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- Print Length: 552 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: June 16, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01H7J5Z38
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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This book is actually a collection of excerpts or short prequels, followed by ads for the (not free) books, and therefore most are "open-ended" or inconclusive. That being said, they are okay stories. There is some completely unnecessary and ineffective use of the "F" word, usually one time near the beginning - perhaps authors think this grabs attention immediately? Yes, but not in a good way for me. I find it to be a weak way of writing, especially when it sets a tone the author (thankfully) doesn't continue.
Perhaps if you are already into these author's series then reading prologues will be entertaining in its own right. Or, if you're deliberately looking for a series to get into, perhaps these prologues will help you choose one. But as short stories in their own right, most of these are failures.
I'm hopeful I'll enjoy each of the stories this much.
Definitely recommended as an addition to your reading pile. It's easy to read a story, move on to something else and come back later.
Troublesome is a general ignorance of the difference between the past tense and a past participle (shrank not shrunk, sank not sunk). Add the lack of understanding of “to lay” and “to lie” (transitive versus intransitive) and the grammatical naïveté becomes clearer. Other irritations abound.
Even more annoying are the spelling errors which are not typos. People fasten their hands with grips like sin (vice) rather than a tool (vise). “Affect” and “effect” seem interchangeable in both noun and verb forms.
Pronoun case (objective versus subjective) seems arcane knowledge for several writers, who produce, for example, “for he and I” instead of “for him and me.”
And punctuation rules are apparently mysterious, particularly comma usage (e.g., an embedded appositive phrase must be bound by commas; the name of a person being addressed in a direct quote must be set off by a comma). Quotation marks, hyphenation, colons, semicolons, em dashes versus hyphens, etc., are often used erroneously.
And all those dangling participial phrases…oy.
All these glitches disrupt the reader experience by preventing continued immersion in the story being told. Most of the stories in this anthology are compelling, yet marred by technical faults as small as one letter that changes word meaning or a missing comma.
Future respect and responsibility to the reader will, I hope, be more manifest.
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