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review 2020-07-24 01:08
Chasing The Monkey King - Alexander McCall Smith
Great mystery, with lots of suspense and tons of twists & turns. This is the first mystery I have ever read that involved the subject of anti-dumping (the practice of a nation involved in trade with another that "dumps" tons of product-- whatever it maybe... microchips, honey, pipe, etc. at below competitive prices in order to destroy the competitor nation's industry making that same product) and went into detail about it. It was a very good book and kept me guessing as to what the ending would be, who committed murders, etc. and kept me interested. The book made an otherwise dull topic fascinating.
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
 
 

 

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text 2020-06-17 13:30
THE ATTIC TRAGEDY by J. Ashley-Smith: Blog Tour/Giveaway!!!!
The Attic Tragedy - J. Ashley-Smith

 

 

Today I have the pleasure of hosting J. Ashley-Smith!

 

His recently released novelette THE ATTIC TRAGEDY is about two young women, each with secrets of their own. (Click the title for my review!)

 

If you missed my post on Monday, we have a $50.00 Book Spree Giveaway here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway 

 

 Good luck!

 

I hope you enjoy this essay from J. Ashley Smith about 7 Greek tragedies that were on his mind while writing this book! 

 

 

 

 

SEVEN ATTIC TRAGEDIES

 

 by J. Ashley-Smith

 

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text 2020-06-15 13:30
Upcoming Blog Tour & A $50.00 Giveaway!

 

On June 17th, I'm hosting a blog tour for J. Ashley-Smith's novelette:

 

THE ATTIC TRAGEDY 

(click for my review)

 

Today, I wanted to let you know about a giveaway in celebration of

THE ATTIC TRAGEDY's release:

 

GIVEAWAY: $50 Book Shopping Spree!

 

GIVEAWAY LINK:  a Rafflecopter giveaway   

 

 

 I hope you'll join me on Wednesday as J. Ashley-Smith shares

7 tragedies from literary history!

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review 2020-06-07 13:37
Thor
Thor - Wayne Smith

by Wayne Smith

 

This is an original take on a werewolf story. It's told partly from the pov of a German Shepherd dog who belongs to a typicaltm American family. The father is a lawyer, the mother appears to be a housewife and there are three children. They all love their dog and he loves them and instinctively protects them, referring to them as "The Pack".

 

Sometimes he protects too well and gets in trouble with Dad. It's interesting looking at things through his eyes. The author seems to know a lot about dogs and his perspectives come over as fairly realistic. The first few chapters of this would make a nice, wholesome dog story if it weren't for the intimate moments between Mom and Dad getting a bit too graphic for very young readers.

 

When Thor senses an unknown danger coming and starts to catch the scent of an unidentified wild animal in places and on belongings associated with a relative of The Pack, we see his confusion as he tries to work out where the threat is coming from and how to protect his family.

 

Some dramatic werewolf action happens in the last quarter that had me breathless. It was very well done! Though a couple of challenges to belief (besides, you know, werewolf) kept it from quite reaching that fourth star.

 

Still, a worthwhile story and watching the change in consciousness in one transition to werewolf was more than intriguing.

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review 2020-06-05 21:00
THE ATTIC TRAGEDY by J. Ashley-Smith
The Attic Tragedy - J. Ashley-Smith

Beautifully written, this novella was a short and dark visit inside the mind of a young woman.

 

Georgina, (George), became friends with Sylvie in a rather dark antique shop. There, Sylvie shares a secret; she can tell where an object has been just by touching it. George though? George never shares her secret with Sylvie or anyone else, (at least not verbally). Why not? You'll have to read this to find out!

 

Right from the get-go, right from the opening line:"Sylvie never called them ghosts, but that's what they were." THE ATTIC TRAGEDY had me in its grip. This is a poignant tale about unrequited love, about feeling that you're different, that you're never a part of things, never at home, even in your own body. During your teen years, (which is where this book began), one is always feeling awkward and out of place to start with. Add in a few of the issues these teens were experiencing and it adds up to an almost unbearable state. Did I mention there's a supernatural aspect to this story as well? At least, I think there was...

 

I'm surprised at how much feeling the author was able to pack into this novella, (perhaps novelette, technically speaking). Please believe me when I say, Mr. Ashley-Smith can write. In one scene where George wants to reach out to Sylvie, there's this description:

 

"My fingers stretched and recoiled, daring then afraid, expanding and contracting like some skittish undersea creature; the kind of thing that dwells in shadow on the ocean floor, its hideous misshapen body an insult to nature."

 

So vivid, so beautiful, so easy to picture. My heart went out to both of these young women, but especially to George. I have to wonder what would have happened had things worked out differently. I do know I'll be thinking about both of them for a while. This was my first experience with this author and I hope to read more of his work in the future!

 

Highly recommended!

 

*Thanks to Meerkat Press for the digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*

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