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Book Title: Mind Games and Mysterious Strangers|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 1.84 MB
v The author of the book: Jean Stites
Edition: Jean Stites
Date of issue: 2012
ISBN 13: 9781480145535
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(This review may contain spoilers).
I didn't realise at first that there were two stories in this book. It wasn't a problem, but I was a little surprised that there were. I felt that both of the stories were the right length - long enough to hold my attention and keep me reading, but not too long, which can make me bored.
I did notice quite a bit of repetitiveness, particularly in the first story. 'Go figure' and 'stay tuned' were, in my opinion, used far too much. I also noticed a lot of sentences that began with 'while', but didn't end with the second part, which meant there were a lot of sentence fragments that didn't make sense.
Zelma and everything about her was really interesting. I was disappointed that nothing was confirmed about her, though there were plenty of clues to indicate that she wasn't a normal human. I also kept getting confused with whether things were taking place in the present time or the past. I suppose it read more like a journal entry than a person telling a story about his past, but I'm not sure I was too fond of that style.
I think the second story was probably my favourite. I liked Norman and the way his form kept changing, though, again, there wasn't enough revealed for my liking. I liked the fact that Norman was from Earth, too.
Going back to the first story... I did like the way Zelma could see, or feel, colours. I think it's a skill people could probably develop - for instance, I have a friend who's blind, but she really loves pink things. (Conversely, another friend who's blind really doesn't like pink).
The first story especially was peppered with all these random facts. I'm not sure they'd be useful for anything outside of pub quizzes - or maybe game shows that rely on general knowledge, such as 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire?' - but they were certainly interesting and seemed to fit in particularly well with the style of the story. And some of the questions came across as really well-thought-out.
I did like the ending of the second story. It amused me and I thought it worked with the general feel of the story. Despite the issues I mentioned above, I quite liked reading this book and I think I'd definitely recommend it to a younger readership.
Read information about the authorJean Stites is a writer and musician from the San Francisco Bay Area who thanks you so very much for reading and wishes you an especially pleasant day.
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