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Leaning Paperback – July 7, 2011
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Pre-order today
About the Author
J. W. Swartz is a native Montanan, born and raised in Whitefish, Montana. She attended the University of Montana where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing in 1992. She lives with her husband and two children, two dogs, and five horses in the outlying Missoula area sneaking writing somewhere between work and play. Visit www.jwswartz.com for more information.
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My biggest complaint about this book is not with the storyline but with the transitioning from the various characters and their interactions, it is just plain sloppy and choppy causing a lot of reading to figure out who's doing what, who's saying what, etc. This book could really shine with the help of a professional editor who wouldn't spare the red ink. A little more character development of the antagonist would have added much needed depth to the storyline as well.
Overall, for a first effort, not bad. Hopefully, the author will takes some of the criticism to heart and know the difference between constructive criticism and just someone being overly critical.
I had no problems with misspelled words or formatting! Yay!!!
Definitely worth a "look-see!"
I have a few complaints about the editing and I felt the ending left too many serious questions about Maggie and Sammy's relationship unanswered (such as where they were going to live, what was the next step they were taking their relationship to, etc.)
But by far the worst fault of the book was that Maggie should have had rape counseling ASAP (many hospitals require a counselor to be present during the rape kit test and even if not required, she should have been in some or several types of counseling before she ever left the hospital!! If there's no counseling available nearby, there are books and sources all over the Internet!! Secondly, Sammy should have been in counseling either with Maggie or alone again ASAP!!! Detective Morris telling Maggie not to pursue a romantic relationship with Sammy was #1 outrageous and #2 totally unnecessary but Maggie needed Sammy in her life at that time to continue to see her as beautiful and lovable to save her mental health and any professional counselor (which I was for a long time!!!) would have told Detective Morris that! Rape is a terrible problem on college campuses and I suggest you do some research on rape counseling on campus and if you ever decide to do a rewrite, get Maggie and Sammy some help and give them a fighting chance!
Even so, I still recommend this book because I liked the characters (except the bad guy of course!) so very much!!
The book was an absolute page turner. From the quircky characters, to the romance, to the mystery, I enjoyed every minute and had a hard time putting it down.
I highly recommend this book for a good read....either on a warm summer day under a tree, or snuggled up next to a fireplace in the winter!
You will love it!
Can't wait for the sequel!