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The Swarm by Frank Schätzing
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Jan 30, 2010

it was ok
Read from January 31 to February 19, 2010 — I own a copy

I had high expectations for "The Swarm" but was unfortunately bitterly let down. This is the single worst edited book I have ever read. Filled with punctuation errors, almost every other line of dialogue is missing quotation marks or periods. There are typos all over the place and the translation to English is rather poor and uninspired. Add to it that the Kindle formatting is below average with missing page breaks at chapter ends etc, this book is definitely not worth the price the publisher asks for.

In terms of the novel itself, while intriguing in a sense of the overall story, the writing is rambling in many places, going on and on about irrelevant things, adding countless scenes that have no real purpose, and dialogues that go on way too long. "The Swarm" is a massive book that turned out way too long - once again, a good editor would have tighten up the prose considerably, making for a more gripping read. As a result of the lengthy writing you can easily go for hundreds of pages with nothing really happening. Schätzing creates a bit of suspension here and there, only to completely kill it off by tens of pages of "nothing." As a result I constantly struggled with myself whether I should continue reading or just give it up.

This book had great promise and offers a great story at its core. Unfortunately the execution and presentation are so poor that they make a book that is lengthy to read, practically insufferable.

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