by Jeffrey L. Millman
This is one of a growing trend in self publishing. Now, I am not knocking the self publishing route, there are some draw backs to doing this. The most notable in this case is the large number of typographical and grammatical errors I am finding. Now don’t get me wrong, I make plenty of mistakes, but when reading a book I don’t want to feel I should be proof reading – it does take some of the enjoyment out of the experience.
The publishing companies charge a lot of money for editing and proof reading so I can’t blame anyone for cutting that particular corner. But of you are going to do away with the services of the publishers, you should at least get a friend to give it a quick once over.
So, putting aside my gripes about the typography and editing of the book, how was the story?
Well, it was actually very good and well told. It follows a year in the life of Real Johnson. Leaving his family and girlfriend behind in Florida, young Real finds love/lust, freedom and a taste of responsibility during his first year at Yale.
The book portrays a very different world and is obviously written from experience. The adventures sound too real to be anything else.
As Real comes to terms with living away from home and amongst new and very different people, he learns to juggle his sporting ambitions with his studies and his love life. Can he stay faithful to the girl he left behind? Is he good enough to make the swim team? Can he cope with the demands of his course?
All very good questions, and I wouldn’t dream of spoiling the book by telling you here.
I found the book to be entertaining, although some passages did tend to wander off the beaten track a little. Not as good as maybe some of the reviews made it out to be but good enough for me.
Would I read another Jeffrey Miller book? Not unless he manages to find an editor/proof reader…