I almost feel guilty reviewing this book. The author is from Eunice, Louisiana, which is a small town not too far from the small town where I gew up. I discovered his book this summer when he was doing a book signing while I was back home visiting.
It looked good, and I wanted to show support to local Louisiana authors, so I picked it up. I really, really, REALLY wanted to like it, but well. . .read my thoughts.
Author: Gabriel Common
Recommended? ONLY if you want to spend two hours of your life reeling from/mortified by bad grammar.
My Thoughts: This was a story about a man who was born to be a hero. Circumstances changed, and he had to learn what it means to be a true hero. The story itself was quite cute (thus the 2 stars instead of 1).
And that's about the only good thing I have to say about this book.
I could probably rant on for hours about it, but in an effort to be nice, I'll try to be quick.
First off, this book WAS NOT EDITED! Somewhere in the beginning of the book it is written: "This book was allowed to remain exactly as the author intended, verbatim, with no editorial input."
Let me just say that this was a HUGE mistake. It really seems like the author quickly wrote the book and never even ONCE looked back over it.
Even if he had looked back over it, though, I don't think it would have helped much. This was written by someone who has possibly never in his life taken an English class - I have never in my life seen so much bad grammar all amassed into 231 pages. There, their, and they're were constantly mixed up. Through and threw, lead and led, past and passed, where and were - all mixed up, and the list could possibly go on forever.
The tenses changed on a regular basis throughout the book, to the point in which in one sentence we were in the present and the next we were in the past.
Sometimes he even managed to change tenses in the same sentence.
At times, people in the book were being anger (seriously, it's like the guy had never even heard the word angry).
It was painful, really it was.
The book was written by someone who never learned the basics of writing and who, it seems, never learned how to speak, either.
I might still have given the book 3 stars, in an attempt to see through the bad grammar and the bad word choices.
But it was badly written aside from that as well.
Everything happened just a little too easily. At one point, the good guys were being attacked by this huge bird thing that had been summoned using black magic. They needed paper, a rock, and a candle to summon the light back. Of course this was all easily found. And then they had a wall of fire around them, and of course a tree just magically fell down for no reason over it so that they could walk out of the ring of fire.
Some of the bad guys, who were evil to the core, just suddenly decided for no reason whatsoever to fight with the good guys.
So many things didn't make sense and so many things happened way too easily and the grammar was just so horrid and, well, ugh!
I said I was going to be brief, and this is getting long winded, so I will stop here.
Even though I really could go on finding more negative things to say.
Summary (straight from the back of the book): Wonderland is a place where people can be free. They can do what they want, be what they want without having to worry about being ridiculed or looked down on. They believe in peace and free will of all things, but we all know that even in the most perfect society, not everyone can be happy. The one who’s responsible for making everyone else happy can never have happiness of his own. He finally gets a chance to live a normal life like everyone else, but what he doesn’t realize is that by doing so he has to turn his back on the ones who rely on him the most. He gives up the ones he cares about for a life of happiness, then realizes that true happiness lies in not the way he lives but the ones around him. He realizes that even against the odds he can do the impossible. He learns what it means to be a true hero.
Now, I leave you with a question. Which of the following phrases makes more sense to you?
a)A hero is not a hero because he wants to be. It's because he feels he has to be.
b)A hero is not a hero because he feels that he has to be. It's because he wants to be.
Personally, I'm going to have to go with phrase b. If a hero is only saving the world because he feels like he HAS to, then he really doesn't have a choice in the matter, and he's really not a hero. If he's doing it because he wants to, because he loves the world he lives in and the people he's protecting, he has a choice. If He has chosen to protect the world and is thus a true hero.
The author of this book seems to go with phrase a.
What do you think? If you answer this question, it's +2 entries in my giveaway.