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David H. Keith
on July 01, 2012 :
My mother used to tell me "if you can't say something nice about someone, then don't say anything at all." Sound advice, that, but not always possible.
Ms. Black's story was, um, an interesting take on the traditional Red Riding Hood fable from childhood. Sadly, I found it hard to read and really get into. Ms. Black makes the same mistakes so many young writers do (and I'm assuming she is, in fact, young): she uses a font that is hard on the eyes, pays little heed to basic grammar, punctuation, and word use, and greatly overuses adverbs and adjectives. These things, like spices, should be used sparingly and with discretion.
I don't know if Ms. Black was in a hurry to publish or just didn't take the time to proofread her manuscript...and that's a shame. It's an interesting story, but her inattention to the details of good writing detract from it immensely. I would suggest she go back and revise this story, paying much greater attention to the minutiae of writing (grammar, punctuation, spelling, and word use) and then republish.
I wish her a great deal of luck.
David H. Keith
(review of free book)