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Friday, December 6, 2013
2:39 pm est
the Spirit Moves…
I’m going to try and make this short and sweet, ‘cause it’s a rainy,
dank afternoon and we all know that my favorite activity on days like this is to snuggle up with my Basset and a book. Of
course, the cat will eventually join us, too, but he’s a bit busy right now prowling around the utility room in the
I spent the better part of Thanksgiving weekend reading The Ghost Bride: A Novel by Yangse Choo, a Chinese native of Malaysia who is a newcomer the literary world of historical fantasy. As I mentioned in
my review just posted this morning on http://www.authorexposure.com/, this is not a genre to which I am normally drawn. But Choo’s writing style and her plot premise, as well as her well-formed
characters, were intriguing and had me captivated from the first page. This was a read I just couldn’t put down!
The novel is based upon the not-so-rare Chinese custom of marrying a deceased person. Li Lan, her main protagonist,
explores the worlds of both the living and those that, well, have gone before. Yeah, I know, it sounds a little ghoulish,
but this young, talented author has written a story that, well, raised my sprits.
So, when your own spirit moves
you, cross over via the link above to read my review. I hope it haunts you sufficiently enough to want to read the book.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
12:26 pm est
of Cards I get really uncomfortable when I have to write an unfavorable review. I mean, the author put
considerable time and effort into his/her work, hoping it would be well-received with rave reviews and a large readership.
And in the case of Loteria: A Novel by first-time novelist, by Mario Alberto Zambrano, it did. But to be perfectly honest, it did not strike
me as worthy of nor worth all the hype that a host of mainline literary critics have given it.
Maybe I'm missing
something, but while the concept and plot line are clever—using the meditations of an eleven-year-old girl over a deck
of Mexican playing cards to tell her story—the execution of them lacked the professional creative pizzazz that I've
grown accustomed to reading in strikingly good, sometimes great novels. This one, unfortunately, has certainly missed its
mark with me.
However I did write what one of my editors at www.authorexposure.com called a "fair and balanced" review, which was posted on that site this morning. When you get a chance, wend your
way over and read what I wrote. Hopefully, you may just decide that I have given the author a fair shake or a raw deal.
J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is
an author, poet, and librettist. Her currenty published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations,
volumes of poetry, stories
for children (of all ages) and
a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:
Monster: A Novel of Phoenixville in 1978
The Prisoner's Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville
during World War II
Rainbow in the Sky
Meditations for New Members
of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A
Collection of More Spiritual Poems
We Three Kings
Beauty and the Beast
Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding
Originally from the New York metropolitan area, June currently lives near Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania with her constant and loving companions, FrankieBernard and Sebastian Cat. She
is currently working on her fourth novel.