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Tin Hero: The Ogre, Witch & Moron Paperback – July 12, 2011
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Here's the problem, and it may not be the author's fault but an artifact of digital publishing. It's unreadable. The first or second *sentence*, there was a typo. "Lead" for "led." That put me off immediately, but I wanted to give it a fair shake. There were sentences five lines long that desperately needed commas. I'd have to read them over to parse what went where. I'm by no means a professional writer or reader, but I do read a lot and I am just astonished at how much copy-editing needs to be done on this book.
I only have so many years of reading ahead of me, and I just can't spend any portion of them crawling through this woefully underpunctuated and error-ridden text. Sorry, Ms. Zbasnik, but this just should not have been published in this unfinished form.
I really enjoyed the story though and am glad that I stuck with it, the story is loaded with snark and I would love to see more stories from Sabrina. I found this book from following the author on twitter, just based on something that was retweeted by someone else that I was following.
And then, when we finally think we've gotten to know the personality of the story (and its teller)-- when it's too late to look at our watch, exclaim over the lateness of the hour and claim we have to get up early tomorrow for our cousin's Bar Mitzvah-- we discover its hidden face. And that is the face of an old soul, a seer who knows how bad it really is, yet how good it can be, and that, while this world may beat us to death in the end, the punishment is worth the reward. Ultimately, this book is not in the tradition of "Discworld" or "Hitchhiker's Guide," but more in the tradition of "Great Expectations" or "The Yearling." In other words, you'll laugh, you'll cry-- it's what Squiggy would call "dramistic."
The other reviewer mentioned technical errors or lack of editing, but that doesn't bother me a bit. I'm a great lover of independent creators and that's just part of the experience as far as I'm concerned. I'd rather go to my local theater and put up with the occasional prop malfunction than sit in the balcony seats of an inhumanly perfect Broadway extravaganza; I'd rather sit and listen to the guitarist in the cafe down the street and risk the bad acoustics and broken strings than sit in a million-man arena and listen to sonic booms; and I'd rather read a tale with a few typos that was told for the sake of the telling than a product calculated to sell to the widest demographic.
Needless to say, this book is recommended.