Sunday, February 24, 2019

Review - The Wrinkles

The Wrinkles
by Troy Keller
Date: 2012
Publisher: East of the Web
Reading level: A
Book type: short story
Pages: 4
Format: e-book

Stephen tells me the wrinkles methodology is a hoax.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

This story could be the beginnings of something interesting. We basically have two young men in the late 1700s/early 1800s (at least, that's what I gather from one of them saying he's the great-grandson of Benjamin Franklin) who are interns at a clinic that practices "wrinkles methodology", which is sort of like phrenology, but instead of looking at the shape of the skull, practitioners look at the patterns of skin wrinkling. From that, they can determine how a kid is going to turn out.

The premise is interesting, but the story is really too short to properly develop the characters. The language and setting seem to have some anachronisms, and the dialogue at times seems both stilted and too modern, as if the author was trying a little too hard to make it sound like historical speech (but not quite succeeding).

Overall, this one is kind of forgettable. It's really more of a scene than a story, and I'm not sure what I was supposed to get out of it.

Plot: 2/5
Characters: 2/5
Pace: 2/5
Writing & Editing: 2/5
Originality: 2/5

Enjoyment: 2/5

Overall Rating: 2 out of 5 ladybugs

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