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Tamara's Debut: The first Tammyverse novel (English Edition) Format Kindle
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- ASIN : B08H5V84M4
- Langue : Anglais
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- Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 389 pages
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And you see that's the problem. Maybe it's just me, but I just found the characters bland and boring, as was the story. Tammy's main personality trait seemed to be the fact she was transgender, boring.
Plus there's not that many books with transgender characters, let alone a transgender MC, but Tammy is so rich, and money gets you things, so I seriously doubt any trans readers will strongly identify with Tammy, her experiences are vastly different from mine, me being working class.
I've read many, many books with a biological woman as the MC who I identify with more, but yeah, the story uses her transness as a crutch, take away that and the story is bare bones. There are stories with a trans MC that are well written, but those have the MC's gender identity as a side detail, books with biological women don't (usually) focus mostly on their gender, and the ones that do are boring.
For an example of what I mean, read Texas two step. It has some of the same problems, the MC isn't like most trans women, and the book is a lot, lot shorter, but I found it much better than this book as it has lots of plot points other than the MC being transgender, so although the character's experiences are still probably vastly different from the average trans persons, the MC is much more interesting.
So yeah, in summary take the MC's gender identity and you're left with a bland, boring book with an MC who it's hard to identify with.
From my initial reading of the blurb on Amazon, I initially thought the books had a lot going for them. Set in the far north of Scotland in an area of outstanding natural beauty plus the trials and tribulations of a transgender boy to girl pupil trying to survive in an all boys boarding school, the situation was ripe for an interesting and challenging story. Shiraz, the author had a few good one-liners which made me laugh and which lifted the narrative plus an impressive list of characters. Her awareness and knowledge of legal matters and police procedures was convincing. Sadly however there was much that took the gloss off these books, turning what could have been a great serial into one that was less so.
The first and most startling problem given modern spelling and grammar checkers was the sheer volume of typos. There were omissions, additions, wrong choice of word, punctuation errors, misspelling as well as sentences that made little sense. The publication information states the books were written in 2010, revised in 2014 then re-edited for Kindle in 2020. I am astonished that with so many revisions there are still an unbelievably high number of writing errors. I would humbly suggest a different and more competent proof-reader needs to be employed. The readers of any book should be presented with a text that is as free from errors as it can possibly be. On this point alone the reader has been let down.
There was a great deal of dialogue in the stories, some of it good but an awful lot less so. At times it was difficult to work out who was saying what, particularly if it was a long exchange. There were no usual conventions used along the lines of ‘she said’ or ‘he replied’ or if there were, they were few and far between. Too often, conversations didn’t flow and at times ended abruptly with little or no explanation especially as there seemed more to say on the matter.
As said above, there were many characters in the stories. Sadly few of them were developed or had any depth. Here we had several youngsters living in difficult times yet it was hard to understand what was going on with them internally. Angela was a non-entity and clearly had major issues but these were not explored. Indeed she was portrayed as not having a mind of her but jumped at everyone else’s command or suggestion. She was a major character but there was limited information or appreciation of her issues. Tamara was a conundrum. One minute sorting everyone out, the next a nervous wreck and weeping. As with Angela there was no exploration of her mental state which would have been a rich source to mine and would have enhanced the story considerably. Tamara’s father Richard is an extraordinary character. His son tells him that he is now his daughter. ‘Oh that’s okay then’, said Richard or something like that. How realistic is that? Again there was no attempt to get to grips with the emotional upheaval for him.
There were endlessly repeated themes running throughout. At times it seemed as if on every other page someone was weeping and often several. This grew tiresome as the story progressed. That amount of crying is way over the top. All the characters seemed to drink coffee almost exclusively. Indeed there was not a day when coffee was not referenced. Why this focus on coffee rather than characters and/or plot? The other element which came again and again was cars and transport between the house, the cottage, the school and the town. It was too much.
The overall feeling after I’d read the first story was one of disappointment caused by the above plus other issues I have not commented upon. I felt the stories were disjointed and lacked depth. They did not flow as well as they could have and the ease of reading was at times unnecessarily hard.
The central theme of the stories was about two transgender teenagers yet this theme was hardly explored and that was a great disappointment. The stories in the main were event led with the transgender element less prominent than it should have been. There was almost a trivialisation of the issue as so much content was about the clothes, an important element of course, but there was very little about what was going on inside the characters.
I sincerely wish Shiraz success in her writing because she does have some good ideas and can produce a lot of good writing. However she must really do something about the huge number of errors in her script. Good luck.