Ragged Cliffs and Shabby Prose

Ragged Cliffs is available on Amazon.com for 1p – and that’s a signed copy, no less, which shows that the hard work Julian puts into book signings is definitely paying off.

We have to admit that we bought a review copy (we thought that Julian probably deserved whatever percentage he gets of that 1p) in the expectation that there would be some moments of bad writing in it – we were judging from Julian’s website, after all.

What we didn’t expect was to find such a superb and sustained assault upon the English language.  We’d be hard pressed to describe the English language as an innocent victim, what with it having been used to help subjugate indigenous people all around the globe – so we’d like to salute Jules for hitting back at it so relentlessly.

If you’re a fan of incorrect punctuation, stilted descriptions, wooden characterisations and tedious repetitions, there are gems in store for you on every single page.

To prove that bold assertion, we’re going to quote a sentence or two from each page – one per day for the next 272 days (or whenever Jules takes out a cease and desist order – he’s not a fan of free speech!).

Jewels from Page 1

‘Sixteen-year-old Lise Jacobson listened and tried to understand.  Her young mind was unable to distinguish between War and hatred.’  By the time you’ve finished the first chapter, you’ll know how she felt.

”Hope’, the girl twisted the word around from each corner of her mind and tried hard not to despair.’  Again, it won’t be long before you feel the same way.  How do you twist a word from a corner of your mind?  And why has that semi-colon been decapitated?  In fact, a full stop would probably be better there.  If you donated 1op to this blog for every time Jules uses a comma incorrectly in this book, you’d be extremely poor, and we’d be on a permanent holiday.

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One response to “Ragged Cliffs and Shabby Prose

  1. RI

    Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha ha, ha, ha, ha!!!!!! (you see, there IS a use for repetition – thank you Julian. Oh, and for commas.)

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