Sometimes I just don’t like a book. As an author, I’m stuck in a quandary: do I still review if it is a two star book or less? I hate mean reviews of my own books so I am never mean to another author, no matter what he or she thinks.
I have now developed a code for reviews while at the same time keeping them honest. It is simply this: if it’s an indie author, I will not review unless I can award a genuine four or five stars. I’d rather communicate privately with that author if his/her book warrants a one or two star award (in my opinion). If it’s a published author, then the gloves are off.
Why the difference? Many published authors are fortunate in that they have the advantages of in-house editing and sometimes even developmental editing, so no excuses if it’s not a good read.
Some may not like this new code of mine. It’s my game, my rules!
Anyway, here is an honest review of a published author’s book. It’s only my opinion, of course. Note to the publisher Bloodhound Books: Why oh why don’t you insert an ‘About The Author’ in your books?
The Edge of Sanity by Chris Thomas
This book is described as “a dark psychological thriller.” It is not. It’s more like a science fiction/cyber punk novel.
There are fans of this book and author out there, so let me make this clear. This review is merely one person’s opinions – mine. It was not my cup of tea. Indeed, about one third through I nearly gave up on it. I must admit I continued because I was intrigued as to how it would end.
I did not like the book at all. The characters were implausible and unlikeable with the one exception of Pete, the former Cyber Crime Unit (CCU) detective. The plot was implausible as were many of the Majestic Road scenes. What was wrong with that police unit? Three of the four coppers were bent. Strange that seeing such cyber-crime officers are desk-bound in real life.
The Professor and the Smart Man characters reminded me of some of the “joker” scenes in Batman movies. They were a joke. As was the tough-guy drug dealer, Slater.
Maybe it’s me? I do like thrillers/crime fiction to have a grounding in reality. Stretch credulity once or twice is okay, but please do not stretch it to breaking point as did this author with this plot.
I also didn’t like much of the writing. For example, “not-so-gentle,” is a sloppy, lazy way to describe a violent act.
There were many other examples and this habit of writing dialogue as, “I.Did.Not.Like.It,” is so annoying. If the “owner” of that dialogue is emphasising something, then use your writing skills to inform the reader.
The author references a book titled ‘Agrippa’ in this book. He is clearly influenced by the “weird and wonderful.” He also seems to be heavily influenced by Reddit judging by the number of references to Reddit and sub-Reddits. That may be a good thing for some readers but not this one.
In many ways, this book is a “geeky” read. Who knows? It could become a cult book? I still wouldn’t like it. Not for me, sorry.
I obtained a free copy of this book from NetGalley courtesy of the publisher. I was not required to review it and all views expressed are my own.