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on Sep. 25, 2013 :
This book started off really well with an interesting person and an alien. Unfortunately, the story veers off into a series of interior stories explaining human society to the alien. In reality, they are there to get the author's pet peeves out. Some are more serious however they all repeat things an intelligent reader already knows, at greater length than needed to make the point. I really struggled to finish the book. The only reason I made it on the third try was determination to read the whole thing before writing a review. It was slightly worth it, as once the author's rants via the characters were past and the story returned, it became interesting again. Robert Heinlein got his libertarian philosophy into his books without stopping the story; in this case the author not only stops the story, they stop the reader as well. The interruptions were annoying because of their length and obviousness.
There many examples of incorrect word usage, usually with near homonyms such as imminent or eminent, effect or affect, roles or rolls.
It gets worse. The author has two pet ungrammatical phrases. One would work if it was a marker of a character's personality, but both characters and the author use it, frequently. To make it worse, every once in a while, the author gets the same phrases grammatically correct, so there is no excuse.
The author also has trouble controlling tenses. They not only bounce back and forth between past and present in a paragraph, but sometimes even in a single sentence.
I started counting errors at page 71, by page 191 (the end), I had noted fifty and I didn't catch them all.
One star for the wrap around story that was well done, although it had an ordinary predictable execution.
Because of the poor story structure, and the difficulty reading it, NOT Recommended.
(reviewed long after purchase)