- Tapa blanda: 322 páginas
- Editor: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Edición: 2.0.0 (14 de mayo de 2015)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1512196746
- ISBN-13: 978-1512196740
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Pompomberry House (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 14 may 2015
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A writer's retreat seemed the perfect chance for Dee Whittaker to take her mind off her marital difficulties. However, she meets five of the most hideous writers ever to have mastered a QWERTY keyboard, and her problems quickly multiply. Things escalate further when the handyman winds up dead. After fleeing from the island, Dee attempts to get her life back on track but begins to notice that something strange is going on. The stories written on the island are coming true and hers is next - complete with a murder. Her estranged husband makes an unlikely sidekick as the two of them try to stop the literary copycat killing an innocent woman.
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The opening of Pompomberry House sees our protagonist about to embark on a writers' retreat, full of hope mixed with a little trepidation. She's ready for a new chapter, having decided to separate from her slothful husband, and this looks like an opportunity to exercise her new freedom and join in some creative fun with her fellow Indie writers. What follows is murder, mayhem and the most awful writers ever gathered in one place. This book takes careful aim at some of the strange new inhabitants and rituals of the Indie Publishing world - feral writers, reviewers and the never ending need to promote that book at any cost. The author has created some great characters - particularly the protagonist Dee and her (almost ex) husband, both of whom are beautifully drawn. There's a nice mix of plot lines thrown in to move things along - some mystery, a dash of chick lit, a murderer on the loose, and lessons in how not to put together an anthology. This is satire, and British satire at that, so not sure how the humour will travel across borders, but I found it a fun read.
This book had a lot of well placed humor that any struggling human should be able to appreciate. I recommend it!
There were a couple of places in Chapter 1 that I didn't understand. A couple of paragraphs could have been left out and we wouldn't miss the story line; I didn't understand what the elderly people had to do with her being followed. And I had a problem with omniscient POV by the killer bothersome when we see what he is thinking about why he wants to kill Delilah; it seemed so out of place and could be removed without hindering the story line.
I had a huge problem with the author using parentheses in a fictional novel; they are so out of place as are table of contents in my opinion.
At the end of Chapter 2, I was confused as to who was talking in the second to last paragraph. In Chapter 3, there is so much dialogue with many characters in the scene that you do not know who is talking. I am one for using very little dialogue tags, but there are times when there are more than the two main characters in a scene that we need a little more of them or we start getting confused.
I also had a problem with the formatting and it did bother me. It is so much more easier to read when the paragraphs have a definite distinction of when they begin by indenting them more than one or two spaces. A half of an inch is much clearer. In some places the author did indent more, but most of the time the indents of the paragraphs were hardly there to notice.
There were some grammar errors, but not many, though another pass by a proofreader would't have been a bad idea. I am not sure how a body can sink into a table after they have rolled their eyes. I have to ask what a 'tingle panther' is? This is how it was used: It sent a tingle sprinting down my spine like a tingle panther. Since this was written in British English, this could be British wording I am unfamiliar with, but I am a curious person, so had to ask.
All in all this was a compelling read and I couldn't stop reading until I found out who the killer was. I liked the humor and loved the idea about the Macarena and who was going to perform it. Overall, I recommend this book and would read another book by this author. I rated it 4 stars just because of the plot and the mystery held my attention.