Book Review | Duckegg
Oh, Duckegg. I admit, I was eager to read Duckegg & Persons of Interest…the storyline sounded so intriguing, so fresh, that I entered into this novel with high expectations. Now, that isn’t to say that I was wrong…but I was disappointed.
I was disappointed in the writing itself…for the story remains an interesting one, and worth reading. But, the punctuation, the grammar, and the mechanics left a bit to be desired. For example, what does this mean: “In his youth, his two pre-occupations had been food and sex–his.” His sex? I don’t know. And why is the author hyphenating preoccupation? By the way, the author hyphenates a lot. Like a whole lot. As in, “shut-up” and “wait-up.”
Then there are grammar mistakes like the use of “who’s” instead of “whose” and consistent punctuation difficulties with commas and quotations. I was intrigued by this statement: “No…o.o.” What in the world is that? Or, “the wind blew the snow up against his scurvied face…” Did Duckegg actually have scurvy? Or was the author implying that he was mean and despicable? Of course, that’s ignoring the fact that “scurvied” isn’t really a word.
In addition, the author doesn’t transition at all. Every time the scene changes or we move to another character, it just abruptly switches. At times, it can be a little distracting, because it’s flowing along, and you’re reading about one situation and, boom. The very next sentence is about someone else. Now, I get that some authors know how to incorporate that sort of transition, and it works. Not so much with Duckegg.
That being said, I still read the entire story, and not because I “had” to, because I wanted to. It was still interesting and I still wanted to find out what was going to happen. I was annoyed along the journey by the technical errors, but it wasn’t enough to get me to give up on Duckegg.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*