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Milt Gross Book Review: "Golden State" by Sichan Siv
By Milt Gross
Mar 21, 2015 - 12:10:01 AM

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This book, Golden State, looks okay from the outside, but it may be the worst book I haven't fully read. Photo by Milt Gross
Golden State is so terrible a book, I only read a quarter of it. It was so confusing that I realized at that point I knew nothing of what had happened.

If the first quarter was that bad, I found no hope for the rest of it.

It doesn't surprise me, since the company that published it, iUniverse LLC, is a self publisher. I wonder if anyone in that company ever read the manuscript before taking the author's money. I know self publishing isn't new; Henry David Thoreau had at least some of books printed, and I remember reading somewhere that several hundred copies of one of them sat in his mother's attic.

But at least Walden, if that was the one, was a good book. I've read several of his and found them okay.

In my opinion, Golden State was awful. The subtitle, Love and Conflict in Hostile Lands, at least hinted at romance, but I found none or very little of that. The most romance I found in the quarter I read was several mentions of women's legs. Most men probably find women's legs interesting or fascinating, but the several mentions of that pleasant topic made me wonder if the author didn't find them a fetish of some type.

The part that I read seemed to occur all over the globe, and maybe later in the book there's a connection among them. But I found the writing so awful and going nowhere, that I couldn't bring myself to finish the trip.

After all, I only have so many years left to read, so I might as well enjoy what I read. Or at least understand it.

This was the worst I've seen from a self publisher. iUniverse LLC is from Bloomington, IN. I checked their website,, and found what I think were pretty blatant ads for their company -- pay us, not somebody else.

To be fair, the first page lists five other of Sic's published books, and a New York Post review called it "Required reading." Just not required for me.

The writer, states the book's author, "...holds a master of international affairs from Columbia University. He was a U.S, ambassador to the United Nations and deputy assistant to President Goerge H. W. Bush..."

If you want to take your chances with it, it is available at and The price on the paperback cover is $19.95, sells a Kindle version for $5.99, and lists the paperback, the one I have, for $14.56 and a NOOK Book for $5.49. (What the heck is a NOOK Book?)

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