Steve Silkin was born in New York, grew up in Los Angeles, then traveled across Europe. He once escaped arrest for trespassing at a skyscraper under construction by fleeing from the LAPD on his bicycle.
The Telescope Builder and Other Storiesby Steve Silkin
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My junior high was named for the man who built the telescope that unveiled the secrets of the universe. These are the tragedies that began during my days there, and continued ... "He sets up his characters, reveals the situation and then tears through your consciousness like a bullet," says Jonathan Penton, editor of the online literary review Unlikely Stories.
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Excellent set of short stories. All are well written and make you want to know what happened next. Also every story seemed to make you wonder what could have happened to you at that point in your life. Great way to spend an afternoon in the sun. GREAT JOB.
Overall: A pleasing read throughout that gives more to the reader than the description alludes. If you base your decision to read on the description you may pass this up but then it would be a mistake. Point of View: The book reads from the main characters point of view. Interesting to start the novel off as a student in junior high. Voice: I believe the cursing was a bit much but it did add to the beleivability of the character. Character Development: Silkin is, as usual, flawless in his development of the character and takes you into the main character so well that you start emotionally connecting. Plot: A bit farsided but beleivable. Dialogue: You will remember the days of you growing into adulthood and using "adult" language. Pacing: I was so wrapped up I read it everywhere I went. The pace locks onto you and doesn't let go. You just have to get to that next page. Setting: Silkin paints the exact portrait of what he wants you to see. The setting matches the book perfectly. Continuity: I was never backtracked, not even once, and was able to do any menial thing, like eat, and come back without missing a beat.
I found the individual stories lacking when compared to the overall story that is the totality of the short stories. The overall is a simplistic compendium of a young teenager. I am not into YA stories so this read was not for me. However, if you read each story and can commit yourself to finishing, you should be well satisfied if you like this genre.