It has been said that we will never know for sure what we would do in a given traumatic situation, or if we had to make an agonizing decision until we actually find ourselves in one of those situations. Fortunately, most of us never have to experience that trauma. The debut novel, The Town of Jasper, by James Gianetti, forces us to consider those types of things when an epidemic of an undiagnosed affliction causes approximately half of the town’s residents to become unconscious or comatose for five years. Strangely, the victims do not age during that time.
- I loved the book, but was very disappointed with the editing. Most of the numerous grammatical errors I blame on the editor. It also appears that computerized spell correction has struck again, changing words that shouldn’t have been changed such as changing “then” to “than” and “could” to “would”. Still, an attentive editor should have caught these things.
- Incorrect public health information in the prologue — there is no such thing as an infectious illness. There are, however, infectious diseases. The difference? A disease changes the body in some way. Illnesses, on the other hand, do not make permanent changes in the body.
- A lot of split infinitives and verb tense disagreement.