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A fine tale,
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This review is from: Shaman: A novel of the Ice Age (Kindle Edition)
A fine tale of life in Ice Age Europe, evocative writing and good character development, humour, excitement, and adventure. But... raccoons? Blue jays? Muskrats? Hummingbirds etc? Oh dear. I found the poor research very jarring occasionally, so one star off for that.
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Initial post: 9 Dec 2013 18:33:48 GMT
Neal Matheson says:
I liked it very much too but noticed the same wierd mistakes there are some hunting ones too. I began to assume that that they were deliberate, don't think they were though.
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Dec 2013 04:54:15 GMT
H. Ryan says:
I couldn't finish the book so I don't want to leave a full review, but I kept thinking that they had accidentally published the first draft for the kindle version. It was full of repeated words, the author seems to get one stuck in his head and it then appears 5 or 6 times over the next few paragraphs, such as nightmare or downstream. Then there is the shaman's ex explaining to loon the difference between jealousy and envy, because clearly when every day is a fight for survival that kind of thing is important.
Overall I thought that the story itself was coming together well, but I just could not read another word of the dreadful writing.
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2014 16:11:36 GMT
Pamela Thomas says:
It seems to be a common fault with US authors that they don't research the natural world well enough - I remember reading a novel about Stonehenge in which the chief character caught turtles in a nearby river! Yes, I've noticed the animal errors too. Not good enough, Mr. Robinson!
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