Book Review #62

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The number of five star reviews is baffling—Mr.Benigno can’t have that many relatives.
I won’t go into the plot (others have rightly described it as cliched) but with the quality of writing. The author would benefit greatly from joining a writers’ workshop, hopefully as soon as possible. His prose is so purple it positively glows, his sentence structure is awkward, grammar shaky and spelling atrocious. He claims to be an attorney but it’s hard to believe someone who has gone through the rigors of law school wound up with such a poor grasp of the English language.
Just read this horrible example: “Ocean blue eyes searing though her straight blond hair alternated between my own glances and the fumbling files in my hands.” WTF??? This is not even a sentence. Are her eyes in the back of her head, peeking through her hair? And what are “fumbling files” for god’s sake? Doesn’t he ever do a rewrite or self-edit? And this: “…led us through a joulessey screened porch…” Could he by chance mean JALOUSIE? Doesn’t the man have spell-check? Scarier still, is this a supposedly educated man who doesn’t know what a jalousie is?
I suppose some people get off on this style of turgid writing, however if your IQ can be written in more than two digits, avoid this like the plague.

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