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Read No Evil [Kindle Edition]

Steven W. White
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"It's an ebook about an ebook – that might be the ebook that it's about." – Bruce Holland Rogers, Nebula and World Fantasy Award-winning author

A new electronically-published fantasy novel is sweeping the nation. Everyone is reading it. Some love it, some hate it, and some vanish without a trace.

High school English teacher Jan Fitzgerald adores literature. But her students have begun to disappear, and somehow this new ebook is responsible. To protect the people she loves, she must discover how the nationwide outbreaks of violence and missing persons could be caused by the latest fiction craze.

Jan has no choice but to read the ebook herself, and hope that she can resist its mind-altering power long enough to unravel the mystery.

And you must read it with her.

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From the Author

Read No Evil is a thrilling novel of suspense that challenges the perception of readers, with altered text, hidden codes, and other clues not found in conventional fiction.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1936 KB
  • Print Length: 245 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Steven W. White (October 31, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #519,360 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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There is so much going on with this novel; a story inside a story- literally, it is like reading two books in one, but in a sensible, interest inspiring way- mystery, suspense, an ever thickening plot which leads to an unpredictable climax.
In Steven White's new novel "Read no Evil," Seattle area high school teacher Jan Fitzgerald's students begin disappearing. Rumors circulating among her students sound like nothing more than unbelievable urban legends. Until her neighbor and a close, personal friend succumb to the same fate as her students. Then, the stories of an evil, possibly haunted ebook seem more fact than fiction. Jan's only hope is in teaming up with the class emo/misfit Adrian (whose sister has also gone missing), and read the ebook herself to get to the bottom of the disappearances, in the hopes that she does not disappear and become a victim of the mysterious, horrid fate as the others.
It is obvious that White is a student and fan of fine fiction- especially the classics. However, his writing is not arrogant, or of the 'literary or intellectually elite' style that many with his background have a tendency to portray. He mixes his knowledge of prose with a down to earth style that makes his craft legitimate in the circles of the literary elite, but an easy, enjoyable read for people of all levels. Though this work is fun for middle aged adults (like me) I can see it being a big hit also among the YA readers and am going to recommend it to my own teenagers. Job well done, Mr. White, and I am anxiously awaiting your next work!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Are you reading this on a kindle? December 3, 2012
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This book has all the earmarks of a good thriller that is just close enough to the possible to make you have goosebumps. If you're reading it on a kindle you will have even more reason for anxiety. Inexplicably in the middle of this book I turned a page and got a black screen. Those who have ventured to read it will understand how troubling that might be. For those who haven't read it, be prepared. As usual Steven's characters are interesting and unique. His plot kept me going and the techniques used to write the book (I don't want to give too much away) are very good. The only thing that keeps me from giving this a five star rating is the development of the love interest, which seemed to appear without much buildup. My advice is read this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I found the plot original and rather exciting. People are reading a new ebook on their Kindles and it makes them do very strange things, what is it with this story they are reading?
However, even though it is well written and the characters are ok, I found the acts committed by these readers of the story within the story too gruesome to enjoy the reading, and eventually it turned out to be what I would classify as a fantasy novel.
I found it captivating and well written enough to recommend it for fantasy fans but not for those who prefer an old-fashioned whodunit.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, in a few ways February 6, 2013
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Read No Evil was an interesting read for quite a few reasons.
1) There were a lot of errors in formatting, and it was hard to read because of the many duplicate pages. There were also parts where images were pasted over text, and cut out the words so you could not read what it said.
2) The concept was intriguing. A super computer that craves power - it was something I haven't read in a long time, but I think having two stories in one made it more confusing.
3) I was left confused with the ending between Jan and April. The binary code left me hanging, wondering what happened to April all of a sudden.
Overall, it was definitely something I am glad I read, but I wish the errors would have been corrected prior to release. I would have enjoyed it much more had it not irritated me so much.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The story, in a nutshell, follows High School teacher Jan Fitzgerald (25), who becomes convinced that a popular ebook is somehow changing and harming its readers. Students at her school are disappearing. Even worse, some are committing suicide or murder. When one of her teenage students, a goth-dressing boy named Adrian, comes to her asking for help to find his missing sister, they join forces to try to find the person responsible.

This is a "soft" Sci-fi / Speculative Fiction story which relies on the possibilities of technology for story-line but does not include any hard science beyond the 0s and 1s of computer language and speculation about future possibilities of computer intelligence. It is mostly grounded firmly in the modern day and the concepts will be readily accessible to anyone who has ever bought a book on Amazon for their Kindle or other ebook reader.

Strengths of the book include a carefully planned plot with some nice twists and excellent writing skills (as a self-appointed Grammar Nazi, I have nary a complaint with this one, which can not be said of many self-published novels.) I found myself wanting to continue reading instead of putting the book down for other things.

The novel also builds tension in an often interesting way rather than entirely through action (although there is plenty of action as well). This is encapsulated nicely in my favorite lines from the book:

"Because if she was right - if the ebook simply exploited the emotional power of the written word in a way never seen before - then whatever happened, however this calamity turned out...there was no way that the written word could survive."

I don't know about anybody else, but I am as horrified as Jan at that possibility.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Captivating and well written
Published 1 month ago by Kerie Mainord
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, Strange, Weird....
Don't waste your time. I should have listened to my gut and stopped reading it several pages in. Strangest, wackiest book I've ever read. Read more
Published 4 months ago by BARBARA
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it!
Great book that kept me on the edge of my seat! I couldn't put it down! Steven W. White is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars weird and a bore
too weird for me, and certainly not recommended for children
Published 7 months ago by John F Holland
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange but wonderful
Since I first learned to read I have always had a book close at hand. So what when I read the description of this book, I was hooked. Read more
Published 7 months ago by R. Cox
3.0 out of 5 stars Weird
This book was interesting for a little while but then it kind of drew me away then back in again overall was not a bad book
Published 8 months ago by Casondra Marie King
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't take my kindle away!
I REALLY Enjoyed this book. Started slow then took off.Jan and Adrian are great characters. Where did such an idea come from? Loved it
Published 8 months ago by Donna
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
An ebook about an ebook that can make you afraid of reading ebooks......I like it! Took me a realize the reviews in the book were part of the story..... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Acacia
3.0 out of 5 stars Read No Evil
The whole story line seemed so fragmented. I was disappointed that there wasn't more information at the conclusion. I was just left hanging.
Published 19 months ago by Stacey Thier
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Crap
I really enjoyed this book and all of the twists and turns that were cleverly placed within.

I was also hideously amused by the fact that Steven's book is only available... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Seraphim
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More About the Author

Steven W. White has written science fiction and fantasy since he was a teenager. Along the way, he's been a Christmas tree farmer, a rocket scientist, and a snake handler. Lately, he's earned a Fiction MFA from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts on Whidbey Island, Washington. He writes, teaches, and occasionally plays with fire in the Pacific Northwest.

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