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on Aug. 30, 2012 :
I admit, it was the title and cover art that got me into this book. And the price as well: FREE! The premise sounded interesting and I hadn't read anything from this author before so I decided to give it a try.
The tale itself isn't too bad. The plot isn't something new as a man returns home to fulfill a self made vow against those he thinks wrongs him. However, the interesting part of the story is the history of the restaurant he used to work at. This is the main draw I felt for the story, as if there was something more to the restaurant than met the eye. After all, why was it governed by a cult like council?
However, despite the interesting story plot, the tale itself is plagued with a couple things. The first one is the grammar and spelling errors. I know that Sawyer has stated that he has corrected these, I don't know if he has updated his Smashwords edition. If he hasn't, I suggest he does as more than once I came across words that were meant to be other words. There is also more than a fair share of sentences that, when read out loud, sound terrible. (ie: "The committee maybe uses witchcraft and makes its decisions; a coin toss, or maybe names taken from a hat all seem just as plausible.")
Another problem that plagues this story is the two false starts. The first is the fact that the main character is recalling this as he is driving, something that could have been left out as in the space of this story, it is unimportant. The second is his long narrative about the Rathskeller as well as the social issues that lead to him having to find a job there. This too could have been slimmed down and streamlined. What we have are what equate to two flashbacks when this could have happened as he arrived into town.
In the end, the core of the story is a good one. I enjoyed the elements within it, such as the monster and cult. It left me wondering about the history of the Rathskeller (which isn't really explained fully beyond its mundane history) and the town that surrounds it. But in the end, the editing issues and the false starts bring down what is overall an enjoyable tale.
(review of free book)
on Sep. 05, 2010 :
(review of free book)