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Return to sender
on April 2, 2013
I wasn't going to write a review for this book, but then Amazon contacted me and wanted to know what rating I would give it, and, after reading the other 4/5 star reviews (curiosity), I felt compelled to tell my story.
I read the first 3 chapters and returned the book for a refund. (nice that Amazon is so good about that) I should have gotten the preview and looked at that. If I had, I wouldn't have ordered the book. (I'm guessing this happens a lot -- the author must be losing a lot of sales -- I hope Amazon reports stats like that, because it would be a "clue" to the author) So I suggest others get the preview first to make sure you are okay with it.
I found a very obvious typo on the first page in the first few paragraphs. That was a red flag. As I read on, I found so many gramma-syntac-tical errors that I just couldn't continue. (including spelling, double-wording (e.g. "to to"), seemingly random, excessive, unnecessary, and incorrect comma usage, etc. -- MANY errors per chapter)
I suppose if errors like that don't bother you, I would guess because you don't notice them, then you could probably enjoy the book. (I'll put up with the occasional error, maybe even one per chapter, which is WAY too many, but beyond that it's too much, and starts getting very irritating, so I can't enjoy the book, and I just don't want to continue reading)
The writing style is also kind of "off". It's hard to describe. But I only read 3 chapters, so...
I gave it two stars instead of one, because it does sound like a good idea for a story, and from what little I read, it seemed to be heading in that direction. I wish I could have kept it and read it. I suggested to the author that he find someone to edit the book. If he does that, I would probably re-purchase.