Friday, December 18, 2009

No Star Is Lost - Leigh Brackett

Short Story

Number of words : 6000
Percent of complex words : 3.1
Average syllables per word : 1.3
Average words per sentence : 8.8


Fog : 4.7
Flesch : 86.7
Flesch-Kincaid : 3.33


Ackles Gym

Founder now dead, specialising in boxing and crime. Does not mention where it is, so assume California presumably.


The Kid

Wants to be a fighter, gets more than he bargained for by way of a criminal gang.

The Killer (Fikes)

A fighter and the right hand man in Shriber's gang.


Now the man in the charge of sparring and shooting.

Muff (Donald Moffatt)

The cleaner. Ex-boxer and criminal doesn't want to see The Kid end up like him.

Eddie Nazarian

Part of the gang, ended up taking a literal fall when he didn't like where things were going. Off the fire escape.


A young fighter wants to become good, and turns up at the gym. That there is a racket here is something he didn't expect, and Muff tries to set him straight. He can't keep him out of it, so has to escalate things with the police, leading to a violent end, but leaving The Kid with a future that doesn't involve prison.

3.5 out of 5

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