So, my wife got me thinking about good free eBooks. She’s been trying to read one I downloaded a while back for the iPad called 29 Jobs and A Million Lies. She’s complained about how the mistakes and misspellings have made it impossible for her to read the book. She likes it, she wants to read it, but she has gotten so annoyed that she can’t. I feel the same way. She asked me for suggestions for well edited, free eBooks and I thought I’d go ahead type one up. This list is only from my personal experience, unfortunately, and therefore will be limited in scope. I generally read sci-fi and fantasy. For you avid readers out there that want to suggest a book or you authors that want to recommend your own, go ahead and comment below or email me from the contact form. I’ll either have a separate list for you, or I’ll read a selection to see if you are right and add it to mine. We’ll see. Remember, this is about editing not about the quality of the writing. I’m not saying these are great stories (but they mostly are), just that they are well edited. So, here it goes:
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
To start off with, Furies of Calderon was a good book. I enjoyed it. It read quickly and, for the most part, was believable in a fantasy way. First, an overview of the magic.
Magic, in the world of Alera, is more akin to elementals or pets than traditional magic. I find this to be a refreshing and unique perspective. Rather than spells and memorization, the user generally has to pit their elemental to a task. The stronger the elemental, the bigger tasks they can accomplish. The more stamina they have as a person, the longer they can perform such tasks. I like this very much and find it interesting to both read and think about. Continue reading Book Review: Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher
You know what I’m talking about. Sure, some of them are funny (Uranium Ore, AudioQuest K2 Cables, JL421 Badonkadonk Land Cruiser/Tank) but some of them are misleading. I’m not going to suggest it is intentional or even wanted, but it happens. When you get a following, those followers can can be a bit blinded. They seem to think you can do no wrong. Now, my followers aren’t like this. I get regular emails from people correcting me and thinking I’m an idiot. But others seem to have fans the border on the rabid. Case in point – Dean Koontz.
On a whim a year or so ago, I picked up Odd Thomas at my local bookstore. Between the cover and the back copy, I thought it sounded interesting. I can honestly say it is one of the only mass market books that I had to force myself to finish. I thought it was absolute rubbish. In fact, if you look at the one star reviews, particularly the one by R.H. Oakley, they pretty much sum up my thoughts. But the book has over 500 reviews at this writing and over 400 of them are 4 and 5 stars. So how can that be? Continue reading Fake Reviews on Amazon
When Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw announced on his award winning video game review series, Zero Punctuation, that he had written a book, I was excited. I’m a huge ZP fan and find his writing and reviewing to be not only entertaining but usually right in line with my observations. But it is one thing to be funny for five minutes or a few thousand words, it is completely different to be funny for an entire book. It was with some trepidation and not just a little enthusiasm that I opened Mogworld for the first time. Less than a week later (if you consider I was working, raising kids, and writing Bob 2 at the same time it is a bit of a feat) and I set it down. Click past the break for the review. Warning, there be spoilers ahead. Continue reading Book Review: Mogworld by Yahtzee Croshaw