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If only it were proof-read
on 24 August 2012
I have now read all three seasons of Yesterday's gone.
I have found myself in a somewhat love/hate relationship with the work. Firstly the positives: There is no doubt that the authors are not lacking in imagination. For the most part there is excellent character building reminiscent of Stephen King. The plots are tightly woven albeit with the typical sidetracking used to pad out most longer novels. This isnt a bad thing as non stop action bores me and is better suited to television. In a novel I want to delve into the psyche of each individual and this works well.
Unfortunately I concur with the reviewer who expressed that it falls short of the post apocalyptic masterpieces The Stand and Swan Song, both of which i have read. I cant put my finger on why but the series lacks an epic feel for me. The world just seems small with a "soap opera" feel.
The unforgivable for me (and what prevents four stars) is the horrendous amount of typos, missed words, wrong words, wrong names even. Whilst I am well aware that this is common in self published work, it should not be prevalent in FULL PRICE published work. This sadly interrupts the escapism destroying the ability to totally lose yourself in the created world. The authors plan on releasing their many series at one episode a week. At an average of 60 pages this equates to 3000 pages a year... little wonder that they dont have the time to proof read and polish their work! Sorry guys but quality should take precedence over quantity. The talent is there and i feel it is poor to churn out season after season without correcting the myriad errors in the already published work.
Nevertheless I was clearly hooked and so purchased three seasons. I hope the authors take my constructive criticism as intended. I have written this review because I DO CARE and would love to have the confidence to read more of their work, but for now I will stick with just Yesterday's Gone as I admittedly begrudge parting with more cash for their other series unless the errors decrease - however good the stories are - and this somewhat saddens me.