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Official Review: The Misadventures Of Jimmy Crookshank

Post by kislany » 04 Jun 2019, 03:00

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Misadventures Of Jimmy Crookshank" by D.R. Blair.]
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2 out of 4 stars
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The Misadventures Of Jimmy Crookshank by D.R. Blair is about an Australian criminal, pot grower, and rather unpleasant guy who travels from sunny Australia to freezing England to help a buddy set up his own weed-growing business. Once there, he has lots of adventures, mishaps, and escapades which make him realize his job might not be as easy as anticipated.

I was excited to read about Jimmy’s mischiefs; however, shortly after meeting him, I hated him. There was a palpable discrepancy between the Australian Jimmy and the one in England. They had two different personalities. The few flashbacks and comments about his character showed the Aussie guy as a legend, well-versed in his trade, who had a whole fan club of loyal friends and customers, and who had no troubles putting his wits and charms to work to get what he wanted. He was a successful crook that every wannabe criminal aspired to be.

The guy in England was anything but successful. He had two left feet, did everything wrong, and couldn’t get anything done without being extremely lucky. He couldn’t even get laid when he paid hookers in Amsterdam. The guy was the embodiment of every blond joke out there.

As much as I love reading funny stories with engaging main protagonists, I couldn't connect with Jimmy at all. He doesn’t have any redeemable traits. He doesn’t have a conscience and only cares about people insofar as they give him drugs or help him out. He's racist, sexist, he makes fun of overweight women, blames every screw-up on his friends, and he's just a despicable person. He is not a protagonist you want to root for. The story doesn’t have a hero you can sympathize with. The main character doesn’t grow or evolve throughout the book at all.

Having said that, the last few chapters offered my first belly laugh. Without spoiling anything, it all happened around the time someone died. I will never forget that particular way of burying a body. Suddenly, Jimmy had funny and clever ideas. I loved those last chapters. This was the book I was looking forward to reading with the peculiar crook having unusual flashes of insights to get out of trouble.

As for the writing style, the dialogue seemed somewhat artificial. The author knows to write, and you can get a glimpse of his brilliance every now and then, but the conversations try too much to be funny.

In terms of editing, this was my second biggest letdown in the book. The pages were filled with grammatical and punctuation errors. Semicolons were used routinely instead of commas, comma splices were the norm, and words were missing from phrases. The manuscript needs proofreading and professional editing since every single page has major grammatical issues.

Thus, I give The Misadventures Of Jimmy Crookshank 2 out of 4 stars. I don’t give it one star because the ending had some seriously fun material. When the book is properly edited and the first part is revisited, I can recommend it to readers who enjoy lighthearted, amusing books involving drugs where the main character is a likable jerk.

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Post by kandscreeley » 05 Jun 2019, 09:56

That's odd. I wonder why the guy is so different from Australia to England. I'm interested in the last few chapters, but I don't think I want to read the all the rest to get to them. Therefore, I'll probably pass. Thanks for the information, though.
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Post by kdstrack » 05 Jun 2019, 14:58

I found some humor in your first paragraph. An 'experienced' weed grower goes to England and has trouble figuring out how to move his product in his new country! Too much inhaling?? Maybe I would see the humor in this book! Your humor brightened my day. Thanks!!

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Post by Wilkister94 » 06 Jun 2019, 02:35

The Misadventures Of Jimmy Crookshank by D.R. Blair seems like a nice book. I will love to read about Jimmy's mischief. Your humourous way of writing the review makes me think that the book is full of humor. Is it? Nice review.
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Post by TuyetMai » 08 Jun 2019, 12:34

It sounds like an action-packed adventure with plenty of humor. I understand how you feel about Jimmy. The antiheroes aren't really for me either because it's so difficult to connect with them. It's great that you were able to enjoy the book regardless. Thanks for the review.

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Post by Scarlet Nicoll » 10 Jun 2019, 00:29

Sounds like an unusual but a promising read, too bad about the errors. Thank you for this delightful review!

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Post by phills » 16 Jun 2019, 08:26

The Misadventures Of Jimmy Crookshank" by D.R. Blair.
It is a narrative story of a guy whose business trails is well known of a bad record right from Australia , he travels to England as well to help a friend on his weed business
I also learnt that there is an Ironical tag on Jemmy, while he was in Australia he run his business smoothly making sure he reaches his goal
But while he is in England he displays the opposite by leaving a rough life, drugery and all sort of negative Life..

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Post by c4bersg1rl » 10 Jul 2019, 15:23

The character shift seems weird to me. How can one be profitable and prosperous in one country then have nothing but screw-ups in another? Sounds like this book, "The Misadventures of Jimmy Crookshank", by D.R. Blair has more issues than once thought. Thanks but I think I will give this one a pass, however thank you for your review.
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Post by janelwhite » 17 Jul 2019, 12:41

This sounds like a very unique story. I do agree that if you don’t like the main character it is difficult to connect with the story. Thank you for noting the artificial dialogue and grammatical errors. Thank you for that review!

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Post by Nisha Ward » 25 Jul 2019, 00:11

The characterisation sounds like it's very hit and miss, but I can't help but be curious. I mean, you teased a rather interesting way to bury a body and now I want to know what that's about. Thanks for the review!
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