Let's get the boring, nitpicky stuff out of the way -- as usual. Typos, which seemed to get worse as the book went along. Everything from misspellings to what seem to be misused words. Why?? I expect this in a goodreads win -- because they're most likely sending out proofs rather than finished editions -- but this wasn't a win, I bought this on Am ...more
I'm not sure I've ever encountered a protagonist as disturbingly pessimistic as William. His bleak perspective pervades the very fiber of the story. This book presents a worldview where children are a necessary casualty in the disturbing games of adults. If you have ...more
His elderly friend, Mrs. Rose, s ...more
Caleb Ross writes lyrical prose that pulls you into the politics and morality of this story, Stranger Will. For most of us, children are the future, they represent hope and dreams. But in this novel they represent the fated, the already lost. Conspiracies only seem paranoid and insane if ...more
Then life got crazy.
Then Easter weekend got even more busy, and what should have been a four-day holiday (during which I thought I'd get 4 days to write. HAH.) turned into a different kind of lovely weekend.
One AWAY from the inter-nest. (Yup, gonna leave that title for the internet in there. It'll link back to the book.)
THIS BOOK IS OMG awesome!ANYWAY... WARNING, I use the F-word four times (which I thought I was restraining myself) and ASS twice.. but I don't think one of them counts, and a couple of the FUCKS were wonderful alterations according to my friends.. so I am down with it! CARRY ON!
F is for a frightening experience (and the F-word)
This review rated M for mature as in Facebook said I swear more than 89% of all my friends. I am making sure I live up to their assessment in this review, and I prom...more
Stranger Will doesn't disappoint. It delivers a story which stirs up subject matter that's thought provoking and uncomfortable. William, the central character is - as the title suggests - a strange fellow (though the reason ...more
That William never wante ...more
Author Caleb Ross engagingly and consistently uses rich descriptive language throughout the novel..."William saunters through the mudroom door, the engine of his bioremediation cleaning van still ticking in the driveway. He flicks a spent cigar ...more
Reading STRANGER WILL could take an iron constitution if your a parent. In typical Ross style he claws with rusty nails at the wonders of parenthood and finds that microscopic shred of ...more
So my guess is this will be one that will be a favorite!
Stranger Will was truly one of the best books I have read, in quite some time. I don’t re-read books very often but this is one book in which I plan to do just that. Why? Because there are SO many layers contained within this story, so many meanings, and so many things to think more about. A second read, would be an opportunity to pull back some additional layers… layers you ...more
This is very typical for a Perfect Edge book, it has multiple layers. It's so worth being re-read again and again because there's so much more to ...more
In the fall of 2003, I was seven months pregnant with my first child when I visited San Francisco for the fourth time. In the previous three trips, I noticed the homeless population, but didn’t dwell too long on the issue as I live in a city wit ...more
For William, the thought of being a father is daunting ...more
This book had quite a few beautiful moments both in the imagery and dialogue. Mrs. Rose, especially, had a number of quotes that really impacted me to where I would have to put my book down for a minute to really digest what had just been said. Overall, there was major character development.
That being said, I found the plot surrounding the well-developed characters to be less than stellar ...more
As a father myself, to two children, this book was very gut-wrenching from the get go in only the way a parent can be by William's complete disdain for his unborn child. I hated him at first and wondered how completely fucked up someone could be like him.
As the book progresses you see ...more
i read this book, and im not gonna lie, i had mixed feelings the whole book. I guess i feel like the lead character suffered from a long undiagnosed mental illness and needed help, before the murders, before the messages, hell before he got married.
i also understand that im probably one of the few people that will feel that way.
i hated ...more
Stranger Will tells the tale of William, who cleans the stains left by dead bodies. Will's fiance is pregnant and Will can't imagine bringing a child into such a messed up world. Not for the weak-stomached, Stranger Will is a tale of impending parenthood, control, decisions and consequences.
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I have to be honest and say this is probably not a book I would have picked up off the shelf.
I was hooked from the beginning and loved this book! :)
Thank you Caleb J. Ross for sending me this book. I would LOVE to see a zombie novel from you. I think you could make an awesome one with your care to details :)
I have a BA in English Literature and creative writing from Emporia State University. My fiction and nonfiction has appeared widely, both online and in print. I am the author of five books of fiction. I am a co-host of the Important Question? Podcast which aims to explore publicly the questions you explore privately.
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