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1.0 out of 5 stars Had to stop reading this after getting 1/3 of the way through book 1, 2 July 2013
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This review is from: The Petrovitch Trilogy: An omnibus edition (Kindle Edition)
I gave this a good go because I enjoy a good story and I am realistic about the level of literary accomplishment that is strictly necessary to get a good story across (not to say I don't enjoy the happy coincidence of a good, or even a great, writer tackling sci fi). However, ultimately I just could not carry on putting myself through the experience and had to stop (this was long after I had become embarrassed for myself at continuing to read a book that seemed to have been written by a teenager). As an aside I am almost certain that there is no such word as "span" in the sense of "he span around to see what was behind him" - I think that the word "spun" might be what the author was looking for (I mention this because this word in this type of context features more than once...)

I seldom write reviews but was prompted to do so when I realised that I had parted with £10 for the privilege of discarding over 90% of what I paid for...and derived negative utility out of the 10% that I did consume...

I had a similar experience with a book called "Ready Player One" but in that case I managed to grit my teeth and ultimately get some enjoyment from the experience (though I would not recommend that book either).
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Initial post: 2 Jul 2013, 20:02:03 BST
C. Jack says:
Just to say having read 20% of book one I wrote a similiar review, and to be honest the entire first book is a tired badly written cliched mess. However the second book is far better, the thord book better still, and the newest book even better. I would thus definitely suggest sticking with it.

Posted on 16 Mar 2014, 13:10:41 GMT
The past-simple of 'spin' is 'span' or 'spun'. 'Spun' is definitely the past-participle, but 'span' is grammatically correct in 'the train jerked and span' and 'he span round' - if a trifle unusual these days, (though I'm not sure that a whole train actually spins when it starts off, maybe the transmission, but never mind) Average Sci Fi Guy is therefore incorrect in his grammar criticism. Sure, we've all forgotten O Level (or GCSE) English language, but a Google search should be de rigueur when making this kind of comment.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 May 2014, 22:30:02 BST
Hi DMO, Thanks for the correction there are some interesting discussions on the occasional use of "span". Normally I would have been more careful about pulling an author up on his grammar - the fact that I assumed it was wrong just shows my level of frustration at the point at which I gave up reading...
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