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This review is from: Broken Homes (PC Peter Grant Book 4) (Kindle Edition)
Why almost? Because Arranovitch seems to have dropped one ball of the many he is juggling in this book. The first half was disconnected and didn't seem to flow like the previous 3 novels. It wasn't until the second half when we get to briefly see Nightingale in full flow that the pace picks up, the links start to be connected and we get more information.
We meet a new individual who could be help or hindrance, and maybe, just maybe, of interest to one of our characters. And the ending wasn't one i saw coming, though thinking back on it i really should have. But as others have said this didn't fully tie up all the plot lines in this novel as others have done, but left a wide gaping maw of a follow on for the next story.
So why the 4 stars instead of 5? EDITING!!!! Seriously, get a couple of decent proof readers to deal with the continuity errors and all the flipping typos!!!!
Other than that this is still an amazing book as all the Rivers novels are. For me they are up there with the Discworld series and that of the Emporers Edge.
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Initial post: 23 Aug 2013 17:14:38 BDT
The comment about poor proofreading and editing really struck a chord - far too many books (particularly in the fantasy genre) at the moment seem to be littered with enough misprints and spelling errors to impact adversely on the reader's experience. I don't know if it's the competition with e-books, rushing to get things published, but it's really not acceptable, especially not from reputable publishing labels like Orion. At one point in Broken Homes, they actually mix up the first name of the narrator with a totally different character - absolutely not on for this not to have been spotted before publication.
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Aug 2013 19:19:24 BDT
Hear! Hear! I think I am reading Broken Holmes. And in eBook version, which with modern publishing techniques should be exactly the same. Admittedly it is worse for old manuscripts that are converted via OCR software [by a certain SF portal especially] and posted unread. I believe we should be entitled to updated files or new printed copies of some editions. Or even pay less for the edition and report back to the publisher so they can update the edition.
As for this book - can anyone tell me if the Volvo driver was killed or not?
Posted on 12 Sep 2013 14:57:18 BDT
I agree about the proof reading on the eBook! Although it did not dampen my enjoyment of the book too much. I love all the characters and Nightingale really showed what he can do in this. Not my favourite of the four but I will be ordering the next one!!
Does anyone have any recommendations for future reads similar to this series as I am struggling to find a good book after reading this one.
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2013 23:18:23 GMT
D. Harris says:
Have you tried Paul Cornell's "London Falling"?
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2013 19:06:17 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2013 19:19:33 GMT
Your post came to me in an email as "Have you tried Paul Cornell's & quot ; London Falling & quot ;?" [spaces are mine] - what does " show here in my post? Perhaps we are just in the grip of maniacal spellcheckers using crabby auto word systems and Broken Homes contained no errors whatsoever.
Anyway is your post a diversion from the theme of the comments - proof reading & typographical errors - or challenge for people who like to struggle through unproofread books or even a recommendation of something good, typo-free in a similar genre?
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2013 21:41:36 GMT
D. Harris says:
I think that comments do get mangled when forwarded by email from here.
I was recommending the book - London Falling is in a similar vein (supernatural police investigations in London) and, in my view, excellent. As far as I can recall it is typo free!
In reply to an earlier post on 31 Dec 2013 07:55:24 GMT
Yes. Or as they say on HTML message boards " yes " and the such like. The Hyper Text Mangle Layer has settings for translating quotation marks as names and also as numbers and other such arcanery which depend heavily on everyone using the same translator.
Thanks for the recommendation. I will try Paul Cornell's London Falling.
Posted on 12 May 2014 09:13:55 BDT
R A Evans says:
Maybe Amazon should proof read reviews, too!
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