on Aug. 18, 2013 :
I received this book for free in exchange for writing an honest review. I'm sorry I made that agreement because I hate to be negative.
A narrator takes the reader through the story of a young man who meets a mysterious stranger, named Norman at a birthday party. The stranger has the ability to change into anything he wanted to become and took the narrator on various adventures. The kid and the adult narrator asks many questions and Norman seems to delight in frustrating him by not answering him. The book was too long and reading it became tedious
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)
on July 25, 2013 :
I've just finished this book and all I can say is "WOW! I'm glad that is over!"
While the premise of a creature of unknown origin, with unknown abilities and a "Great Big Secret" had me looking forward to reading this book, I quickly tired of it.
The narrator "wailed" or "cried" after almost everything said. The tempo of the writing reminded me of reading the diary of a twelve year old girl.
There was never any definite answers to any questions raised. Though that may have been part of the story (that there are no true answers) I was quickly bored with it.
Also, there appear to be many typos in the kindle version. Use of the word "while" to start many sentences made no sense. And the repetition of several phrases throughout was annoying. I wanted to tell the author to find a thesaurus and a book of quote.
I finished the story of Norman out of a sense of obligation to the author. After all, I received this book for free from Librarything.com in return for an honest review. ( )
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)