Monday, September 26, 2011

Super review of White Lightning

5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, September 23, 2011
Susan O'Neill (Andover, MA USA) - See all my reviews

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This review is from: White Lightning: Murder In The World Of Stock Car Racing (Volume 1) (Paperback)

I just finished the Kindle edition of White Lightning, and I'm impressed. G.C. Smith is quite the writer. And researcher: I don't know where he gets his information about NASCAR, the Carolina Low Country, or what a transvestite wears to hide his/her tell-tale bulge, but it all feels authentic and unforced.

This is a formulaic (no pun intended) tale about the hero-done-wrong who fights the corrupt good-ole-boy system to clear himself and a friend of murder charges by playing detective. But the writing sets it above the concept; it's skillful, wry and great fun to read, and moves the action along smartly. His characters are three-dimensional and enjoyable. And if the ending seems a bit too happy-ever-after, what the hell--it's NASCAR. Anything less would've been a disappointment.

The only complaint I have is my usual rant about self-published books: Smith needs an editor. The punctuation sometimes made me itch, and there are several typos that should have been cleaned up before this hit the stage. That said, even though I tend to get hung up on stuff like that, this was such a pleasure to read that missing commas and quote marks didn't throw me off my stride.

It's worth noting that if he'd published this with a big house--which should've happened--they would've done the editing.

Too bad. Their loss.

Susan O'Neill
Don't Mean Nothing

Sunday, September 4, 2011

They would


Who would save the world?
zealots who have all answers

Those who would censor you and me
while loudly exclaiming love of freedom

Purveyors of political correctness
squelchers of the right to divergent opinion

The know-it-alls who brook no dissent
while cramming ideology down out ignorant throats

The self righteous flag waving, cross bearing keepers
of all that they consider inviolable while they violate you and me

Who would save the world?
the know-nothings who believe that they know all

And if they save the world
it will not be fit place for human habitat