Saturday, July 4, 2015

Grumpy Old Wizards by John O'Riley

Grumpy Old Wizards
Grumpy Old Wizards
Price: $0.00

1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, Predictable, ChildishJuly 4, 2015

Fifty years after the Disaster, the world is vastly different from days of old. Wizardry is the norm and magical talent is categorized. Josephine O'Connor, an eighty-four-year-old with a penchant for off-beat antics, is a category six, which means she possesses magical powers as rare as they are unsettling and a talent for psychometry that is so strong and acute that she can read the psychic impressions in a room without touching anything. 
With her unique physiology, she’s over 80 years of age and still gets carded at R-rated movies. Most of the time it’s flattering but it can sometimes be a nuisance. For the most part, Josephine spends her days like any other retirement community member. She plays cards with friends, attends get-togethers, and occasionally visits the beach until she is called upon by the police to investigate a crime scene left behind by a suspect with powers equal to her own. 
Now the race is on. Can an out-of-practice wizard marshal her abilities and catch a menace before he becomes so powerful even she can’t stop him? 


I rarely write one star reviews, but I just had to let my thoughts and feeling out. The cover, book description and some of the reviews I read, led me to believe that this book was going to be right up my alley. It was not what I was led to believe it was going to be. Had I been told that this book was written by a junior high school child I would have stood up and cheered. But this was written by an adult; and to add insult to injury this adult has won awards. Most likely NOT on this book though.

Choppy, repetitive writing.
One dimensional characters.
Childish characters.
Stark, bland interactions between characters.
Unemotional dialogue and characters.



The glowing reviews dumbfound me, the negative votes on any critical reviews, no matter how blandly and nicely written is a crime and a mark against the ethics of the editor or the aut...well I'll just leave it there

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