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Friday, December 6, 2013

As 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 basement.

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.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

House 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.

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June 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, two volumes of poetry, stories for children (of all ages) and a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:

the Schuylkill Monster: A Novel of Phoenixville in 1978
The Prisoner's Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville during World War II
Forty-Thirty 
Rainbow in the Sky
Meditations for New Members

Adventures of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Spinach Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A Collection of More Spiritual Poems

We Three Kings

Beauty and the Beast

Bethlehem

Noah's Rainbow

Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding Hood

 

 

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.

June's novels can be purchased at amazon.com, through Barnes and Noble,
at the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area,
and 
the Gateway Pharmacy in Phoenixvile, PA
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For more information about her musicals, which are also available on amazon.com,