Recent Reviews for L C Evans
Jobless Recovery (Book) - 1/27/2011 12:17:48 AM|
Pretty nice "excerpt." However, Dave Griffith works "for" the corporation. The corporation "is" his boss. Although he's entirely right to feel as he does about the outsourcing or canceling out of American workers for cheaper labor elsewhere .... that's personal.
He's part of a business context where it's really not about how "he" feels personally about anything .... but, instead, it's about how the corporation moves "personally" on the policies it chooses to pursue.
So, within the context of the corporation, it wants to maximize it's dollars. The objective of the corporation is to increase its profit margin without kinks.
Dave became a "kink" expressing himself below corporate expectations.
Moralistically, and patriotically, Dave is 100% right in terms of sentiment; however, in terms of the corporation's policy, he is 100% wrong.
Dave doesn't create the corporate policy. The chosen direction of the corporation wasn't any part of his decision to make or to criticize as he's on their time and on their property.
So, although I completely agree with the character's viewpoint, my focus is more on the context and the timing of his expressions of it. His conveyances of discontent over this money-mongerism is well placed with me, but it's completely contrary to the corporation's objectives.
When you're with a corporation, and it determines it's course of action, you may not agree with it, but when you start verbalizing this among your co-workers, you're actually working against the very people who are authorizing your paychecks.
A few years ago, I worked for a corporation called: Warranty USA. Their corporate policy was to scam as many people in America who owned motor vehicles as they could.
I didn't realize what was actually going on until a few people I called "shot back" with complaints about no service, poor service, and being swindled by that very corporation. I quit. After about two weeks, I quit.
This was their machine. Not mine. And, I really wasn't interested in procuring any more victims for them. That was no place for me.
So, for our character in LC Evan's novel, I'm not sympathetic. You don't wave patriotic flags to traitors. They want their 30 shekels of silver. Just leave. Just like Judas Iscariot, Warranty USA inevitably hung itself. Sorry I missed the procession.
Talented Horsewoman (Book) - 2/1/2009 11:28:46 AM
LC Evans' "Talented Horsewoman" is a wonderful story, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good murder mystery.
The story's main character, Leigh McRae, lives in a small town in Florida. She is a single mother and divorcee to an annoyingly controlling ex-husband. When the story begins, she is on her way to meet a fellow horsewoman, Rita, at Rita's farm. She finds Rita, but unfortunately finds her dead. It is up to Leigh to follow her hunch and prove that Rita's death was not an accidental fall from a hayloft: it was calculated murder.
Evans' fine attention to detail makes even a stranger to the Florida area understand the sights, sounds, and feelings of heat, dust, humidity, bugs, ominous storms and the like... as though he or she had lived in the area his or her whole life. Needless to say, given this fine skill, if Evans wants the reader to think Kenneth (the ex-husband) is annoying.....know that he will be under the reader's skin.
Talented Horsewoman was crafted by nothing less than a Talented Author.
author, "Confidential Communications"
Talented Horsewoman (Book) - 8/22/2008 4:29:02 AM
The story held together well, with believable characters, settings, and storyline.
The characters were well developed and you either love or hate certain characters very quickly.
The story of a single mom raising a teenage daughter and still at odds with her ex-husband. All of these things bring real life situations to the storyline.
The single mom finds the body of her friend at what looks like a terrible accident. She slowly determines that the supposed accident is really murder. It is apparent she is no super sleuth, but she certainly tries hard to unravel the mystery and find the culprit.
The perpetrator is well masked until the end of the book when all is revealed in an entertaining manner.
All in all a pleasent read with no vulgarity, gore, or extreme language. It contains very good and well-paced "PG" rated dialogue. This is a mystery novel acceptable for the entire family.
Benjamin Blue - author of Storm Killer
Talented Horsewoman (Book) - 8/15/2008 5:39:43 AM
Sounds like a great read. Linda
The Real Truth About Patsy, Pedro, and the Church Dog (Short Story) - 10/12/2008 7:37:29 PM
This story was great, I could see it all unfolding before my eyes like a play. Now that's descriptive power! I love the Southern element too...my parents were from the South,and it sounds familiar. The only thing is, I felt so sorry for the dogs!
A Helping Hand (Short Story) - 9/5/2008 7:40:40 PM
I love the creativity of this line:
"The next thought danced into her head as if it had waited forty years to make its debut."
This story pulled me in and kept my attention till its ironic conclusion. I love the way you managed to have so much happen in such a short writing time! Excellent work:)
The Wicked Stepcar (Short Story) - 8/31/2008 9:08:02 AM
This is a fun-to-read story. I couldn't help but think about Stephen King's "Christine". Definitely your story has its own unique qualities, though. I love the description of the woman's lips after she kissed the car! I also liked the justice-served, happy ending. Well done! Hugs-
A Helping Hand (Short Story) - 8/25/2008 10:42:31 AM
This was a perfect, uplifting story! I love the unexpected, surprise ending in this story! I look forward to reading more of your stories. Stop into my authors den sometime!
The Real Truth About Patsy, Pedro, and the Church Dog (Short Story) - 8/21/2008 9:23:23 AM
This story brings back memories of my own father dealing with stray animals. Much the same "ran away" statements was all I ever got as answers to my questions.
But he was a gentle man and well loved by everyone I ever heard say anything about him. Where is my dad now? He "ran away" to a better place. Thanks for the story. It brought a lot back to me.
A Helping Hand (Short Story) - 8/20/2008 7:58:12 PM
Linda,I loved this story! I had to make a real effort not to keep looking ahead to see what happened;that's how spellbinding it was.The humor was wonderful,done with a subtle touch.And the ending was a complete surprise.Well done!
Changing Times (Article) - 11/1/2008 4:43:45 AM
Good for you for continuing to write when you can. These are difficult times for families and the country. We have to do the best we can until things improve. All the best to and youur family.