Tue. Dec 10th, 2019

Read 4 Fun

Read the short reviews, read the book, comment

Good Story, Horrible Presentation

2 min read

Dutch Schultz is a name known to those who follow the culture and history of the United States during a particularly perverted social experiment known as Prohibition. This boxed set of three novels tells the story of Masie, the daughter of Dutch Schultz, as she matures from a family member school-aged daughter to becoming a confederate in an enterprise she despises. It is not the morality of illegal alcohol sales that bothers her, it is how the violent trade changed family members. Masie despises her father, the prominent gangster. She is barely tolerant of the way her brother, JD, has become the willing assistant and second in command of her father. And she would like to have a much closer relationship with step-brother Vinny, the Dutch Schultz family enforcer. Adopted into the family at a young age, he is not truly a brother to Masie. And that suits Masie fine as she considers another role for him.

Glitter & Gold: A Canary Club Anthology by Sherry D. Ficklin might be a very interesting read but I will not be able to know that or write any type of a complete review. It consists of three novelettes: Gilded Cage, All That Glitters, and Nothing Gold. I read the first and was impressed. There is a taut writing style that presents clear and straightforward conflicts which logically would be resolved in some manner by the succeeding “chapters.” But that couldn’t happen because in All That Glitters the right margin of all pages is cut off so that I have to mentally recreate what words might have been written. In Nothing Gold, the problem does not appear. The problem cannot be fixed by changing font size or viewing options.

I was even willing to overlook a few horrible proofreading gaffes; I would have returned the work to my students and demanded revision in order to get a grade above failing.

I would ask for my money back from Amazon but this is a Kindle Unlimited selection so my only remedy is to return the book.

So, a one-star review for what is probably a good set of novelettes. As a reader, I should not have to write one-third of the offered selection.



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