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review 2017-03-21 02:49
Ink and Shadows (Ink and Shadows #1) by Rhys Ford
Ink and Shadows - Rhys Ford

UPDATE:
While reading the length of this book, one star. <----- That pretty much sums up the state of editing in this book. Hence the rating.

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I was sooooo looking froward to this book! This is pre-Kai Gracen universe, I was told. But the moment I dug in.... *sigh* I expected horror elements, of course, but not like this :/

This is a horror, alright. This. Is. Frigging terrible. Who "edited" this book? They really need to be fired. Like 3 years ago. Before this mess came out :/

Warning: Misplaced modifiers, POV ping-pong, adjectives (ab)used as nouns.

I lost the story behind this terror! :/ Sure, horror was never my poison, but it's on me, not the author. I still love Kai Gracen, but he certainly received much more attention from people who somewhat know how to apply English grammar to a written text. It wasn't perfect, but it was readable. Lack of editing in its entirety, however, I cannot forgive. Not where it comes to a published book. Not when that book costs you 7 bucks :/

I am beyond disappointed and this.... this close to DNF.


66% After acquiring a massive headache that not even sake can heal, I am DNF-ing. My brains says No. More!

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review 2017-03-14 14:46
DNF@ 11%
The Underground Railroad: A Novel - Colson Whitehead

I'm just not feeling this one. I've been struggling getting into it, but the disjointed sentence structure and lack of any connection to the characters doesn't help. And apparently Whitehead decided to make the Underground Railroad an actual railroad that exists underground. Um...what?

 

These reviews explain my feelings on this book pretty well:

 

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1709610537?book_show_action=true&from_review_page=1

 

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1696038487?book_show_action=true&from_review_page=1

 

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review 2017-03-12 17:31
Armed & Dangerous
Armed and Dangerous: Four Dangerous Ground Novellas, Volume 1 - Josh Lanyon,Adrian Bisson

I HAVE AN EPIC MOVIE VOICEOVER VOICE AND THIS IS HOW I'M GOING TO READ THIS STORY TO YOU: EPICALLY AND WITH EXAGGERATED PRO-NUN-CI-A-TION. BECAUSE THIS IS AN ACTION STORY AND THAT'S HOW IT SHOULD BE READ.

 

Yeah, I bailed halfway through the first chapter. I did try to skip a few chapters and see if it improved and it did not. Sorry, I just could not take it.

 

I love this series, but this narrator is awful.

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text 2017-03-12 08:06
DNF after 35%
Flare - Jonathan Maas

I won't rate, because it could have been just my mood here.

 

The writing was good, the world-building, well, original, I think.

At least in the beginning. Then I started to have doubts. Which happens when there is so much science involved, but the explanations seem to become more and more fiction...

 

I give you an example: The temperature is so hot that humans immediately get cooked when being outside in sunlight. They dry up like mummies , they die in minutes or seconds. So, my problem with this: it is absolutely dry outside, no rain - this world would have burnt. One piece of reflective glas is enough to cause disastrous forest fires. But in this world somehow nothing burns?

That is more than hard to believe.

 

Also what I strongly disliked and that might be true to the current status of the world (Trump, alternative facts etc.):

One of the characters, Calum, is a kind of preacher and he tries to sell the "bible is a book of truths, not of facts" bullshit. When you start to construe "truths" into something that is factually wrong and highly circumstancial to a historic time and the ensuing culture of three thousand years past, I am out. I am fine with trying to find the underlying meaning of the new testament, trying to understand what Jesus meant. Trying to find the universal love and acceptance and forgiving that I want to find, to be fully honest.

 

So, yes, maybe just semantics. But it rubs me the wrong way. Facts are facts. And the truth is not an easy thing to discern. But we should NEVER ignore facts on our way to truth. And one fact is the cultural and historic circumstances of the original texts as well as the texts themselvers.

 

Sorry, just had too much social media toady, and my heart hurts for all the people who might lose their health care, get deported, banned, discriminated against or whatever else ...

 

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text 2017-03-12 07:55
DNF at 20%
What It Looks Like - Matthew J. Metzger

I won't rate, because the writing and the characters were good, but I still didn't want to go on reading.

 

It was too heavy on the BDSM side for me - not something I like anyway. And it was a bit sex-heavy. Also it didn't have a "romance" as the couple was already established, which made it miss my favourite part.

 

I also didn't enjoy the repetitve drama scenes with the family - a bit too much.

 

So this might have been one of those "It was me, not you".

 

 

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