- File Size: 1884 KB
- Print Length: 61 pages
- Publisher: Hoffmann Books (June 19, 2013)
- Publication Date: June 19, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DI4HQ1G
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,117 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The True Story of Charles Starkweather and Caril Fugate (The Real-Life Mickey and Mallory) (True Crime Collection Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
I am sure many of you have seen the movie titled "Frighteners" (if you haven't, I highly suggest it) well the movie happened to be based loosely off of these two interesting individuals. We not only learn a bit about Charles's upbringing, but also of Caril's. These two were young lovers who had a taste for murder. No one was spared, not even Caril's family.
The book is very detailed and you feel as if you are watching the horrible drama unfold before your very eyes. When twenty year old Starkweather was asked if he wanted to asked if he wanted to donate his eyes, he replied, "Why should I? Nobody ever gave me anything."
If you are a fan of true crime, this is a great read and a must have for your collection! Trust me dolls, you will see a lot more of these reviews coming from me in the near future
To opine that the writing here is amateurish is nearly redundant. Is it the case that the author's second language is English? While I was reading, I was constantly reorganizing sentences in my head, and I was constantly rewriting passages in a virtual way so that they would make at least a little bit of sense. From a writing perspective, I would say that this book is as bad as it gets. The sentences are short and choppy and the pronoun references are ambiguous. And these obvious flaws are only the tip of a very unforgiving iceberg.
Jack Olsen, probably the greatest true-crime author ever (at least in the English language), left us something to think about even after his unfortunate passing in the early 2000s. If you visit his web site, and if you do a little searching, you will read a page where he describes the state of this genre in particular. And his opinion is not complementary. He thought that too many people wanted to become true-crime authors, and most of those "wannabes" had neither the experience nor the basic writing skills that were required. And this book gives strong evidence that Mr. Olsen was really on to something.
I just watched "Badlands," and I own a copy of the very underrated film "Starkweather" as well. I wanted a little more background information on this "bad boy," and so I figured that this would be the ticket, based upon the reviews, and further based upon the price. Good reviews; cheap price.Read more ›
However, if one can get past the terrible writing, the facts outlined are fairly clearly presented.
In total, I rate the book as basically supermarket schlock in style, and fairly accurate in content. Skip it if you prefer quality writing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very well written and easy to understand. Makes Mickey and Mallory look sweet! I'm ready to start another Hoffman bookPublished 20 months ago by Michelle
Not impressed. It is hard to get facts of the story straight due to poor writing, grammatical errors, and lack of a competent proofreader.Published 24 months ago by Kindle Customer
good read, goes quickly, good photos. No new info, but well written. enjoyable . A good book for before bed readingPublished on July 8, 2014 by Cheryl Hopson
This book was fine as a very basic guide to the Starkeweather/Fugate crimes. Would have enjoyed reading it more if it had been more detailed rather than an outline of the crimes.Published on May 23, 2014 by Daniel Micolites
I enjoyed the book very easy to read. I had seen movies but never knew what really happened. I always try to read true crime and will be reading more books by this author.Published on February 25, 2014 by theresa costa
I have always been interested in true crime,or in criminals lives, so I found this short book very interesting. CaptivatingPublished on February 6, 2014 by natalie hardin