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A 5 star book that maybe deserves 4.5
on 29 December 2014
This is five stars because the system won't (so far as I know) allow the 4.5 stars I'd prefer to give. I've found the Marching with Caesar series gripping, well-researched, authoritative, convincing and highly entertaining. Why would I deduct half a star if I could? Regrettably, because of the writing.
All the books so far - and I'm already on volume VIII - have been littered with errors that caused me, as a reader, to stumble, and have even from time to time brought me to the point of wondering if I should not perhaps abandon the series rather than proceed on what is sometimes a very bumpy ride. Principal, among those problems, is word repetition. 'Suddenly', for example, is a word that needs to be used very carefully and really NOT twice in the same sentence. 'Finally' is a good word, but not three times, as I have found it, in the same sentence. And these are not the only examples by a long, long way. To 'return back', as the heroes of these books do time and time again, has the effect for many readers of fingernails scraping a blackboard. To 'return' means 'to go back'. To 'go back back', which 'return back' means, jars every time I read it.
The books deserve better editing, not least because, fundamentally, they are great books. Were they not so great this would have been a four star review at best, and I cannot bring myself to do that.