Oleander Girl by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Three Worms
Too many characters are used in the narrative form, which leaps back and forth with abandon. Good tale but difficult to follow. May have been helpful to include a map and glossary of terminology.
Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie Three Worms
Twists and turns delightful but difficult to connect with the rather irritating main character. Gross factor involved. Italicized narrative spoiled the ending.
Buying In by Laura Hemphill Two and a Half Worms
Solid technical explanations of the Wall Street process. Lacked deep character analysis.
The Philadelphia Quarry by Howard Owen Two and a Half Worms
Spartan tale needed more details. Extremely creepy element included.
The Measures Between Us by Ethan Hauser Two Worms
Lacked emotional connection to the characters. Did not explain actions or aftermath thoroughly.
FIVE WORMS = Perfection
FOUR AND A HALF WORMS = Excellent
FOUR WORMS = Very Good
THREE AND A HALF WORMS = Good
THREE WORMS = Fair, but readable
TWO AND A HALF WORMS = So-So
TWO WORMS = Oh-Oh
ONE WORM = No-No
NO WORMS = Oh, hell no!
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