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1.0 out of 5 stars A Blanket Review for Both 'Books', August 30, 2008
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This review is from: What If?: Alternative Historical Time Lines (Paperback)
This review covers both this wretched volume and its equally wretched companion, What If? - Two.

Now, I understand these were self-published efforts. Really, I understand. But for God's sake, have some pride in your work, man! Aside from the truly laughable timelines presented in these two books, the typos are amazingly awful. There are very few misspelled words; instead there are word substitutions - as an example, the book description on the back cover of the first one has a line that says: 'He has not stretched the imagination, but rather tried to explode alternative outcomes that actually could have happened.'

'Explode'? Surely, you meant 'explore'. And this on the cover of the freakin' thing!

As to the timelines themselves... Ugh. Where do I begin? On second thought, screw it. I'm not gonna get into it. There are six timeline/essays in the first book, five in the second. All eleven of them have the virtue of being really cool ideas, but that's really all they have going for them. The conclusions this guy draws are really something.

There's quite a bit of disturbingly racist overtones; for some reason, this guy seems to feel that every alternate timeline results in blacks being expelled from North America back to Africa. Doesn't matter which timeline, he's just got to throw that in. There are other, more egregious examples, but they frankly sicken me too much to describe.

It says this 'author' has published four previous books. Um... yeah. There's also this amusing blurb after the contents page in the first book:

"A special thanks to Rudolph Carmenaty for his assistance with the proofreading of this book."

Way to go, Rudolph Carmenaty! A bang-up job you did! Bravo!

I wish I could be mad at someone other than myself, but I've only got myself to blame for purchasing these wads-of-TP-disguised-as-books. All the other reviewers (except the author, oops I mean the unbiased reviewer, who gave it five stars) tried to warn me, but did I listen? Nooooooo.

In short, avoid at all costs.
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Initial post: Sep 6, 2008 1:58:07 PM PDT
Paul Weiss says:
Ouch ... harsh review! But sounds like the panning is well-deserved. Nice review, JR. We'll be staying away from this one (even if you didn't! LOL)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 16, 2008 12:35:21 AM PDT
J. R Weaver says:
Believe me, if I could've given zero stars, I would have. I've never read such a horrible combination of bad grammar, racist twaddle, confused and rambling timeline construction, and pure unadulterated stupidity in my life.

Posted on Sep 16, 2008 10:54:49 AM PDT
- Kasia S. says:
Lol, loved your review, perhaps this will teach people how NOT to write !
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