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Martha Stevens-David Review: "An Idiotic Savant" by Russell Stewart
By Martha Stevens-David
Aug 6, 2014 - 12:22:49 AM

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Upon reading Mr. Stewart's book " AN IDIOTIC SAVANT" and finding so many grammatical errors, I contacted the publicist and explained that I felt that Mr. Stewart's error-filled book would embarrass him to the nth degree. She said that there was nothing she could do because "their contract with "Mr. Stewart" had lapsed and she hung up.

So I called "Xlibris" the publisher listed on the back cover of the book and explained the situation to another lady. She took my name and number and that was that. About fifteen minutes had gone by and my phone rang, it was Mr. Stewart himself. We had a wonderful talk and he explained that he was at a loss at what to do next. I told him that I had liked his book and was concerned that such an intelligent and well-educated person as himself shouldn't have to be embarrassed by such an error-filled book. He hastened to tell me that he couldn't understand what had happened either because he had PAID two different companies over $20,000 dollars to ensure that his book was corrected. And then, Mr. Stewart explained to me that due to his "medical" problems, he is unable to discern misspellings and other grammatical errors because the way his mind works is such that he cannot see writing issues like I had found. So, then I understood part of the problems with his book.

As a published writer myself, I have trained myself over the years to notice any anomalies in my own writings so I am more aware of issues in other's writings. However, if the reader can overlook these simple grammatical errors, they will find Mr. Stewart's stories to be very interesting. And I must say, Mr. Stewart related to me that he has been approached by several producers in "Hollywood" to come and discuss the possibility of a movie being made from his story. I wish him the best of luck in this latest endeavor.

Would I recommend this book to others? YES!!

Martha Stevens-David.
Martha Stevens-David Column Magic City

A childhood full of foster homes, juvenile delinquency and a diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome, made Russell Stewart's future look very bleak. However, after graduating from Princeton University, he set off on an adventure that would take him around the globe to meet more people than he ever thought possible. Like his attitude toward life, Stewart is determined to share his message that an open mind allows adventure and good fortune to arise at any moment. Despite his adversity, he had the good fortune to meet one woman who gave him what he treasured most--grandchildren and the power to care for others.

"An Idiotic Savant"
by Russell Stewart
Publisher: Xlibris
Published November 27, 2013
ISBN-10: 1493123378
ISBN-13: 978-1493123377
226 pages
Hardcover $22
Paperback $16
E-book $9

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