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The Family Bones by [Raiser, Kimberly]
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Length: 196 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 544 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Delvling Press; First edition (October 12, 2008)
  • Publication Date: October 12, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001IZZBJ6
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By William Bentrim VINE VOICE on December 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
The Family Bones by Kimberly Raiser

The book started with a mystery and proceeded to become more mysterious. My initial reaction was that it was going to be a "slasher" book, you know, Jason in a hockey mask kind of thing. That is a venue I am not overly thrilled with but I proceeded. Much to my pleasant surprise it wasn't the simplistic psycho running wild plot but much more thoughtful. I admit finding my self a bit uneasy in some of the scenes. The characterizations were good and I enjoyed the mysteriousness of the setting. Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, I could practically picture the locale. The introduction of an alien influence provides a nice twist to the characterizations. An entertaining book to read, my biggest complaint is that it could have been bumped up another hundred pages and maintained my interest. I recommend the book. Look for an interview with the author in January on my blog, Pick of the Literate.[...]
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I'm very eclectic about what I enjoy in reading - anything from Sci-Fi to Jane Austen. I love both Mark Twain and Stephen King and how different are they? I'm not always fussy about books, either, quite often being satisfied at the end if I've been entertained even if I hadn't finished a piece of great literature. But I have to say this is probably one of the worst books I've ever read. The protagonists were not only one dimensional but not even particularly likable or even interesting. Weird new characters seemed to have been introduced at various times into a plot that was already confusing, at best. It was like the author couldn't decide if she wanted to write science fiction, horror, or a mystery and so threw all three in the mix, finishing up with none of the above. By the time it was done, I couldn't have cared less what happened to any of them. Thank goodness the Kindle version was so cheap.
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I didn't believe the bad reviews, and now I wish I had. I'm just lucky the kindle version was so cheap. This is a mediocre story, written terribly. The characters seem to have long conversations with themselves ( not that you can always tell when the are speaking out loud or just thinking, since the writer does not seem to know the difference), and the perspective changes from first person to third person a few chapters in -- for no reason whatsoever. The text is full of typos and misused words, and the formatting is just plain awful. I guess the only positive is that it's relatively short...
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I think the best way to describe this book is 'spooky'. I'm not a squeamish reader, but I had to read this book during the day. I started it early this month, during the afternoon. I'm the type of person who HAS to read in bed before going to sleep. I could not read The Family Bones before going to sleep.

There are some really great elements to The Family Bones: children in danger, disappearing/reappearing tunnels, a well. Not to mention all of the mystery and suspense. It didn't take me long to get swept up in this book.
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Seriously. Pay one dollar, have your very own train wreck. I became fascinated with how truly horrible this book was and could not stop reading, no matter how much my brain demanded that I do so. This was like trying to read someone's acid trip; the writing was awful, the plotline laughable and the one and only good thing I can say about it was that for my dollar, I was able to share in a good laugh when I read parts out loud to others. Especially when one man, to another, said something "suggestively."
Interesting turn of events or bad writing? Alas...more bad writing. *sigh*
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Plot - barely
Characters - not developed
Story telling -- sub-par (the author couldn't even decide if she wanted 1st or 3rd person)
Genre -- Who Knows?

Just an awful read. Don't bother buying! Even if it is only 1.00 -- that is WAY TOO much to pay. I am just left wondering how on earth this was published??
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By Labrynth on February 26, 2012
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I will admit, up front, that I didn't make it past 20%. I think I was at 16% when I stopped reading. And the reasons I stopped were the same that most folks complained about, so I won't rehash them.

Instead, I will offer a few suggestions to the author:

- Find a beta group or writers group. I think if you'd had some critical feedback many of the things that bothered me would have been corrected. We all need cheerleaders in our lives, but when it comes to writing, those who will tell us what doesn't work are usually far more valuable than the cheerleaders.

- Read everything out loud to yourself. If it sounds funny when you hear it, or it doesn't read smoothly, then anyone else who is reading it is going to have the same problem.

- Go back and look at basic sentence structure. I'm not saying it in a catty way, but one of the things that made it hard for me to read was that everything was very short, choppy sentences. Better sentence structure would help with the flow and keep some flaws from being so distracting.

- Don't be afraid to admit when something doesn't work. Figure out how to make it work.

- No one was a perfect writer when they started. Go back to some of the early works of our well known best sellers... they all grew and expanded their craft. Everyone starts somewhere.

Since I didn't finish it, I don't know how well the story held together. But the personal attack on the author are completely uncalled for. And she has responded to many of those with style and grace (Seriously, I about died laughing over the fudge thing). That alone earns her an extra star.
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