Today’s second team review is from Terry she blogs at http://terrytylerbookreviews.blogspot.co.uk/
Terry has been reading Atomic Number Sixty by Dave Johnston
Atomic Number Sixty by Dave Johnston
3 out of 5 stars
This is an unusual book, split into sixty chapters that take one minute to read, each. It’s based around a girl called Holly, her parents, friends, love life and thoughts on life.
It’s pleasant enough to read, certainly ‘high speed reading’ for today’s busy lives, and quite funny in places but generally I felt the humour missed the mark and the ‘kookiness’ of the characters was overdone; the quality wasn’t as consistent as it needs to be for a book this short. The main character is female but her ‘voice’ seemed male to me; it’s often quite challenging to write as the opposite sex. Also, there are quite a few punctuation errors and an excess of exclamation marks that I found irritating.
It’s a great concept, clever, but I think more thought should have gone into the actual writing. Sorry I can’t be more positive, but a review is only one opinion; I’m sure a lot of others will like it very much.
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Thanks, Terry. It sounds like an intriguing concept but perhaps the execution didn’t live up to it.
That was how I felt. There were some great ideas, but when you’re writing a very short book there is no room for weak parts; it’s kind of concentrated!
Terry, like you I’m intrigued by this concept but pity it didn’t work out for the best. Excessive use of exclamation mark is a big no-no in novels!!!!
Too bad the novel short-changes itself, though the premise is interesting.