First of all, I was gifted this book by the author, but not even in exchange for a review. She didn't ask anything of me, and I never promised anything, much less a positive review. But, yes, full disclosure: I know her and am friendly with her on BL.
This took me a while to read for, well, one reason: I had known what would happen at the end, and was dreading finishing for being spoiled. I was right, it was pretty heartbreaking for me, but it was because I had come to care for one particular character. Which is impressive: it was a robot that didn't talk, and didn't have a strong personality, but I still really liked it as the story went along.
There was a lot to like about this book. The humans did have strong personalities, the humor was quirky, the action barreled along quickly, and the way the robot was built seemed pretty well grounded in reality.
That being said, there were a couple minor issue I noticed popped up multiple times, although I also know that one might be cultural differences here. There were times when the punctuation seemed odd, but it was also consistent. (It drives me crazy when it's not consistent, and I've come to assume consistent may mean differences depending on where one lives.) If this is a deal breaker for people, though, I figure I'd warn them.
There were a couple occasions where the grammar was funky enough - missing apostrophes, for example - that I believed it simply needed one more quick going through . This is one of the rare cases where it was obviously edited, and so it didn't bug me enough to really knock down stars, but I did knock down one half a star. The thing that clinched it for me was on pages 106 and 107: Hawkeye shoots and then there's a mention of Duds.
"The robot knew the precise location of Duds the moment he fired, so it simply turned to face the church, opened its rocket rack and fired at Hawkeye."
This was the only moment something this large was overlooked, however. It's rare that I get into a story or care enough about characters to not let this irk me more, but I've also been told I'm overzealous in my grammar fixes and noticing such inconsistencies by some people. One more quick go-through would have elevated this up to four and a half-stars.
That one last half star? That, my friends, is a losing battle. It had to happen this way, it had to end this way, but there were so, so many tears. Sometimes it just has to happen that way, but it really bummed me out.
"While Jefferson and Hawkeye were still locked eye to eye, via the bulge of Hakweye's manhood..."
Is it just me, or does this sound dirty?
Also, ugh, I wanted to finish so much more of this, but my head hurts, and nothing is helping. It's not a migraine, just a minor ache, but I may try to sleep it off.
Sorry, I keep forgetting to point out that TBR Thursdays was started by Moonlight Reader. Thanks for the reminders, others, and I fixed it now!
I want to point out that I got the Civil War photography book - which looks gorgeous - for two dollars instead of thirty five, I believe, and A Kingdom Far and Clear for two dollars instead of forty.
I'm gonna talk about these books:
Color Your Own Ultron. I broke down and bought a second copy, one to keep pristine - these books are incredibly gorgeous just in black and white! - and one to color. I've started on the one to color, and it is so much fun!
Check Mate I got sent to me signed. Michelle is just an absolute sweetheart that way, because I didn't win her contest, so she offered me the book I most wanted anyway, signed. (And signed to my real name, so that's awesome. I came clean to someone at the store who asked how to pronounce my name, and she was cool with it, so yay!)
Pop Sonnets I won, but have yet to start. I'll hopefully have that started later tonight.
Civil War I bought to try and get over my whole 'war, can't do it' thing. I know the Civil War was particularly nasty, but I got this for a couple reasons: if I can't do, it was only two bucks. And thirteen cents with tax. The photography is gorgeous, it's reenactments, so that might lighten the blow for me. But also, photography. Maybe an artistic angle will help, too.
Kingdom Far and Wide was just too gorgeous to pass up for two bucks. And thirteen cents.
I'm only going to do paperback books. It's shameful how many digital graphic novels I got. Really.