I don't often give perfect scores. This story, with no evident sex (although much is implied) hit all the right notes for me. Excellent character development, good back story, and well thought out issues and conclusion.
I fear Andrew Johns isn't going to like my review of The Millionaire Next Door, he's probably not going to like me much either. Though there was one aspect of his review I agreed with absolutely.
Quote: "Technically, there were 3 typos I noticed, and one sentence that seemed to be missing a few pieces. A few times the author forgot which character was speaking and used the wrong name as the indicator, making the story more difficult to read. These errors were few, but noticeable, and the distraction of trying to put the story back together was a distraction." Unquote.
From my point of view, Andrew missed Lazlo's point altogether. The ten Facts Of Life were undoubtedly the product of Lazlo Zalezac's tortured mind, but they are very close to the truth, if not fundamental truths in themselves. The three articles he discusses don't exist, unless he's written them himself and I don't know about it!
Lazlo uses a fairly broad brush to paint a picture that tells us that being able to set personal goals, and to treat others with respect and love, are two of the the most important things in our lives. He also makes a point that heterosexuality, and monogamy, are human constructs, not the natural order of human relationships.
This is a powerful story, and there were at least six times that I needed to brush away a tear, and several others where I laughed out loud, so not the story to read on a long flight or train journey! Lazlo Zalezac carries it all off with his own inimitable style, and I heartily recommend this story.
Read, and enjoy!
In "The Millionaire Next Door", we have the story of a H.S. senior with dyslexia that is the subject of derision from many of his fellow students. He is given a few articles to read by his best friend, and he starts to focus his life based on what he learns from the articles. Read along as he finds his way through life.
This story has no stroke value, despite it being coded for “Some Sex”. The closest the reader gets to any eroticism is a picture-taking scene where an artist is taking some stills for a future painting. Since the story advertised that sex would be present, and the nature of the relationships that form in the story, the lack of sex was a negative factor to my overall impression.
The plot for this story was quite good. Most of the characters were entertaining. The whole “girl who hates the main character for no decent reason and is nearly criminally insane with it” aspect felt forced, and while the very early story seemed to indicate that this animosity would be the central theme, it wasn’t. That time spent on her character felt wasted, and didn’t make the story better.
Technically, there were 3 typos I noticed, and one sentence that seemed to be missing a few pieces. A few times the author forgot which character was speaking and used the wrong name as the indicator, making the story more difficult to read. These errors were few, but noticeable, and the distraction of trying to put the story back together was a distraction.
Overall, the story was interesting. I liked the main character, though he was a little too altruistic, and I liked the women in his life. I was disappointed that sex was “advertised” by the coding, and there wasn’t anything remotely erotic about the whole tale.
If you are interested in stroke, don’t bother reading this one. If you are looking for an interesting story with no sexual content but with non-traditional relationships, consider giving this one a try.
This is not a stroke story and sometimes I wonder if Lazlo should maybe publish some of his stories. He is a great writer and this story prove that.
I really think everyone should read this story because everything is not about money, but happiness.
Reviewed: 2008-01-02 - (Review Updated: 2008-01-10)
This is a convoluted tale of a young man with a dream; not of wealth, but of happiness. Dan had a hobby, making the perfect pizza, and Tom his lifelong friend wanted nothing more than the perfect root beer. How they succeeded and their influence on each other made them richer than just money ever could.
One thing amongst many stands out is Lazlo's philosophy about a way of life in three simple suggestions first given to Dan by Tom, at least they can be copied down from the chapters as you read them.
I was so impressed with this story, that I broke my rule never to Review an unfinished story, but as you read it you'll see why.