I have to admit that there are very few books on this good green earth that I can't compel myself to finish once I've picked them up, but Terry C. Barber's Unlock the Prison Doors (Advantage Inspirational, 2005) is one of them.
The author's sentiment, while laudable, doesn't make up for the fact that the book is in DIRE need of an editor. It's chalk full of pacing issues, misorganization, and tons of grammatical and mechanical issues. I couldn't get past page 30.
The sad thing is, that I suspect the author is probably a good orator--that doesn't, however, make him a good writer. It would be worth his while to invest in some editing and copyediting, as the books disorganization, choppiness, and other style issues distract from what might be noteworthy content. I just wasn't willing to take the time to find out because I had to work too hard to sludge through the first 30 pages.
Maybe I'll try again, but this one's for the birds if you ask me.
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Monday, July 11, 2005
So, it would appear, according to my blog, that I've read nothing of interest and done nothing notable for over a month now; that is, however, absolutely not the case. I've been so consumed with work and moving offices and so on, that my blog has had to go on hiatus. Apologies. So, I hope to post a bunch later this week on books from Mind & Media and a response to some of Joe's questions. Ta Ta for now.