Book Review: The Pitt Bull and Other Tales – Author Tom Hamilton

The Pitt Bull and Other Tales
Author: Tom Hamilton

As of late, self publishing in Ebooks seems to be the way to go for most aspiring authors. Unfortunately, this has lead to a huge influx of literature that doesn’t really have any place being published either because it simply fails as entertaining or is so wrought with spelling and grammatical errors that it becomes unreadable. Such is the case with Mr. Hamilton’s The Pitt Bull and Other Tales.

All told, there are five short stories offered in this particular collection and although each has an interesting concept, they are all too complicated and error-ridden for their own good. It’s easy to tell that Mr. Hamilton has some good ideas and that he certainly loves a good metaphor, but the issue here is that just about every other sentence is a metaphor or simile, which makes the stories more aggravating than enjoyable.

Quite often while reading this short collection, I found myself confused as to what exactly I was reading or what meaning Mr. Hamilton meant to have behind a particular sentence. For example, during my reading of his title story I ran across this:

“The thought of being locked inside a cattle car flickered through my disgusted mind. The irrepressible stench of liquidated manure. Snots as big and lively as snails congealing inside the silver dollar sized nostrils of the livestock. Squashed rectangles of flat indestructible shafts of maize light framing my ill eyes, as I tried to peer in between the slats of boards.”

Personally, this sort of paragraph served merely to throw me off. It’s not that I didn’t understand what the author was trying to convey; he merely wrote it in a way that seems entirely too contrived, as though he’s attempting to sound poetic and intelligent in his writing but can’t quite make it.

As is the case with most Ebooks these days, this one is, sadly, filled with errors both grammatically and spelling-wise. This is rather unfortunate, considering that the writing is decent and the ideas behind the stories are unique. The multitude of errors and contrived style of writing, however, is simply too distracting for the average reader to find much enjoyment.

Book Review: The Pitt Bull and Other Tales – Author Tom Hamilton

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One Response to Book Review: The Pitt Bull and Other Tales – Author Tom Hamilton

  1. Tom Hamilton says:

    To say that this book was self published is not accurate. Philistine Press is a non profit website for unclassifiable literature. The authors themselves have no hand in the process. Changes to the final manuscript were made by the editors and not by myself, therefore I can not be held responsible for typos and the like. The statement that “I am trying to sound poetic and intelligent” seems to imply that I am not, in your estimation, intelligent. This is an amazing insult. But since this seems to be an honest, if not extremely severe, opinion, then I guess I’ll have to accept it. I see no reason why everyone who reads every story has to understand every part of it in order for it to be good. In one paragraph during your review you said that you were confused as to what I was meaning but later said that you understood what I was trying to convey, so… Which is it? I don’t want to seem thin skinned in the face of criticism but I find this review to be, maybe, excessively harsh.
    T.H.

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