There are times when I read a book that doesn’t grab me, and I just delete it from my Kindle and move on.
And there are times when a book annoys me so much I have to finish it, just so I can give it a bad review.
When One Man Dies, by Dave White, is an example of the second category.
The book has good reviews on Amazon, and was nominated for awards.
For the life of me, I can’t figure out why.
The first, obvious problem is that of paragraphing. As I’m sure you know, it’s the protocol among all writers of English dialogue that when a new speaker talks, you give him a new paragraph.
This book does not do that. One character will speak at the beginning of a paragraph, and the other will reply at the end of the same paragraph, without attribution. This is highly confusing. The reader has to stop frequently to figure out who said what. However, that may not be the author’s fault. It may be the fault of whoever set it up as an ebook. This appears to be a digital reissue of a previously published work. Continue reading ‘When One Man Dies,’ by Dave White