“ZIGGY TWO STEP – COURIER EXTRAORDINAIRE”
by Mark Goodwin
REVIEWED BY: Books4Tomorrow
Who would ever have imagined that being a bicycle courier could be so exciting, dangerous and demanding? Ziggy Two Step is oblivious to most of what is happening around him even though he is often the cause of it. Follow Ziggy Two Step, courier extraordinaire, as he delivers urgent packages throughout Riverton.
The blurb didn’t really grab my attention, so I begrudgingly started reading this novella, expecting something mediocre and dull. Well, I was only somewhat disappointed. The story started out well enough and the first half was fun to read, but the rest of the story felt like crashing down from an adrenaline high. The last half of the story lost its momentum and left me with the impression that the author was either losing interest, or was unsure which direction to go with the conclusion. Thus the ending is especially disappointing.
Ziggy Two Step is an interesting and fairly likeable character, but rather one-dimensional. The trouble he obliviously gets into is quite hilarious. The basis of this short story is unique, and had it been a full-length novel, it easily would’ve had a bigger impact. But the author tried too hard to squeeze a multi-layered plot into a few pages, which resulted in underdeveloped characters, and a plot with so much potential, simply falling flat.
Overall, “Ziggy Two Step – Courier Extraordinaire” is a rather enjoyable read with lots of laugh-out-loud moments, and since it’s free for download, worth the thirty minutes it takes to read. It is, however, in serious need of more editing.
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