Monday, December 26, 2011

Santa Saves Boswell by E. Anderson

The story contained within this little gem is heart-warming and begs the reader to ask for more.  I appreciate Mr. Anderson's use of a child's drawing on his cover, though I think Boswell is the true hero of the story.  This book is perfect for the child who still believes in magic.  It has wonderful and poetic language that moves the reader to the next page effortlessly.  This is definitely a Christmas tale, but the story within can be read year-round.

Looking forward to reading the Firepoint Fables!
(see author's website)

Highly recommend.  FIVE of five stars.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Secrets of an Old Typewriter: Stories from a Smart and Sassy Small Town…by Susie Duncan Sexton

Review based on ARC.

I'm feeling nostalgic these days and this book fit in with that mode.  While I could not relate to the time of this book, I did enjoy learning about it.  Sexton's style is easy and conversational, though not as polished as I have become accustomed to.  However, the style of the author - in its somewhat clumsy, completely accessible, old-lady-next-door way, was endearing and comforting.

Coming from a relatively "small town" (not this small) myself, and having been raised to appreciate Soda Jerks and Otis Redding, after spending over a decade out in the real world, this was a welcome saunter down simplicity.

I can understand why many were frustrated with the book.  The plot is less a plot and more a series of memories, the writing style is basic, and the references do not always involve the younger reader in its import.  However, I think if you take the book as a series of conversations with your grandma or neighbor, it becomes enjoyable and sweet.

I recommend.  It will more likely appeal to older readers who can relate to the period and the mentality -- and many younger, more impatient readers will have difficulty staying focused.  But if you're looking for that simple little break, pick it up and read a chapter or two...

(note: I was born in the late 70s)

THREE of five stars.

Meeting the Dog Girls by Gay Terry

Review based on ARC.

Absolutely worth your time.

The words and images on the cover of this little treasure do not do justice to what is within.  Terry's imagination and creativity are a welcome addition to my library.

Again, I find myself reading short stories -- a collection of things.  I used to think that I wasn't really into short stories, but really, I think it was just too many bad sets in a row.  Suddenly emerge writers who bring new light to the "genre."

Like Gaiman's Fragile Things, I found myself quickly turning pages of short little snippets that came to feel like personal friends.  I both did not want each story to end and could not wait to get to the next one to see what else Terry had in store for me.

Terry's gift is in presenting the crazy, the abnormal, the other-worldly with subtlety and elegance.

I highly recommend.
FIVE of five stars.