solid series except for the fact that at least books 2 and 3 appear to be early drafts. I rarely review books or products, but by the middle of the 2nd book, I went looking for the way to write a review to warn others. It is possible that the stand alone versions are better, but I did not purchase them so I can't attest here. The second book has huge errors in sentence structure with misplaced commas (often with periods after) and double letters often both capped and lower case. I'm a person who can live with a few typos and some grammar issues, but this level of errors almost made the book unreadable. The third book is in multiple fonts from the beginning; some italic, some not, some upper case, some not, and lots of extra spaces and punctuation.
Here are some actual sentences from the 2nd book to give you an idea of what is wrong with this copy. "I found stuff on selling your retail, non-profit, I i nternet, wholesale and general services companies. There was g G uerrilla m M arketing, and other crap..."
"Great! how about Taschetta's at eight o'clock 8 ? "
After reading the 2nd book, I think that this book looks like it was redlined, but both the original and the redlining text were kept. So words that were supposed to be upper case ended up being upper case then lower case then the rest of the word, all with spaces between. Same goes for Mr. where it should have been Dr. It ends up being, M D r. in the book. all the numbers are both spelled out and numeric. Finally, each time you have a comma before a quote, it is followed by a space then a period then another space then the quotes. Strangely you can actually see the pattern and get used to it after a while, but it is a real shame.
If you're ok with reading a sentence a few times to make sure you'll get the gist, then they're an enjoyable series of books for reading by the pool. If a few typos usually gets you in an uproar, you should probably skip these or see if the paper (or individual book) versions are better.