Reviewed: 2016-04-10 - (Review Updated: 2016-04-10)
I read this looking for a follow up to the Twice Lucky stories by this author. This story happens in the same universe as the other three, at a point in time about 15 years after Divergence left off. In it, the MC finds that he is a projective empath, and that his family may have historical ties to the Turner family from the Twice Lucky books.
The author has made great strides in this one compared to previous stories of his that I read. The sex scenes are varied, with some going into detail while others are almost understated. All in all, I believe that, at least for my taste, he does a very good job of mixing the two.
For plot, I give the story a B (7). It could possibly score higher, but there are too many unanswered points due to the fact that Twice Lucky III is incomplete, yet the author refers back to it as if we should be able to know what happened. The author still jumps around in time a bit, sometimes introducing a character, then shortly afterwards telling the reader what will happen a year or many years down the road with that character, then bouncing back to the MCs present timeline. Those asides about the future, in my opinion, would be better served in the Epilogue rather than interspersed throughout the story.
For technical quality, I also give it a B(7). There are still a number of grammatical or spelling errors, but again somewhat improved.
For appeal to me, this is a type of story I enjoy reading, so I give it an A(8). How could it have rated higher? I would have liked to see how, following the tragedy near the end of the story, the MC recovered and took over his life. There is a very brief summary of it at the end, along with an introduction to another story, which was not posted. I believe the subsequent years would have been just as interesting as the couple of years covered in the story. Some terms (e Kids,for one) are introduced but not explained, leaving the reader to try to guess what was meant.
Overall, still a very enjoyable read for me. Oh, if you are not a walking dictionary, you may want to have one handy when reading this. The author uses a number of words that would be at home in the SAT, perhaps as a way to show that the MC was not really as normal as he tries to let on. This is, after all, supposed to be his journal.
Joe J is one of my favorite Authors. It all started with Jake Turner, and is now centered on our Hero Joe Pulaski.
It all starts off as a simple story of a young man's rise to Adulthood, and the women and young girls, and children he meets and loves. Slowly but surely his empathic powers grow, and his Family's centuries old Polish Ethics fashion the way he treats everyone he meets. But the women that he makes his lifelong lovers not only complete his life he completes theirs. Of course the Turners surface, and the thought arises that maybe the Pulaskis are somehow related to Turners.
The story is told as an essay written as a class project at the request of his wonderful English Teacher, and relates up to a point in time and then stops suddenly. Leaving a few questions unanswered.