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review 2015-12-08 01:52
bysinginglight.wordpress.com/2015/12/01/november-2015-round-up
Half a Creature from the Sea: A Life in Stories - David Almond,Eleanor Taylor

Cybils book. Almond is a wonderful writer–great at magical descriptions and dreamy, eerie stories. I do wonder who this short story collection is FOR; the stories themselves are mg/YA, but the framing distances the narrator from that age and for me set up an unnecessary barrier between reader and story.

Source: bysinginglight.wordpress.com/2015/12/01/november-2015-round-up
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review 2015-10-08 00:40
Sea Lovers by Valerie Martin
Sea Lovers: New and Selected Stories - Valerie Martin

 

  Happy to finally finish this book and remove from my "currently reading" shelf. Yes! It's been there way too long! Valerie Martin offers readers a book of short stories that mostly take place in or around New Orleans. There's the story of a struggling artist and the young woman who chose to love him, despite his lack of ambition. Another is the vengeful tale of a husband who loves his dog more than his wife. This particular portion was a bit dark. Matter of fact, the entire compilation cast a bleak shadow. There were a few stories that kept my interest, like the mermaid tale. It ended a little odd, as did each story. And there seemed to be no rhyme or reason for character's actions. I know how short stories work. I've read my fair share, but I was confused at the end, unable to see the author's point. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the locale. I love New Orleans with all my heart and when it is used for a book's atmosphere and location, well, it just sucks me right in. Overall view of this book? Not bad but I probably wouldn't recommend this to a friend or anyone else. I would like to read a full version Valerie Martin book because the writing was good. 

*Received this book from Edelweiss for review, free of charge. Opinions are my own.
 
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url 2015-03-25 19:55
The Crooked Albatross and Sweet Fanny Adams by Leigh Cross

The new novel by Leigh Cross, The Crooked Albatross and Sweet Fanny Adams, is out now!

Who would’ve thought that a memoir from the eighteenth century would have caused so much trouble? Eight adventurers sail to Cocos Island on the converted tuna clipper, Sweet Fanny Adams, to dig for the fabulously rich Loot of Lima.  They are backed by an amphibious aircraft, a Grumman Albatross, under the command of Van Dusen, a cashiered, ex-U.S. Navy pilot, with ulterior motives.

And the eight adventurers? What a collection! British nutcases, a timber cruiser, a prospector, a cook, the cook’s wife, they are not necessarily what they appear to be either. 

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review 2015-03-06 00:00
Sea Lovers: New and Selected Stories
Sea Lovers: New and Selected Stories - Valerie Martin "Valerie Martin has done it again! Her collection of short stories proves she is a master of manipulating the eerie and macabre in storytelling. Sea Lovers pulls together 12 stories and each has a way of completely blending reality and fantasy in such a graceful way that it'll be hard to look at anything the same way. I was at the edge of my seat as I read each story, wondering how Martin would turn the tale on its head this time and she proved never to disappoint!" - Lauren W. Doubleday Marketing Department
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review 2015-02-20 06:29
Review: When I Dream of a Cambrian Sea
When I Dream of a Cambrian Sea: Four Short Stories - L. M. Beyer

WHEN I DREAM OF A CAMBRIAN SEA is a collection of four stories of the impossible. Dreams of the past come forward to the present, ghosts walk, aliens are perhaps here as well, and worlds are explored. Though these stories are short, the author manages to transport you into what may be... or what may have been.

I'm a fan of L.M. Beyer's stories, and this collection does not disappoint. If you're looking for some quick and interesting tales, I recommend that you pick these up!

 

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