'Harry And Ivory' stands on my bookshelf (Lulu.com) alongside my Steinbeck and Hemingway. Aalborg writes in such a way it is almost as if you were sitting across the porch from him, swapping sips of a bottle of moonshine and listening to him tell you about Harry and his obsession, the black as night Ivory.
This is a literary classic waiting to be discovered. The relationships it explores are as dysfunctional as they come but they are very real and very believable. If the reader was honest with themselves, they would admit they have had their own moments of indecision and personal torment, deciding between what is right and what is good for them, what they should do and what they want to do above everything else they have ever done.
'Harry And Ivory' flows. Each line, each page just flows along, bubbling under the reader in such a way they want to know what happens next, they must know. It is really a feel good story, told well and with heart.
I think Kurt's review is a tad harsh. I do believe any spelling errors have been corrected since Kurt read the work as I didn't find anything jarring in my reading. I also think he took some of his 'howlers' out of context. That tired door was resting on a sandhill as the house was underground, or dug out of the hill, so resting is a fair description. He uses commas appropriately so the helicopter isn't beaming, it is the person who rushes to it. As for the sand coloured eyebrows and what have you, perhaps her teenage eyes are sharper than yours, Kurt?
I did notice on Kurt's page his bio has a couple of syntax errors of its own, perhaps English is not Kurt's first language? Either way, people in glass houses and all that. I do agree that eBooks should be taken as seriously as printed versions and that we can all benefit from some proof reading and professional editing but not everyone can afford those services, especially when they give their work away for free.
As for the story, I felt it was a nice piece for the intended audience, besotted teenage girls. It could be enlarged and make a more plausible story, add more details and so on but it is what it is and that is fine.
For 99 cents you can't go wrong. I have been publishing on Smashwords almost as long as Graham and even though I know everything (just ask my wife, she'll tell you)there were some new things to glean from this helpful report. As someone already publishing on Smashwords it validated what I was doing , which means for someone contemplating this route it will set you on the right path to begin with and save a lot of wasted time and effort.
I think everyone who publishes here should invest the 99 cents and the time to read this book (less than half an hour or so)as the returns will far outweigh the expense.
I have reviewed my marketing strategy, partly because of this book and 'FREE!' and Murray's guide to publishing on Smashwords. I guess i suspected all along that many of the review I have read were faked. I just didn't connect how that could adversely affect my book sales. A must read for everyone who has anything to do with books, writing or reading them.