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Okay story, terrible editing
on 6 October 2014
I'll start by saying that this isn't a bad book - in fact, I rather enjoyed it. The concept is neat and the pacing well-managed. I finished the whole thing, which I wouldn't usually do when a book displays the problem this one does:
Horrendous production values.
The author has an idiosyncratic approach to punctuation. A less generous person might call it disastrous. Or abysmal. Or just plain wrong. If I were generous I would say that he understands that full stops go at the end of sentences, but alas, there are many sentences sadly lacking their final dot. And then there are the random changes of type face and line spacing throughout. On occasion, the author can't even keep the spelling of a character's name straight (is the train driver called Gail or Gayle?).
All of this could have been dealt with by an editor. It's insulting to readers to present them with such an unfinished document and demand money for it. Dear F.R. Maher, do please engage someone literate to sort out your manuscript before you present it to the public next time.