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Book Title: Snakes & Ladders|
The author of the book: Sean Slater
Edition: Simon & Schuster
Date of issue: June 26th 2012
ISBN 13: 9780857200402
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Reader ratings: 6.5
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My utmost thanks to the Author, the Publisher, and Goodreads for this free book to read and review.
As I read though this novel, I will be listing things of possible error with the editing that should had been caught before final printing, and when I'm finished reading my opinion of the book will be honestly given.
I finished reading a number of days ago, but took this time in trying to formulate in my mind how to compose a proper review to post. So, here goes with the positive raves and warranted criticism...
Fast pace. Great murder/mystery with a terrific assortment of characters. Easy to like (and dislike) key characters within the story as they were all strongly developed and fleshed out. Plus, the surprising twists and turns in the plot kept me completely engrossed right to the end. The best aspect of it all is I am familiar with Greater Vancouver and was picturing each location of importance while reading.
I hope the copy I received was an uncorrected proof as I really strongly feel the editing could had been more tighter (or at least another competent individual or two to go over the manuscript as what flaws were not picked up by one person could of been discover before going to a proper press run). There were editing problems.
I do realize the Publisher (the distinctly reputable publishing firm of Simon & Schuster) as per this particular copy of the book I received was printed in the United Kingdom and was intended for the British market place so contains the British version of spellings (tire written as tyre and curb as kerb).
I found problems with the actual written story where certain things did not make sense and/or the story's structuring was a bit off and ultimately sloppy. Things or places were mentioned without elaborating further and taking for granted the Reader knew about said places or things having never been to the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. When writing, put yourself in the mindframe of a reader not knowing anything of any location you place the action. Write to be informative the best you can without becoming too wordy in descriptions and never go any further than truly needed to enhance the storyline or plot. The same goes for writing too little.
There were also strange uncorrected situations that cropped up in a few places. For example...
Page 9-11: If the air was just as cold inside the suite as it was outside, wouldn't the milk had remained cool to the touch no matter what? This should had been caught as being quite conflicting.
And while we are in East Vancouver: where were the vermin infestations that also do inhabit said area? In other words: the cockroaches, rats, mice, fleas, lice, and silverfish? Especially the cockroaches. All part of the slums and shit holes located in that region. The suite had to be infested with something that goes along with the garbage found within that suite of the first known victim. And the 'bugs' would had already been at the 2nd known victim if she had been dead for a few days (even though this victim was more tidy than the first victim's squaller conditions).
There was another scene where the two major police characters had already entered their car and when the 'boss' showed up it was said to just get into the car and drive. Were they not already in the car? Another sloppy and very noticeable mistake.
The tox test requested at the fancy Laboratory on Broadway and Granville was never followed up and it left that whole aspect of the main characters even going there completely dangling.
Lines? Instead of using that drug related term maybe highly-priced Dom Pérignon (Champagne) or Hennessy (Cognac) would had worked more as these are better related to the pompousness portrayed at that Lab without going over the 'line' associated with Cocaine and the possible reputation of said Laboratory. In general, stay away from any drug reference unless it truly is called for, and especially being as vague as was used in the spoken dialogue you crafted.
Saint Pauls (Hospital) was only mentioned in passing and that sentence could had been completely removed or taken a tad bit further describing what it actually is and a very brief mention of location and distance from the one in Burnaby. Saint Pauls could of appeared in the author's first novel which I confess have not read and may had contained events that are hinted at in this second book concerning Jacob Striker to which I do apologize.
Same thing with 'The Endowment Lands'. And also just writing 'Shaughnessy'...
A few other writing criticisms were also encountered, but I'll just let them be as having already expressed that errors within the final editing of this novel were sadly quite evident.
As previously stated, if this version of the novel SNAKES & LADDERS that I received as a First-Read was an uncorrected printed copy and the mistakes were corrected I do again apologize.
Otherwise, I did find the story interesting and fast pace with a real surprise ending. If it wasn't for the editing flaws I would had given this novel a far higher star rating.
Not meant to be über critical as I did enjoy the story, yet...
From what I understand mistakes coming back to bite one on the rear is all part of trying to be a successful writer as you do learn by these mistakes and by not entirely resting your laurels taking things for granted that all is fine once the 'finished' manuscript leaves your hands. Especially after all the labor and countless months of effort and not having a third (or fourth) party doing a full reading to catch what should had been caught.
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Read information about the authorSean Slater is the pseudonym for Vancouver Police Officer Sean Sommerville. As a police officer, Sommerville works in Canada's poorest slum, the Downtown East Side - an area rife with poverty, mental illness, drug use, prostitution, and gang warfare. He has investigated everything from frauds and extortions to homicides. Sommerville has written numerous columns and editorials for the city newspaper. His work has been nominated for the Rupert Hughes Prose Award, and he was the grand-prize winner of the Sunday Serial Thriller contest, which was co-written by Daniel Kalla and published in the Vancouver Province. When not patrolling the 'Skids', Sommerville is working hard writing.
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