Thursday, September 5, 2013

Reading Fast

There was I thinking that kids going back to school at the end of summer wouldn't change my life at all. My kids are grown up, so why should the beginning of September matter to me. But September's the fall, and I'm still playing catchup on summer's reading and writing lists. September's the time when driving from a to b suddenly means crawling through 20 mph school zones. And our one remaining stay-at-home son is leaving home. So the end of this summer is driving me up the wall.

On the plus side, Bethlehem's Baby has now been released on kindle, at so, if you're looking for books to read in winter, please give it a try.

On the minus side, Nazareth Neighbors is still only half-written.

And somewhere in between are book reviews. These books were all pretty short--just what I needed as time and summer flew by. So fill up your coffee mug and see if any of these take your fancy.

For lovers of art and poetry, there's The Sojourn, by Rupansh Gupta, a gorgeously illustrated ebook of philosphical poems. The meaning-of-life-and-universe questions are deeper and more complex than the rhythms and rhymes, but enjoy the vibrant colors of the illustrations with a bright easy-drinking 2-star coffee.

If that left you feeling hungry, there's always Just Add a Famous TV Chef, by Cindy Callaghan, a fun short tale of magical teens, magical cooking, and a school about to close its home ec program. Enjoy this light fun story with a crisp, light cup of 1-star coffee.

And for teens,Harry Potter meets Malory Towers in Destiny: New Avalon, Book 1, by Andrea Buginsky. First of a new series, it's a nice quick read about an American teen in a magical English school.

Now for something completely different: Toy Garden, by Wayne L Murphy, is a short scary little piece that draws the reader from innocence to concern to sudden horror in one smooth sweep. Drink a 5-star bold dark intense cup of coffee after reading this one.

Similarly haunting is The Fractured Boy, by Meredith Skye, a truly intriguing short story of a boy trapped between two worlds and the people who try to understand him. Enjoy with an elegant, complex 4-star cup of coffee.

Then there's the oddly titled Oh Sh*t, I’m Dead, by G. R. Williams, where an old man revisits events of his life in a strangely white waiting room, and wonders what he's waiting for.

And finally, Miss Fishfly, by Linda S. Glaz, is a pleasing short Christian romance, perfect for reading over lunch. Two wounded souls are avoiding commitment while a dying old man longs to see them find happiness. You'll find it reviewed in Nights and Weekends today.

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