Charles J Eskew III resides in Columbus, OH where he writes in coffee shops, empty parks, and other pretentious locations...Oh look! A scenic ocean view!
Gregory Wayne Martin
on Nov. 19, 2014 :
As a Smashwords author myself, I occasionally peruse the site, looking for other writers that are worth recommending to my readers. If nothing else, I figure it's just polite. Most times I get frustrated a few paragraphs in and start searching again.
This story made me stop.
It wasn't the piece itself, although it certainly has it's attraction, a dark and touching allure. What struck me is that Mr. Eskew is actually very gifted, despite being unskilled. Reading this piece is like looking at a painting by an artist that you can tell is truly talented, but hasn't learned what each of the brushes are for yet. At times it's even like the artist doesn't know the difference between acrylic and oil paint. He makes up for it though, by somehow still creating a beautiful, albeit messy, image.
His similes and metaphors are superb and the tale itself is very poetic. There's a dank humor that envelopes this sensitive tale and a touching morality to it. I found myself overlooking the plethora of grammatical errors and changes in writing tense to finish it. In short, all he needs is a good editor (maybe a writer's group or a class or two) and he could really garner some genuine attention from an agent and publishers. It also couldn't hurt to reformat the thing for premium status here.
Let me end by addressing the author himself. Mr. Eskew, you shouldn't quit your day job...yet. You should however, work really hard at your writing skills, because your talent may one day make it very possible to do so. Nice stuff. Keep it up.
(review of free book)