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3.0 out of 5 stars Book - 5 Stars. Digital Copy - 0 Stars, January 28, 2009
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This review is from: Wizard of the Crow (Kindle Edition)
I enjoyed this book when it was first published. A brilliant satire not only of African politics but of politics and power in general. Throw in consistently astute observations concerning religion, human nature and superstition and you had the making of an instant classic in 2006. I have not enjoyed a book in this vein so much since A Confederacy of Dunces.

That's the good. Now the bad. Worst formatting I have seen on the Kindle. There are three main spelling problems. The Country Aburiria is misspelled 90% of the time (Aburlria). One of the main characters - Kamiti - is misspelled 100% of the time (Kamltl). Before thinking that the problem only lies with a lower case 'i' being picked up as a lower case 'l', keep in mind that several times the country is properly spelled and other more complicated names are always spelled correctly. Ruler is spelled as Buler about 20% of the time, a lot considering the dictator in question does not have a proper name and is constantly referred to as The Ruler. Then there's the annoying habit of ending the occasional paragraph with a free-standing 'r' instead of a period.

I literally stopped counting errors at 100 and had yet to make it through 1/10 of the book. What a shame because the book in hardcover was a most enjoyable read. I simply wanted to point out the problems before you download. I guess the best recommendation I can give to Wizard of the Crow is that even with the overwhelming number of errors, it's still worthy of a buy. That's how much I loved this book. I hope the publisher takes the time to correct the Kindle errors. This modern masterpiece deserves better.
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Initial post: Jun 5, 2010, 11:56:12 PM PDT
S. Hawkins says:
Agreed. I had the same problem on the nook. Amazing book - terrible transfer to ebook format.

Posted on Jul 7, 2010, 9:42:39 PM PDT
Thank you for the information on the Kindle version. In this case, I'll just buy the hard copy. The other benefit is always that I can share the book with friends.
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