- File Size: 1961 KB
- Print Length: 217 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Gemini House Publishing (May 9, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 9, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0711KPYWM
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Joseph has done a fine job crafting a believable and tantalizing story. There is both humour and pathos, particularly as the reader is able to identify him/herself in one or more of the characters. And the overweening sense of threat is a palpable reminder of what so many of us have experienced.
However, all of that is not enough to override the very clear—and clearly annoying—fact that this writer has zero concept of how commas work. Or semicolons, for that matter. Many times per page the reader is forced to carefully parse a long string of phrases, all improperly linked with commas, to try to determine what the author is trying to get across. In fact, had the story not been interesting from the first page, I would have tossed this novel to the side before the end of the first chapter out of sheer frustration. But I forced myself to battle through the horrors of grade school punctuation just so I could find out how the story finished. For this, the author owes me an apology...and the guarantee he'll learn how commas are to be used. And when. And where. A course in em dashes wouldn't be amiss either.
One more small note for the author: You need to do your rewriting and editing more carefully. There are far too many words missing from sentences. There are also too many homophonic errors (e.g. Passed where the word past should be used). Good luck on your next endeavour. I look forward to seeing where you go next as a writer. And whether you follow my sincere and heartfelt advice.