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Official Review: Li Bais shadow by Lee J Mavin

Post by Nivi Gideon » 24 Jun 2019, 10:15

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Li Bais shadow" by Lee J Mavin.]
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2 out of 4 stars
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This is one story that captivated me right from the start to the finish. I absolutely loved Lee J Mavin's style of writing and the many different techniques he has tactfully employed in this novel.

To begin with, the characterization is exceptional. The novel is not traditionally divided into chapters as in other novels, but is just a collection of entries giving the reader a glimpse into the minds of the main characters, namely, Caitlin, Steven, Li Bai and Susan. In short, all the events in the novel are conveyed through the thoughts of these characters. There is no omniscient author who narrates the story; this gives us a deeper understanding of each characters’ mindset and thought processes. The author has done a marvelous job by giving a subtle change in his writing style for each character, making it easier to form a reader-character bond.

The story is wonderfully absurd and unique. Caitlin initially seems like a child suffering from severe OCD and hence constantly talks to an imaginary character by the name of Li Bai, who was a great poet during the Tang dynasty. But one begins to question the real existence of this imaginary character when the author writes about his thoughts and feelings as well. Towards the end of the novel, it is safe to say that Li Bai is not simply a figment of Caitlin’s imagination, but has some sort of spiritual/mystical bond with her, until he eventually let's her go.

I love that the author has made a brilliant mix between the highly practical world along with the magical. On one hand, we have Susan and Steven, two Australians trying to fight their way through the many cultural hurdles they face in China to rescue Caitlin, while on the other hand we have Caitlin and Li Bai, encountering emperors and palaces and having the most amazing adventure of their lives.

Though I absolutely loved the book and found it incredibly entertaining, it broke my heart to find the editing horrendous. There were a minimum of three typographical errors in each page and that ruined the overall rating of the book. I was also surprised to find that every now and then, the name of the character speaking was not mentioned and the reader had to guess using the tone of the character. This was also a rather huge error that went unnoticed while the novel was edited. Therefore, I am forced to give the book two out of four stars, only because of this reason.

Apart from the mistakes mentioned above, I absolutely loved Li Bais Shadow and will definitely give it another read in the future!

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Post by kandscreeley » 27 Jun 2019, 08:49

It really does stink when you have to rate an otherwise good novel lower just due to the editing. I do hope the author is able to take your advice to heart and get some proofreading done at the very least! Thanks so much for your review.
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Post by ivana7 » 27 Jun 2019, 10:11

I appreciate authors who know how to handle the topic of OCD. This seems to be a very rich book, given the adventures the characters have, as well as numerous interesting places, such as China. I'm very sorry that the book contained a lot of typographical errors. All in all, thank you for an excellent review!

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Post by LeeleeByoma » 27 Jun 2019, 10:31

Well, three typos per page are a lot. I would gladly pick up an edited version. Thanks for this review.

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Post by Stephanie Elizabeth » 27 Jun 2019, 10:34

It is too bad about the poor editing.thank you for a great review!

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Post by Cecilia_L » 27 Jun 2019, 16:16

It's such a shame when an otherwise exceptional book lacks sufficient editing. Thanks for your honest review.

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Post by Nivi Gideon » 30 Jun 2019, 13:08

kandscreeley wrote:
27 Jun 2019, 08:49
It really does stink when you have to rate an otherwise good novel lower just due to the editing. I do hope the author is able to take your advice to heart and get some proofreading done at the very least! Thanks so much for your review.
I completely agree with you! Thank you for your time!!

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Post by Nivi Gideon » 30 Jun 2019, 13:09

Cecilia_L wrote:
27 Jun 2019, 16:16
It's such a shame when an otherwise exceptional book lacks sufficient editing. Thanks for your honest review.
Thanks for stopping by!:)

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Post by Nivi Gideon » 30 Jun 2019, 13:09

Stephanie Elizabeth wrote:
27 Jun 2019, 10:34
It is too bad about the poor editing.thank you for a great review!
Thank you!:))

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Post by Nivi Gideon » 30 Jun 2019, 13:19

LeeleeByoma wrote:
27 Jun 2019, 10:31
Well, three typos per page are a lot. I would gladly pick up an edited version. Thanks for this review.
Thank you for your comment!

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Post by Nivi Gideon » 30 Jun 2019, 13:20

ivana7 wrote:
27 Jun 2019, 10:11
I appreciate authors who know how to handle the topic of OCD. This seems to be a very rich book, given the adventures the characters have, as well as numerous interesting places, such as China. I'm very sorry that the book contained a lot of typographical errors. All in all, thank you for an excellent review!
I'm glad you enjoyed it and completely agree with you!

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Post by kdstrack » 02 Jul 2019, 11:26

The creative quality of this book is appealing. I really enjoyed how you described the way the author wrote the story from the character's thoughts. The errors are a huge drawback, but this one still sounds intriguing. Great review!

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Post by esp1975 » 12 Aug 2019, 12:38

This sounds like a wonderful concept and a book that could be truly fabulous given an extra editing pass or two.

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Post by Nisha Ward » 03 Sep 2019, 10:03

This sounds lovely. The idea of a girl having a mystical spiritual connection with an ancient Chinese poet is new, to say the least, and her being Australian was unexpected. Too bad about the editing because it sounds like there's a lot to this book for the reader to discover. Thanks for the review!
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