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It Came Upon a Midnight Clear Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B08PP3R2DF
- Publication date : December 3, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2094 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 314 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : B08PJP5CCR
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,502,781 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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The pacing of most of these stories is just off. We are told rather than shown. Details are goven that bore rather than entice. Details on the characters themselves are absent. It is hard to connect to any of it, to be honest.
In the first story, the forest expresses anger at Santa for claiming a tree. Yet, this force dies nothing as Santa constructs a log cabin. I guess we're to believe that that wood was gotten from the unprotected part of the forest- I honestly don't know. The premise is good, but the execution leaves something to be desired.
The word choice is repetitive and mostly uninteresting. The dialogue feels wooden and forced throughout. The text is also poorly edited ( there's a sentence in the second tale that doesn't have a subject).
This is just not in publishable form, in my opinion.
There are things to like about this too. As mentioned, the concepts themselves are interesting. I love the third tale especially. I feel it could be expanded into something truly sinister. Possessed snowman stealing body parts from kids? Yes please. A little more build-up to their deaths, and this story is golden.
Overall, the volume just didn't work for me, for reasons already stated, but it's a small investment, so don't let my comments deter you if you simply must see for yourself.
In posting my review, I noticed that there were many in agreement with my own thoughts, but saw one that was given 2-stars for lack of editing, things not being explained, and telling rather than showing. I think this reviewer read a different book, or didn’t understand this one, to be quite honest. :P That review treated the book as if it were a short story collection- This is clearly a novel. If it is read all the way through you'd find the questions to Chapter 1 are answered in later chapters, as they should be. It holds the reader’s attention and doesn’t give away too much at the forefront. I think this reader mistook this novel to be a short story collection, which would explain confusion. But they clearly didn’t finish reading. The novel is also well edited from all that I saw, and the dialogue not at all 'wooden', but very real and convincing. I felt like I was overhearing conversation with the characters myself! There also was no issue with showing vs telling. In fact, said review gives an example of the author showing: the main character Harold in a hurry and spilling coffee on himself and not stopping to clean it up because he has a one track mind and when he’s set on something, that’s all he cares about. This seems to go right over this reader’s head. Much of their review is contradictory, and many of the criticisms that are brought up are praised by others and seem to be your standard fiction writing 101 workshop complaints when you are looking for things to nitpick. The novel is full of beautiful and horrifying description, putting you right in the middle of the scenes as they unfold around you. It definitely was in publishable form. Again, I feel this reader only read the first three chapters and assumed that it was a short story collection and didn’t actually finish reading the novel. From one reader to another, I highly urge you to disregard it.
As this author’s debut, I must say it is a solid one. As stated previously, the characters are well rounded and the story flows and blends together perfectly. It’s everything you’d want in a holiday horror story. I absolutely will be looking forward to future titles from this author~