Unfortunately with the opening of the self publishedmarket there are writers who have taken the art out of writing. When I read, and especially review, a book I respect the time and effort that is put into creating that book. However, as a reader I expect that time and effort was actually put into making the book worth reading.
When I read a novel I do not seek out to edit it. I want to enjoy a good story. However, if there are obvious editorial errors then I may take note. When those errors are repeated through the entire novel then it becomes a hindrance to actually reading the book. There are numerous grammar issues within Auraman.
The capitalization is not consistent. At times sentences are not capitalized, at others they are. Capitalization is iffy around dialogue. At one point there was a reference of "Star Trek voyager" where Star Trek was appropriately capitalized and Voyager was not. Then later in the book it was written as "star trek" with no capitalization at all.
Punctuation is also not consistently used. The biggest offender is the use of quotes. At times they are omitted. Other times they are randomly thrown in when not needed. Many times they have extra spaces around them. The same can be said of periods and commas as well. Also, it is very common to see ??? and ... thrown around the novel. It will happen once to ten times a page.
The author continually wrote abbreviations through the entire book. Doctor was nearly always written as Dr. even when it was not being used as a title. Two was inserted as 2 in the middle of sentences. The time was written very weird. I think it was something like 1:pm.
The author also likes to add in details within parenthesis. The first time I noticed this it was included in the middle of dialogue. The speaker said a name and the author explained who the person was in parenthesis within the middle of the quotes. This continues through the novel as well.
The characters were very hard to relate to. It was partly because reading the book was extremely awkward. However, they were also just too perfect. The main character is God like and sweet. He has perfect parents that removed any conflict in his life. He has the perfect girlfriend who loves him unconditionally. There are some villains that read more like a children's cartoon character villain.
Some of the plot was also extremely far fetched. For one an entire planet is set to collide with Earth. I could see an asteroid, but a planet on a collision course with Earth would take longer than our life span to even have to worry about. It just does not make sense.
I had an extremely hard time finishing this book. I kept hoping that it would improve at some point, but it never did.
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