A funny thing happened on the way to the forum...
Tu & The Collectors
Nice cover illustration, but then two pages of table of contents. Personal preference, but I have come to prefer not having the author do this. Especially when some (a lot) of the "chapters" are only a few pages in length. So I just skipped over this.
First indication of problems to come, though: A "preface" that asks the reader to "consider" a quote by Carl Sagan... and then proceeds to mangle the first sentence of the quote into weird, ungrammatical chunks. Before telling us again at the end that it's by Carl Sagan.
OK... onward. The first paragraph of the main text is in present tense. The rest is in past. Why? Also, the author has decided not to indent the beginning of each paragraph and instead skips a line between them. The thing with adding the name of the speaker before dialog, almost script-style, has already been mentioned in another thread (where the author flogged this thing, in ignorance or defiance of Amazon's policies):
Clive - "Hey, Michael, good to see ya. [...]"
So maybe this non-indented/line-skipping thing is another conscious attempt at a script/standard-text hybrid. Or an artifact of text to/from HTML conversion? Hard to tell. Harder to care.
Ub (ub?)... it's just... bad. And not even in the funny way that makes it amusing to pick apart. The author requested that I buy the book for the privilege of then writing a "nasty review" of it. I'll save myself both the money and the time and just do this.
Amazon provides the Look Inside! feature and free Kindle samples for a reason: so that customers can avoid dreck like this. But as always, don't take my word for it; go ye and see for yourselves!
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