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"The Paper Magician" by Charlie N. Holmberg
From the imaginative mind of debut author Charlie N. Holmberg, The Paper Magician is an extraordinary adventure both dark and whimsical that will delight readers of all ages. | Learn more
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"...a fascinating read, attention grabber and a real page turner. The plot is masterful, packed full of action, twists and turns that you just don't see coming, and highly captivating." - Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite, March 9, 2016
From the Author
- Publisher : Back Porch Writer Press; 1st edition (October 8, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 223 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0991475690
- ISBN-13 : 978-0991475698
- Item Weight : 9.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.51 x 8.5 inches
Best Sellers Rank:
#2,489,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #2,191 in Black & African American Mystery, Thriller and Suspense
- #13,609 in Private Investigator Mysteries (Books)
- #31,968 in Literature
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Due to the explosion of self published, low cost ebooks my reading has moved in two directions.
1. I now look for new authors as much as those I already trust.
2. I have broken the habit of finishing every book I start.
I stopped reading this book on the first page. Yes, the first page. It set a record for me as the earliest I've given up on a new author.
Why the strong negative response? The opening lines are choppy with no flow, They sound the same - blat, blaaat, blat, blat, blat. Everything is written in the passive voice. For example the first five sentences all start with "was" My nose was..., It was .... , My down comforter was .... , I was ..., It was ... Those are the real sentence starters of the FIRST sentences of the FIRST paragraph of the FIRST chapter where the reader is supposed to be completely caught up.
The second line is a simile which is constructed in a way that I didn't recognize it as a simile and thought it was an actual description which was at odds with the rest of the setting. I didn't understand what it was until discussing this book with my spouse did it come clear what it was. Who wants to work that hard in the opening paragraph of a book?
After reading the first page I thought of the old adage, "If you can't be a good example, then be a horrible warning." I would use this opening page as a horrible warning to new authors of what not to do.
Why two stars when the writing deserves only one? The second star is on the potential of a great story which I didn't get to. The other reviewers before me pointed out how much they enjoyed the story - I just couldn't get there.
Ms. Miller, I am sorry for this strongly worded negative review of your first book. I applaud your hard work in creating your first book, and your courage in making it public. However, at this early stage of your career as an author, I urge you to spend as much time learning the craft of writing as you do in actual writing. It must seem like an overwhelming task, but the quality of your work will reflect every effort you make in learning how to write better. If my review here, angers you, or hurts your feelings, that is not my intent. My intent is to warn other readers of a poorly written book. An additional outcome is strong feedback to you the author. Like most avid readers, I make judgments on the author's writing as well as the individual book. This book has cost you a fan.
Dez is a private detective and agrees to take on a cold case, while during this cold case a finger shows up on her doorstep, an old flame pops in, a friend goes missing, someone is run off the road, and someone is murdered. Lots going on in this book! I will read the next because I want to see what she finds out on her sisters murder.
- I think the reason this book started so slow for me was it felt like a dry reading from a police report. It was matter of fact, nothing grabbed me until later. I'm glad I kept going. An action scene might have been better start. :-)
**I want to extend my sincere apologizes to Kori (the Author). I was given this book in exchange for an Honest review over a year ago and the bottom fell out at work. It zapped my energy. Reading was not enough to relax me and keep my mind off of things (nothing to do with this book). I do make good on my word, and I finished this book to give my honest opinion. Thank you Kori! I look forward to the next in the series.