Thursday, August 28, 2014

Rich's review of Reasonable Malice by JT Sather

Reviewed by -- Rich Meyer

Book Review of -- Reasonable Malice
By JT Sather

My overall star rating -- from 1-5

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About the book:
Another adventure and life lesson from Jt Sather, author of How To Survive When the Bottom Drops Out, who encountered drug dealers, thieves and Las Vegas PD while in pursuit of his stolen video camera and committing what some might call felony kidnapping.

Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 16 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 7
-- Cover & title -- 5
-- Editing -- 4
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

My 5 point review:
-1- Fairly interesting story, but not nearly as good as his previous effort. The writing was also not nearly up to the level of his first book. It’s very half-assedly brutal, mostly realistic, but didn’t hold my interest very well. For some reason, most of the first chapter is repeated at the end of the book. Perhaps for some grasp at a dramatic hook? I don’t know … it just seemed weird and out of place in this kind of story. The story is not high art, it’s not bizarro, it’s just there.

-2- As with Sather’s previous book, the believability factor is there, but you never quite know if this was something that did happen. I tend to think it probably was, what with the somewhat trite way the entire story was resolved.  It’s not a really satisfying ending for the characters or the reader, as you sort of go “gee, why did they bother?”

-3- A third of the book is either a convoluted “about the author” diatribe or samples from his previous book. I understand that the author is probably using this as a promotional loss leader, but I absolutely hate book excerpts being used to pad out a page count. It cheats the reader as a buyer.

-4- Basic formatting issues abound, especially between sections of the book, where the text goes through at least three different sizes without the reader changing anything.  The chapter headings and titles are improperly indented. The table of contents does not delineate the story proper from the samples, going from “Chapter Nine” to “Chapter 1”.

-5-Basic misspellings are quite annoying. Corpus Christy? Dilema? How do you get those wrong? Especially with a word processor.

Reader Recommendations
Genre --  Memoirs
Age recommendations -- 18+
Sex content rating -- Adult
Violence rating -- Adult

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