A. T. Weaver
on Dec. 10, 2011 :
I have to agree with the other reviewers regarding the lack of editing. The author seems to have a problem staying in the same verb tense, moving from past to present within the same sentence.
Although this is not a genre I would normally buy, I found the plot interesting and attention holding.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on Sep. 1, 2011 :
Like others here, I was driven crazy by the lack of editing on this story. I wound up taking notes on all the errors just to make me feel better about reading it. That said, I really enjoyed the story. A.M. Burns writes great action scenes and lovely, tender romantic scenes.
He needs help with better characterization though. Our heroes Ethan and Dusty are well-drawn, but other characters are not given enough attention. When I found out who done it at the end, I was not convinced about motivations because the villains were not drawn thoroughly enough.
A. M. Burns has a fine, clear writing voice and is an engaging storyteller, but he needs to hone his craft with a little help from folks more schooled in grammar, spelling, and word usage.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on Aug. 27, 2011 :
This is my first exposure to A.M. Burns. I have to say, for a first novel, I was impressed. I liked the totally different take on the genre from several angles. The relationship dynamic between the two main characters, Ethan and Dusty is very loving. You can tell that the two of them care deeply for each other, but the author chooses not to dive into raw sex in the book, instead relying on the story to carry itself.
Other reviews harp on the minor editing issues with this book, which didn't bother me at all, it's a first book, and I expected some flaws.
Overall this book is a murder mystery, and like any good murder mystery the clues are available fairly quickly as to who did it, but you get to know a likable cast of characters that help weave a very enjoyable story. I've not read many books that take on the pagan/magical community as well as this one does. Overall I found the book refreshing and original. I look forward to reading future books in the series, and other things by this new and interesting writer.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
on Aug. 24, 2011 :
Really appallingly edited - or should I say, not edited at all. The level of writing is amateurish, but it was the non-stop typos, missing words and punctuation, which stopped me finishing this story. The idea had promise but this is not a commercial, professional product, and should not be on sale as such.
Suggest the author pull it, polish it until it squeaks, and put it back.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
on Aug. 5, 2011 :
This is a pretty good story even if the denouement is a bit obvious. Still it is enjoyable, and the writing is good. However, oh, my god, it is need of a proofread! Was it proofed at all?
The start isn't too bad, but it gets worse and worse as it goes along. Even if the author doesn't want to pay or can't pay for an edit, someone with a decent grasp of English could make a huge improvement.
Anyone who is bothered by English usage, spelling and grammar would be driven nuts, I'm sorry to say
(reviewed the day of purchase)