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A Beacon of Hope by Walter E. Mark
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Dec 14, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: science-fiction, first-reads
Read in December, 2010

I received this book through the Good Reads First Reads program.

I would have enjoyed this book a lot more if the quality of writing was higher. The plot was good, although I much preferred the events towards the end of the book, because I think that's when things started getting interesting. But I just couldn't overlook the constant repetitive wording, or the many typos and grammatical errors. Since I'm a writer myself, I might judge these things harsher than other readers, but it was difficult for me to enjoy the story, which otherwise would be a solid science fiction work. The author went into great detail. The world felt very realistic, and I liked the characters, for the most part.
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Margie I am not a writer, but I do have a minor in English.
I've read through this book a couple of times and I don't understand this reveiw's comment about many typos and grammatical errors. I've read books where the grammar was bad, but this is not one of those books. There is some repetitive wording. However, this is because the writer chose to use a very plain style. The style fits the unassuming mood of the work perfectly.
Some people just don't like simple styles. I had a professor in college that said that Hawthorne didn't belong in the classics because his style was too simple. Myself, I love Hawthorne's writing. I loved this book as well.

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