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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, April 25, 2011
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This is a monster of a book, 13k locations on the Kindle. The story is not bad, but the book itself suffers from a serious lack of proofreading and editing. With some good editing, it could drop to below 10k locations without losing too much of the storyline. There are some pretty bad gaffes in the writing, for instance "They found Tolbert outside on his hands and needs coughing".

The formatting is Ok, except for the indents, which have a mind of their own. Also, the italics sometimes don't get switched off and run on for pages.

As for the story, there are some cool monsters and the heroes beat them most of the time, but I didn't like the way the author handled the romance. The ending was a bit flat, but that was probably for the lead up to the follow on book. I will definitely buy it, but I doubt whether I'll read it in one go if the editing and formatting are the same as this one.

I would have rated this 4* if the formatting/editing was better.
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Initial post: Dec 19, 2011 10:03:49 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2011 10:02:08 PM PST
Bigal-sa says:
I'm sorry, I disagree with you - there is *no* excuse for a lack of proofreading and bad grammar.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2011 11:01:28 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2011 11:37:59 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 19, 2011 11:39:42 PM PST
Bigal-sa says:
erm, that's where you're wrong. I have done it. I've actually proofread two books and at least twelve doctoral theses (and thousands of scientific articles)...

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2011 11:49:25 PM PST
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Posted on Dec 29, 2011 11:09:45 PM PST
Gary Denton says:
BigAl-SA should negotiate his services to clean up this novel, and other, poorly copy proofed and edited eBooks.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2012 8:13:26 PM PST
Why get so worked up about this? It's just one guy's opinion, and if he feels as though the errors detracted from his enjoyment, why even argue that? If you enjoyed it as is, great. I thought Big Al gave a fair, honest assessment. It wasn't as though he trashed the novel.

Personally, I can forgive a few typos (I make a ton myself because I stink at typing). They can, however, reach a point of distraction, and letting too many through indicates a degree of laziness (or, at least, a lack of editing-savvy friends).

And really, one need not be the next Faulkner to be justified in pointing these things out. I mean, I don't need to be Spielberg to determine that Jack and Jill is a terrible movie. Shoot, I don't even need to see it to arrive at that conclusion...
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