Overall rating and opinion of Free Fish Friday

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Post by Tooke17 » 13 Oct 2015, 06:47

I just finished reading this book last night and it was wonderful , the characters were well developed and the story was deep and interesting. The author was able to paint a vivid picture for me of what life in Florida’s key west was like . I really enjoyed the main character and his attitude toward life and the plot was so interesting that I couldn’t put the book down . I can’t wait to read the second book barracuda!
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Post by Lee Stone » 13 Oct 2015, 08:38

Thank you so much, Tooke17. Your reaction alone would have made writing the book worthwhile! I hope you enjoy "Barracuda" at least as well.

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Post by Dphaber » 14 Oct 2015, 10:12

Having been subjected to quite a bit of both, I didn't think I'd enjoy this much fishing and Florida! Glad I picked this one up, finished it in less than a day. Very enjoyable mystery book.
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Post by Lee Stone » 14 Oct 2015, 10:17

Dphaber wrote:Having been subjected to quite a bit of both, I didn't think I'd enjoy this much fishing and Florida! Glad I picked this one up, finished it in less than a day. Very enjoyable mystery book.
And I hope very different than any mystery you've run into before, Dphaber. Thank you for both reading it and taking time to comment. I'll be interested to see how you like the sequel.

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Post by gali » 14 Oct 2015, 10:29

Dphaber wrote:Having been subjected to quite a bit of both, I didn't think I'd enjoy this much fishing and Florida! Glad I picked this one up, finished it in less than a day. Very enjoyable mystery book.
Have you read it already? You have said just now, on the other thread, that you may pick it up. :?:
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Post by Lee Stone » 14 Oct 2015, 10:43

gali wrote:
Dphaber wrote:Having been subjected to quite a bit of both, I didn't think I'd enjoy this much fishing and Florida! Glad I picked this one up, finished it in less than a day. Very enjoyable mystery book.
Have you read it already? You have said just now, on the other thread, that you may pick it up. :?:
How cute is that? The epitome of a quick read!

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Post by bookowlie » 14 Oct 2015, 11:08

gali wrote:
Dphaber wrote:Having been subjected to quite a bit of both, I didn't think I'd enjoy this much fishing and Florida! Glad I picked this one up, finished it in less than a day. Very enjoyable mystery book.
Have you read it already? You have said just now, on the other thread, that you may pick it up. :?:
I am a fast reader, but that was FAST!!
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Post by gali » 14 Oct 2015, 11:09

bookowlie wrote:
gali wrote:
Dphaber wrote:Having been subjected to quite a bit of both, I didn't think I'd enjoy this much fishing and Florida! Glad I picked this one up, finished it in less than a day. Very enjoyable mystery book.
Have you read it already? You have said just now, on the other thread, that you may pick it up. :?:
I am a fast reader, but that was FAST!!
Ditto! 8)
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Post by Momlovesbooks » 14 Oct 2015, 19:15

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The beginning didn't confuse me at all. I became interested in the characters from the beginning and was drawn into the mystery. I'm glad there is a second book in the series.

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Post by Lee Stone » 14 Oct 2015, 19:27

Momlovesbooks wrote:I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The beginning didn't confuse me at all. I became interested in the characters from the beginning and was drawn into the mystery. I'm glad there is a second book in the series.
Thank you so much for sharing your time with Slacker!

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Post by bookowlie » 16 Oct 2015, 09:39

Here is my unoffical review -
I loved this book, even more so thinking about it days after I finished it. The characters really stayed with me and I consider that the hallmark of a good book. The pacing in the first half of the book is a bit slow, although still enjoyable to read. The story is very character driven, so that probably affected the pacing. The real highlights are the memorable characters, setting, and writing. Slacker Mills is a flawed, although likeable, character. He would be a great character for a TV series.

The writing is excellent. The whole time I was reading I felt like I was sitting in The Rusty Hook every night and listening to Slacker and his cronies reminisce about the events. The descriptions, dialogue, and observations are written well and there is never a feeling of too much description or long-winded passages. Not too little, not too much...just the right amount of flavor in the writing. There are a handful of missing words here and there, but nothing major and certainly not distracting.

The laid-back Key West setting is vivid. I could picture the Rusty Hook bar, the End of the Road motel, and the entire area as if I were right there.

