Gambling on Mystery? Try No Dice - Page 2
No Dice is littered with inconsistencies, improbabilities, impossibilities, and outright contradictions. Within its pages are passages that say exactly the opposite of what the author was attempting to convey. There are flashbacks that do little to support the story, too many incidents unrelated to the plot, side stories that go unresolved or are resolved in the most unlikely manner, and enough repetition that the book could have been half its 345-page length (yes, 172.5 pages are enough to adequately tell this story). Additionally, scene changes are not distinguished by space or typographical symbols and add to the confusion.
Most readers know that it is nearly impossible to find a book without any typos or grammatical errors, and it is disturbing to find them in expensive hardcovers from best-selling authors and large publishing houses. Because many self-published authors are self-edited or use volunteer (family, friends) editors, I tend to allow them more leeway and will not comment on the editing unless it distracts from or ruins the story. I willingly overlook a dozen errors, despite my belief that things I purchase should not need to be “fixed.” This mental “fixing” of flagrant errors forces the reader to re-assume the mantle of disbelief, thereby interrupting or disturbing the flow of the story. (For a more detailed analysis, click here.)
Truly, I enjoy self-published books. I admire the authors for putting themselves out there, and I have read quite a few novels that were well worth the time spent on them—by both the writers and me. Unfortunately, authors are like words…there are just too many of them out there.