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Three is the Charm (Book) Review

 
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An interesting premise with surprisingly likable characters.

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Unfortunately, it never really makes good on its promise of being more than just an excuse for sex scenes.


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Xylophonist turned author Ian Finkel brings an entirely unexpected tale with Three is the Charm. I’m still not entirely certain what I think of Three is the Charm. On the one hand, the characters end up somehow making you like them, regardless of the oftentimes truly terrible acts they commit. How can a trio of […]

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Posted June 16, 2014 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

Xylophonist turned author Ian Finkel brings an entirely unexpected tale with Three is the Charm.

I’m still not entirely certain what I think of Three is the Charm. On the one hand, the characters end up somehow making you like them, regardless of the oftentimes truly terrible acts they commit. How can a trio of psychopaths have you almost routing for them near the end, despite them doing really nothing to deserve it? I have no idea, but it’s true nonetheless. From the diner owner who has no problem arranging for an inconvenient acquaintance to meet an untimely end (yet somehow is still portrayed as a heart of gold), to a mysterious narrator who serves more to confuse than anything else with random inserts about his unsavory exploits, this is a book filled with people you likely wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley any time soon. And yet, you do kind of grow to like them, inexplicably so.

The main story line in Three is the Charm centers around a trio of prostitutes. Orange Julia is a large and in charge lady who just happens to have been born a man. Although some talented surgeons took care of the inconvenience long ago, her fear that her current clients and love may somehow find out is always with her. Bongo is just…an odd story. A large breasted black woman who had a witch doctor turn her nipples white to resemble drums…what? And finally, there’s the petite Cake, who from her first incestuous introduction to sex to her daily experiences with clients just loves her job.

The main theme here is how very much these three women love their job, both individually and together. No matter what is going on, who it’s going on with, and how it’s going down, they just can’t wait to have sex, for any reason. Honestly, while the story line is ostensibly supposed to be about love conquering all, even in the most downtrodden circumstances, pretty much every scene and occasion seems to serve as little more than a reason for more sex. It reads like something on Cinemax, and that’s a shame. With an interesting cast of characters and a little more development, this is a story that could have been a lot more than it ended up as. As it is, there really isn’t a whole lot of resolution, in the sense that things just end up leaving you going, “….what?!?”

If nothing else, Three is the Charm is definitely out of the ordinary. With a cast of characters that reads like your favorite ’50’s gangster film had a baby with a softcore porn film, it’s got its work cut out for it in making a cohesive and engaging story line. Unfortunately, it never really makes good on its promise of being more than just an excuse for sex scenes.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)