Awakening by David Munro
This book is the third in a series of time-traveling novels. The concept of a magical mirror that can transport a person to another time zone is almost familiar and definitely not unique. It provides a reliable physical point of contact between the different time eras.
Much of the story is related through conversation. Descriptive passages are short and the social context of the era in question is identified by discussion between characters about music, news, and football, for example. At times, this device appears stilted and the conversation does not flow authentically.
The plot meanders somewhat and the characterization is superficial. The synopsis suggests an interesting storyline, but the novel fails to deliver its potential to the reader. There are shifts in tense and repetitive passages. Many of the characters appear to have a cough and when in an emotional situation develop raspy voices. There is much pondering throughout the book and clumsy sentence construction.
Sadly, I found many instances of grammatical and contextual errors that should have been picked up in the editing process.
‘She took position in front of a board, which encompassed her body.’
‘This vibrant individual has a stylish red top and tight black trousers, therefore, pleasing on the eye.’
‘I spotted and empty chair, where a woman wearing a nurse’s uniform underneath a jacket sat.’
‘A door banged to and fro, therefore, I hadn’t secured it’.
‘Her blond hair in a ponytail added to a pleasant appearance.’
‘Where to begin the story still ponders, however, I’ve gone for an ideal location’.
David Munro spoke eloquently about his book in a talk I attended. I looked forward to reading it and have been greatly disappointed. During his talk, he mentioned that he watched films and seldom read books. It is clear from his writing that he is greatly influenced by screen drama and unfortunately his lack of literary awareness impacts negatively on his novel.
I am sorry to say that I cannot recommend this.
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