Sunday, November 2, 2014

REVIEW: The Secret Guild of Glass Men

The Secret Guild of Glass Men
James Alexander

Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publisher: James Alexander
Publication date: 8.3.2014
Pages: 44

Recommended by: Read 2 Review
Date read: 11.1.2014

Summary: Suicide does not end the chances of life getting worse; suicide eliminates the possibility of it ever getting better.
            Like many, Guy Fellers has attempted suicide to escape his feelings of worthlessness and his deepest regrets.  Also, like many, his suicide attempt failed.  During the days following his attempted suicide, Guy realizes who cares most in his life.  It's not his family or friends.  It is his "outer self."  While trying to connect with his "outer self," Guy encounters a once unknown guild that will test him and give him a chance to find a far greater meaning in life than he could ever imagine.

This is one of the hardest reviews I've written in a long time.  Usually they are hard because I have so much to say and I don't want to give away too much; this one is hard because I don't even know where to start.  The storyline itself is a really good idea and very interesting.  Unfortunately, the actual book didn't live up to the expectations.  It was confusing, poorly edited (to the point of using the wrong words in spots), rambled on and on, conversations were awkward, and there were a lot of info dumps.  With such a great premise gone so wrong, it was really a disappointment (which is hard for me to say about any work of art, especially a book because I know how much hard these guys work on their product).  James, with a good editor (I know a few good ones and you are more than welcome to contact me if you're interested) and a little more work, this story good easily be 4 or 5 stars.

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