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review 2020-02-10 01:39
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Santa Monica Main Street/Venice - Janelle Lassalle

Too much of  a focus on where to eat.

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review 2018-08-23 02:11
MAIN STREET by Sinclair Lewis
Main Street - Sinclair Lewis
In a word tedious.  Sinclair Lewis wrote a satire about small time life.  His writing is tedious as he shows what life is like in a small town when you surround yourself with like-minded people.  No one wants to change.  Everyone knows everything about everybody.  No one wants to go out of his/her comfort zone.  And his uses his writing to show that. 
Carol marries Will, Gopher Prairie's doctor.  She's used to a big city and tries to change things and is discounted and laughed at and gossiped about.  She is a whiner and nothing and nobody does anything she likes.  She has an active inner life but drove me crazy. 
 
Will does not see Gopher Prairie as Carol does.  He sees nothing wrong with the town or the people.  He does take Carol to task at times.  He is also willing to let her do what she wants even if it is leave but she still is not happy.  They have a few blow-ups over her discontent.
 
My favorite character was Miles, the town handy man.  He was real but also an outcast.  I felt bad for him.
 
The place and time are written well.  I am glad I did not live then or there.
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review 2018-05-09 01:57
AMAZING ANTHOLOGY!
Shadows Over Main Street, Volume 2 - Suzanne Madron,Erinn L. Kemper,Damien Angelica Walters,Luke Spooner,Michael Wehunt,Douglas Wynne,Jay Wilburn,Max Booth III,C.W. LaSart,Eden Royce,Doug Murano,D. Alexander Ward,Lucy A. Snyder,John F.D. Taff,James Chambers,Ronald Malfi,William Meikle,Joe R.

Sometimes an anthology has that lure, that pull, that innate ability to sink hooks beneath your flesh without you realizing it. While there are plenty of good horror anthologies out there, it takes a lot for one to grab hold of me like SHADOWS OVER MAIN STREET (VOLUME 2). It can seriously take me all year to make my way through an entire anthology, especially ones with a specific theme. I get to the point that I no longer care about the theme and give up, even if I admire the authors. So I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I'm a sucker for small-town tales. I'm growing an appreciation for the Lovecraftian realm in which these stories breathe and move, slithering tentacles across the brain, and welcoming you home with that gentle song from another world.

 

These are the ones that stood out for me:

 

"Shug"by John Taff - This one felt like a mix of Bradbury 's The Martian Chronicles and Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land. I wasn't sure I liked it a few pages in, but it ended up being my favorite. Just a really well-told story that made its home beneath my skin.

 

"Something in the Water" by Douglas Wynn - This is the story that made me grab this anthology. I read a bit of Wynn's behind-the-story post via Twitter and knew I had to read it. Watch your tongue when you come to Wynn's little town. Loved it.

 

"Disintegration is Quite Painless" by Max Booth III - I've read a lot of Max's larger works. For the most part, they haven't been my cup of tea. They've been a bit too weird for my taste, but very well-written, and Booth's talent has never been in question. I knew it was only a matter of time when he wrote something that would blow me away. This one is a traditional/straight-forward horror tale. If you love Stranger Things, you're gonna enjoy the hell out of this one. The beginning was amazing, and even though the story went in a bunch of different directions, I loved each and every one. I can't wait to get this version of MB3 in novel form.

 

"1570 KhZ" by Damien Walters - No surprise that the Queen of Short Stories delivers another gem. This one features a young girl that wants to help her father. He sits in a garage listening to a strange frequency that is shifting his moods. This one is great.

 

"Sunset on Mott Island" by Lucy Snyder - the opening story, Snyder's piece subtly lures you in on the waves, while bringing on the impending doom. Charmingly cryptic to the end.

 

"Duck Hunt" by Joe Lansdale - A few of these have a rites-of-passage theme to them. I just enjoyed Lansdale's take the best. Thought I knew where it was going, but I was wrong. Fantastic.

 

There were really only two or three stories I didn't care for in here, but even those were well-written. This is a very impressive collection for fans of Lovecraft and/or small-town horror.

 

Even with the couple of so-so stories, I give SHADOWS OVER MAIN STREET (VOLUME 2) 5 stars!

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review 2018-04-05 00:00
Secondhand Secrets (Miss Main Street #1)
Secondhand Secrets (Miss Main Street #1)... Secondhand Secrets (Miss Main Street #1) - Angela C. Castillo light flowery and not very original. Nothing horrendous and if life is getting you down this is a nice little read. Unfortunately it is very predictable
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text 2017-11-06 08:10
Site Launch - Main Street Romance
 
Main Street Romance
Love Stories for Everyone from Authors You Trust
Addison Cole | Chris Keniston 
Nancy Naigle | RaeAnne Thayne
 
 
About Main Street Romance
 
Main Street Romance is made up of four friends and bestselling authors who adore romance, and are committed to filling your bookshelves with sweet and clean love stories you'll be excited to share with your best friend, Mom, Grandma, and your teenage daughter, too. No profanity, graphic sex, or violence.
 
Not only are they dedicated to writing sweet romance and growing their audience with new readers, but they will be building an entire community around the Main Street Romance brand, including giving readers short stories that take place in their very own Main Street Romance world, where new characters along with characters from their prior releases, will appear in stories that take place on Main Street, in Romance, Virginia.
 
 
Join them on the front porch for a cool glass of sweet tea, curl up in a cozy chair, and get ready to fall in love with your next favorite read.
 
 

 

 
Meet the Main Street Authors
 
Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes fun, flirty, and sweet romance with a dash of heat.
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Chris Keniston is a USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty novels known to delight audiences with stories of falling in love, family values, and all around entertaining shenanigans.

Nancy Naigle is a 
USA Today bestselling author. She whips up small-town love stories with a dash of suspense and a whole lot of heart.
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RaeAnne Thayne is a New York TimesPublishers Weekly and USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty books.
 
Find Us Here
 
 
 
We're World Building - Join Us! 
 
Join them to celebrate the launch of MAIN STREET ROMANCE and help build your next favorite sweet romance world!  Click to Join the Launch Party!

Coming soon! An entire Main Street world set in Romance, Virginia, where you may see your favorite characters from each of our series, and meet new characters on their paths to love! A map of our Main Street world will be ready for you soon! Don't miss out. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter!
 
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