Overall rating and opinion of Free Fish Friday

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Re: Overall rating and opinion of Free Fish Friday

Post by Lee Stone » 18 Oct 2015, 06:34

Thank you so much for mentioning nuances! I feel like they make for interesting reading and employed them throughout.

Another point. Just as you say that club book reviews follow a certain boilerplate, I believe that most detective/mystery novels I've read follow a common boilerplate as well, making them comfortable but often forgettable. As a new writer, I didn't want to emulate any other author ... not in any way. That included a refusal to adhere to that boilerplate. The most obvious example of that is the two or three chapters that follow the resolution of Jerry's death. That death and its investigation were an event in "Free Fish Friday," not the crux of the story. The story is about people. There's risk in asking readers to travel outside the regular framework, but reviews have been very encouraging and downloads of the sequel even moreso.

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Post by gali » 18 Oct 2015, 07:04

Lee Stone wrote:Thank you so much for mentioning nuances! I feel like they make for interesting reading and employed them throughout.

Another point. Just as you say that club book reviews follow a certain boilerplate, I believe that most detective/mystery novels I've read follow a common boilerplate as well, making them comfortable but often forgettable. As a new writer, I didn't want to emulate any other author ... not in any way. That included a refusal to adhere to that boilerplate. The most obvious example of that is the two or three chapters that follow the resolution of Jerry's death. That death and its investigation were an event in "Free Fish Friday," not the crux of the story. The story is about people. There's risk in asking readers to travel outside the regular framework, but reviews have been very encouraging and downloads of the sequel even moreso.
Those nuances, and the departure from the mold, were what I loved about your book.
In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you." (Mortimer J. Adler)

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Post by bookowlie » 18 Oct 2015, 07:57

Lee Stone wrote:Thank you so much for mentioning nuances! I feel like they make for interesting reading and employed them throughout.

Another point. Just as you say that club book reviews follow a certain boilerplate, I believe that most detective/mystery novels I've read follow a common boilerplate as well, making them comfortable but often forgettable. As a new writer, I didn't want to emulate any other author ... not in any way. That included a refusal to adhere to that boilerplate. The most obvious example of that is the two or three chapters that follow the resolution of Jerry's death. That death and its investigation were an event in "Free Fish Friday," not the crux of the story. The story is about people. There's risk in asking readers to travel outside the regular framework, but reviews have been very encouraging and downloads of the sequel even moreso.
I agree that many mystery novels follow a common boilerplate. They are very plot-driven, with obvious clues, red herrings, and twists. The stories are usually less about people and thought-provoking topics. Even if some of the books are page turners, they tend to be very forgettable, like eating a bag of chips.

As for the OBC book reviews, the boilerplate you mentioned is not so strict. Yes, we do have to include a minimum word count and number of paragraphs, clear justification for the particular rating, and at least a short explanation of what the book is about. I think the justification for the rating is so important. For example, you wouldn't want a reviewer to give a book 2 stars when they stated they loved everything about the book except for one very minor thing.
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Post by Lee Stone » 18 Oct 2015, 08:24

You're right about chips. They always taste pretty much the same, but the stores sure sell lots of them!

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Post by bookowlie » 18 Oct 2015, 08:53

Maybe I should change my comment about chips. I love potato chips and certain brands are outstanding! :)

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gali wrote:
Lee Stone wrote:Thank you so much for mentioning nuances! I feel like they make for interesting reading and employed them throughout.

Another point. Just as you say that club book reviews follow a certain boilerplate, I believe that most detective/mystery novels I've read follow a common boilerplate as well, making them comfortable but often forgettable. As a new writer, I didn't want to emulate any other author ... not in any way. That included a refusal to adhere to that boilerplate. The most obvious example of that is the two or three chapters that follow the resolution of Jerry's death. That death and its investigation were an event in "Free Fish Friday," not the crux of the story. The story is about people. There's risk in asking readers to travel outside the regular framework, but reviews have been very encouraging and downloads of the sequel even moreso.
Those nuances, and the departure from the mold, were what I loved about your book.
I agree Gali!
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Post by Lee Stone » 18 Oct 2015, 12:45

The sequel to "Free Fish Friday" will be available for free download all day tomorrow, Oct. 19. Titled "Barracuda," it is scheduled for review on this site in the near future. Hope you enjoy. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0113M ... entries*=0

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Post by bookowlie » 18 Oct 2015, 21:25

Thanks for the heads up. We will all have to regroup and discuss Barracuda in its own topic in a few weeks!
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Post by gali » 19 Oct 2015, 02:52

Lee Stone wrote:The sequel to "Free Fish Friday" will be available for free download all day tomorrow, Oct. 19. Titled "Barracuda," it is scheduled for review on this site in the near future. Hope you enjoy. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0113M ... entries*=0
Thank you, I downloaded the book. :)
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Post by bookowlie » 19 Oct 2015, 07:54

I got Barracuda this morning and already read the first three chapters. As much as I enjoyed Free Fish Friday, I like Barracuda even more so far! The pacing is quicker. One note - Honey Hook is officially off my favorite character list. :)
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Post by gali » 19 Oct 2015, 07:57

bookowlie wrote:I got Barracuda this morning and already read the first three chapters. As much as I enjoyed Free Fish Friday, I like Barracuda even more so far! The pacing is quicker. One note - Honey Hook is officially off my favorite character list. :)
Glad to hear it. :)
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Post by Lee Stone » 19 Oct 2015, 08:59

bookowlie wrote:I got Barracuda this morning and already read the first three chapters. As much as I enjoyed Free Fish Friday, I like Barracuda even more so far! The pacing is quicker. One note - Honey Hook is officially off my favorite character list. :)
How exciting is that! With the Slacker character and other elements established In FFF, I had a green light to charge forward. The fact that you downloaded it and bit into a few chapters means so much to me. I promise you just one thing: "Barracuda" is a different kind of story too.

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Post by bookowlie » 19 Oct 2015, 09:44

A nice thing I noticed is that Barracuda can also be read as a standalone book, for people who haven't read Free Fish Friday first. You included a good background of the characters and plot from FFF in the beginning Barracuda chapters. I think that's so important when writing a series, for each installment to "stand alone."
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Post by Lee Stone » 19 Oct 2015, 10:13

bookowlie wrote:A nice thing I noticed is that Barracuda can also be read as a standalone book, for people who haven't read Free Fish Friday first. You included a good background of the characters and plot from FFF in the beginning Barracuda chapters. I think that's so important when writing a series, for each installment to "stand alone."
Honestly, I can't imagine someone following the sequel without having read FFF - thus "Sequel to FFF" on the cover. However, I had to deal with the fact that months might pass between readings, so there had to be some "refreshers" sprinkled here and there. I tried to do that sparingly.

Future additions to the series will absolutely stand alone. I'm in complete agreement with that. Again, thanks for allowing me a shot at entertaining you.

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Post by bookowlie » 19 Oct 2015, 10:29

The reason I mentioned the important of standalone books within a series is that I would think an author would always like it if a reader happened to find a book on Amazon, or in a bookstore, that appeal to him/her. You wouldn't want to lose those readers who read a sample and don't buy it because they are confused. I am referring to people that haven't read previous installments of a series.
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Post by gali » 19 Oct 2015, 10:31

bookowlie wrote:The reason I mentioned the important of standalone books within a series is that I would think an author would always like it if a reader happened to find a book on Amazon, or in a bookstore, that appeal to him/her. You wouldn't want to lose those readers who read a sample and don't buy it because they are confused. I am referring to people that haven't read previous installments of a series.
I agree, though I always prefer to start a series from the first book.
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