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Not the best in the series and spoiled by terrible Kindle formatting,
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This review is from: Hollywood Hills (Kindle Edition)
Hollywood Hills is the fourth in the Hollywood Station series and follows the formula of the others - that is to say one or two main story lines punctuated by what are clearly anecdotes from LAPD officers, of whom JW was once one himself. These are easy page turners and some of the anecdotes are extraordinary and very funny too. For me the formula was beginning to run dry by this fourth book but it is amusing and interesting enough.
Or would be if the Kindle variant was readable. As with one or two other Kindle variants I have tried to read recently, the formatting is an absolute disgrace. Regions within chapters are concatenated and, in this particular book, words are sometimes bifurcated to begin new sentences. It is very hard to read. Not as bad as some, to be sure, the worst culprit in my experience being one of Iain Banks' Kindle conversions, but bad enough to be mightily irritating. This is not, regrettably, uncommon for Kindle books. After finishing this one I turned to the Crimson Petal and the White, which I wished to re-read, having read the book when it came out in 2002. This suffers from the same problem, whereby scene changes within paragraphs are not separated, although at least it is possible to go with the flow. Nevertheless, on returning from holiday I have canned the Kindle in favour of the hard copy to finish the book.
Now I think this is a big problem for Amazon because if the company wishes people to move from hard to electronic copy it really must sort this out. This is emphatically not a new issue and whether the problem lies with the publisher or with Amazon is immaterial to me because I shall simply stop buying kindle books unless they get it right between them very soon. Right now, the only attraction for me of the Kindle is convenience, particularly when travelling, but even this may be foregone if they continue to irritate me with formatted tracts which would disgrace a first writers' draft for publication.