Was the authors style distracting from the plot?

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Re: Was the authors style distracting from the plot?

Post by pricklypurple » 30 Jun 2018, 08:21

I didn't find any of these things distracting. I thought the book flowed nicely and was easy to read. I just found the dialogue a bit dull at times.

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Post by mac83 » 30 Aug 2018, 12:31

All of the back and forth has made it hard for me to truly get into the book. I'm following along better now, but in the beginning it was so hard to stay focused and in the book. I'd come into another character and need to try and remember who this character is as I'm reading along and question if I had already been introduced or not.
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Post by Alicia09 » 02 Sep 2018, 18:33

I found the chapters to be the most distracting, because in the first half of the story, every chapter focused on a different person. Then in the last half of the book I found chapters that tried to include three different peoples lives in the same chapter. This was distracting because I was expecting only one persons perspective per chapter.

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Post by FictionLover » 07 Sep 2018, 18:57

britt13 wrote:
09 Mar 2018, 15:51
I found many instances where the Fleisher's style of writing was incredibly distracting to me. It was hard for me to stay engaged with the book and/or plot because of this. Examples are excessive use of ellipses and parenthesis, choppy chapters, technical jargon, and changing names of things to something similar (obviously so he does not get sued, I understand why it was just annoying to me personally). Did this affect anyone the same way? Did you notice these elements and like them? Did you not even notice some or all of these? I am very curious to know how others felt about this.
Absolutely hated his style and his lack of skill. The dialog was the worst, especially in the corporate offices of Vijay. How many different times did he think we needed to read a list of the employees he wanted at a meeting?

And then adding in lines about how the secretary is calling them and who is coming to the meeting. What the heck??.

By the end, I vowed never to recommend this book to anyone. So I gave it one star.

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Post by FictionLover » 07 Sep 2018, 18:58

KLafser wrote:
19 Mar 2018, 10:01
I am so on the same page with you! In some places, he was telling a story, in others, it felt like a screenplay with a whole bunch of unnecessary dialog. Still other places, it felt preachy. When he started speaking directly to the reader about 2/3 in ... sigh, I found it very disruptive.
Lots of unnecessary dialog and overly preachy.
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Post by sarahmarlowe » 08 Sep 2018, 09:52

Yes! Thank you for bringing this up. I felt that the sentence structure was often confusing. I found myself having to re-read long meandering sentences to grasp what he was trying to tell us as readers.

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