- File Size: 431 KB
- Print Length: 202 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: N&L Publishing (September 9, 2011)
- Publication Date: September 9, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005ME8QBY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,036,605 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Red Scorpion Kindle Edition
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Style: The writing style is highly expository, which is not my favorite style in novels. I much prefer novels that convey most of the information via dialogue. If I knew nothing of other novels, I might think that the expository style was a flaw, but there are many best-seller novelists who use this style, so obviously many people like it just fine. When I begin reading novels with this style, I usually find it hard to get into it, and I'm prone to abandoning them, even if they're classics of English literature. But while the style didn't hook me, the story itself did. It kept pulling me to read the next page, and the next, with the result that when I had finished the book, I was highly satisfied with the use of my time. I was entertained, as opposed to amused, because it prompted me to think, and to imagine, and it presented more than a few interesting facts.
Errata: I noticed a few typo's and a few grammatical flaws that should have been caught by a professional editor, but having edited a book, I can tell you it is astonishingly difficult to eliminate every error. Every time I proofread the book I edited, I found and corrected new errors, and was confident that I must have gotten the last of them, but when I went through it again, there were always more! At some point, it seems necessary to reluctantly declare it free of most errors and publish it, otherwise no one but the author and editor would ever see it. After a few dozen pages, I stopped noticing the errors... either there were no more, or there were fewer of them, or I was just too caught up in the story to notice. In later pages, there were a few eBook conversion errors, such as extra blank pages, but that may have been due to my particular reader, which is the free Kindle reader app on my Windows Phone 7. Every reader application has unique code, so mine may have flaws that others don't.
Structure: [SPOILER ALERT] Since it's an eBook novel (without a table of contents), you can't fan through the pages, so I simply started at the beginning and read all the way through. It begins with a page titled "BOOK ONE", which implies there will be at least one other book, but I didn't know if that meant a sequel or what. There were numerous short chapters, and book one ended about 25% of the way through The Red Scorpion. I began reading BOOK TWO, and it seemed to have nothing to do with book one, so I surmised this was a collection of short stories. At this point, I figured book one was a decent little short story, and started getting into the new story, with an idea that book two might later tie into book one. I kept reading and reading, and was fully engaged in story #2, and it had gone long enough that it seemed pretty clear that it wasn't going to tie in to book one. Quite a way into book two, it did indeed tie back to book one, and by this time, it was a delightful discovery, and the tie-in felt completely natural to the tale. That felt a reward for having read that far! The entire work was well-paced and I enjoyed the ending as much as the rest, but then felt that familiar bittersweet realization that I had nothing left to read. Another surprise: After the story is a section where Ed describes how he developed the story, which was a welcome touch.
Conclusion: I hope Ed will grace us with another story as good as this one!