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3:53 a.m.: Book 1 by [Columbus, Nocomus]
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3.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 222 KB
  • Print Length: 47 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C3341BG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,952,504 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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...there are formatting issues that need to be resolved. Perhaps the author was trying for an avant-garde approach, but I feel that trailering different characters' quotes end to end without paragraph indents seriously harms the read. You end up with huge blocks of text and your perception of POV (Point Of View) can easily get confused. In short, it makes reading this story a challenge, and that is a shame. This could easily have been a 4 Star review, and even a 5 with a few editing fixes as well.
.... This is a dark, chilling, and disturbing read that leaves you thinking. It has an edgy story line that I won't reveal here (unlike one of the other reviewers who gives altogether too much away). Fair warning; It goes places that some readers might find distasteful, but there is a REASON for that. Given the nature of short stories, you don't usually find character interactions this involved, but it pays off at the end. What you have here is the raw version of just the kind of writing that wins critical acclaim from serious literati. I think a few fixes in format and editing could make 3:53 a.m. a story that people remember and talk about. I hope the author makes those fixes, this story deserves them. Believe me, I don't normally read this kind of tale, I'm a Science Fiction fan and an action/adventure junkie. I originally came to review the cover and ended up reading in fascination. This author has something; a future in writing.

P.S. The cover is a perfect introduction to this story. I wouldn't change IT at all.
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Hmm...a little weird, a bit `out there'. I didn't get it, I'm afraid. Upon finishing, I felt I needed to reread it in order to try to understand, and therein, I think, lies the problem. A reread for me would be to revisit some thought-provoking elements, not as a necessity to comprehend.

The story starts with a shocking murder, and the ensuing chapters flip back to the events leading up to it: four friends, secrets, betrayal, distrust, revenge and lies...all of which also contribute to a somewhat unexpected ending.

This short story does need a pass through a good editor, but whether or not the quality of the editing was what clouded my perception, I'm just not sure. The plot line is good, strong, but it may have been too big for its word count, and...I don't know whether this is intentional or not...I felt nothing at all for any of the characters. I'm going to give the benefit of the doubt to the author and say that perhaps he's just too clever for me. He certainly has a unique style.

The simplicity of the cover embodies the `less is more' concept and certainly arouses curiosity, which I believe is satisfied by a `challenging' short story.
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This is a twisted little tale of revenge and unrequited love.

It's a short read -- I polished it off in an hour -- and best read in one sitting for best effect.

The story and writing deserve 5 stars but I had to penalize it one because of some editing and formatting issues. The story really needs paragaph breaks between dialogue instead of large blocks of text which hamper reading somewhat. Some proofreading is also in order.

Still, the book was FREE and was a good, entertaining read. Dark and gritty. I liked the author's handling of the story and it had some surprising twists and turns.
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A wild ride of angst, guilt, and revenge told in a very graphic and twisted style- definitely not for the faint of heart. It is often difficult to follow, but fascinating at the same time. The author has written in an almost stream-of-consciousness manner - as if the story HAD to be told, and damn the usual conventions of writing.

With that being said, I believe the author would still benefit from an editor. I think a better flow would make it even more horrifying and compelling, but the raw talent of this author is very evident. I'd give the story five stars, but am taking one star off for the editing issues.
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I thought I was reading a book, not half of a trashy magazine story? can't complain too much, the crap was free..
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