- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 695 KB
- Print Length: 296 pages
- Publisher: Outskirts Press; 3 edition (6 Dec. 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006J8LYF2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #663,206 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This was a painful read. There was clearly not an editor and it's probable that there was not even a "re-read". This book read like a first draft, there were grammatical and spelling errors on every page. Anyone that has taken a Psych 101 course and nothing beyond that would cringe with every page they read. I understand that this is a work of fiction but as an author you still need to do at least a little bit of research. The first patient the main characters (which by the way were not likeable or intelligent at all) saw was pretty unrealistic and unbelievable but each patient got worse as they went along.
I was wondering from about 10 pages in where the story was going and now that I'm done with it, I still want to know where it's going. The story was based on the character setting out to prove that he could come up with a better way of treating the patients. This plot was referred to many times throughout the story and the question of how he was going to do it was never answered.
The entire story was ridiculous. It started as what most would consider "horror" and in the last 5-10 pages, *poof*, Sci-fi. Personally, I would consider it horror...for readers who have managed to pass the 5th grade, Psych majors and English teachers.
I'd recommend it just to truly appreciate how bad it was.
The main issue I had was with the writing itself. The first rule of good creative writing is to show- don't tell, and this author has not yet grasped that concept. A good editor would have helped, too, and if someone did actually proofread this thing, they should be spanked and promptly sent to the optometrist. Oddly misused words, dropped letters, misspelled words, terrible grammar, bizarre mannerisms and affectations in the dialogue (actual people do not talk like this. ever.), cliche dialects ('dagnabit'? really?) for equally cliched characters... Starting every other sentence with 'and'. Sorry, I meant to say, "And starting every other sentence with the word 'and'."
I'm sure this person's friends think they are doing something nice for him with all their lovely four and five star reviews, but they certainly aren't doing anyone else any favors. It's impossible for some of us to enjoy a story when we are distracted by jarring errors and mangled word choices left and right, and future readers deserve a heads up. If you tend to have a mental red pencil when you read, you might want to skip this one.
Please, Mr. Pittman, you have a great imagination, so do continue writing, but stay in school, and invest in a decent editing service next time.
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