My only criticism is that the mystery itself wasn't always front and center. There were times during the story where the plot went off on long tangents, such as renovating the motel. The mystery lacked tension at times. Jerry was found dead and it seemed strange that Slacker started renovating the motel days later, the Hooks and Jordan were making plans (no spoilers), etc. Other than that, I loved the book and rate it 4 out of 4 stars.
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Post by gali » 16 Oct 2015, 10:03

bookowlie wrote:Here is my unoffical review -
I loved this book, even more so thinking about it days after I finished it. The characters really stayed with me and I consider that the hallmark of a good book. The pacing in the first half of the book is a bit slow, although still enjoyable to read. The story is very character driven, so that probably affected the pacing. The real highlights are the memorable characters, setting, and writing. Slacker Mills is a flawed, although likeable, character. He would be a great character for a TV series.

The writing is excellent. The whole time I was reading I felt like I was sitting in The Rusty Hook every night and listening to Slacker and his cronies reminisce about the events. The descriptions, dialogue, and observations are written well and there is never a feeling of too much description or long-winded passages. Not too little, not too much...just the right amount of flavor in the writing. There are a handful of missing words here and there, but nothing major and certainly not distracting.

The laid-back Key West setting is vivid. I could picture the Rusty Hook bar, the End of the Road motel, and the entire area as if I were right there.

My only criticism is that the mystery itself was always front and center. There were times during the story where the plot went off on long tangents, such as renovating the motel. The mystery lacked tension at times. Jerry was found dead and it seemed strange that Slacker started renovating the motel days later, the Hooks and Jordan were making plans (no spoilers), etc. Other than that, I loved the book and rate it 4 out of 4 stars.
I agree and think the same. Good review! :)
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Post by bookowlie » 16 Oct 2015, 10:12

Thanks. It was weird writing an unofficial review, since I've become so used to the guidelines for the official ones. :)

-- 16 Oct 2015, 11:17 --

I just noticed and corrected an error in the review I just posted. It should read "wasn't always front and center."
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Post by Lee Stone » 16 Oct 2015, 11:10

Beautifully done and welcomed from the bottom of my heart. Incidentally, I see that you have posted a review to Amazon and I doubly appreciate that. There are literally millions of books at Amazon and plentiful and articulate reviews are extremely important in getting a book noticed by potential readers. Any readers that would like to influence others to read "Free Fish Friday" are encouraged to drop a couple sentences of review on Amazon. It's the best way to say "Thanks" if you enjoy a book.

I loved your comments/concerns about the details of the belated motel renovation. A book is what it is and has to stand alone, so my response is for your interest and amusement only. For me, the renovation was a symbol of the change that Jerry triggered in Slacker. During their years together, it was a topic of daily conversation. As Jerry's daughter later pointed out, her father had written to her that the day Slacker started fixing up that hotel would be the day that he emerged as a full-fledged adult. The fact that Slacker started honoring Jerry's wishes on the day he died was basically a tribute to his friend - the most meaningful thing he could do. The fact that he continued the project even after knowing the motel would soon be demolished reflected the strength of that commitment.

None of that matters, of course. Only what you, the reader, thought really matters. What I love is the fact that the characters and events are sticking with you! My primary motive in taking up writing was to provide something that would stick to the ribs. If I get my way, you will remember many of the details of this book a year from now too. Every time you hear or see the word "slacker," it will mean only one thing: Slacker Mills!

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Post by bookowlie » 16 Oct 2015, 11:15

Lee Stone wrote:Beautifully done and welcomed from the bottom of my heart. Incidentally, I see that you have posted a review to Amazon and I doubly appreciate that. There are literally millions of books at Amazon and plentiful and articulate reviews are extremely important in getting a book noticed by potential readers. Any readers that would like to influence others to read "Free Fish Friday" are encouraged to drop a couple sentences of review on Amazon. It's the best way to say "Thanks" if you enjoy a book.

I loved your comments/concerns about the details of the belated motel renovation. A book is what it is and has to stand alone, so my response is for your interest and amusement only. For me, the renovation was a symbol of the change that Jerry triggered in Slacker. During their years together, it was a topic of daily conversation. As Jerry's daughter later pointed out, her father had written to her that the day Slacker started fixing up that hotel would be the day that he emerged as a full-fledged adult. The fact that Slacker started honoring Jerry's wishes on the day he died was basically a tribute to his friend - the most meaningful thing he could do. The fact that he continued the project even after knowing the motel would soon be demolished reflected the strength of that commitment.

None of that matters, of course. Only what you, the reader, thought really matters. What I love is the fact that the characters and events are sticking with you! My primary motive in taking up writing was to provide something that would stick to the ribs. If I get my way, you will remember many of the details of this book a year from now too. Every time you hear or see the word "slacker," it will mean only one thing: Slacker Mills!
You're most welcome. It's nice to give exposure to books that deserve the exposure. :)
I can see your point about why Slacker started so soon on the renovations, as a tribute to his friend and a sign of the change Jerry ignited in Slacker. There are many nuances like that throughout the book.
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