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So We Bought the Farm
by Steve Riddle
When Steve Riddle moved his family to the country, he never planned on starting a farm. Raised a military brat accustomed to the nomadic life, he never dreamed about putting down roots and raising animals. Most of all, he never imagined he'd write a book about it. In this collection of anecdotes about raising sheep, goats, cattle, and chickens, Mr. Riddle is a storyteller ...more
Kindle Edition, 54 pages
Published November 16th 2011 by Knuckledown Press LLC
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While this book would probably be entertaining to the friends and family of the author, it has little merit for readers outside his personal circles. There is no real discernible plot, but rather a multitude of loosely connected experiences gleaned from living on a farm. Though some of the stories had possibility for more, he did little to keep an unfamiliar reader's attention. With the incessant subject skipping, overuse of parentheticals, and generally poor grasp of the grammatical necessities ...more
I have an affinity for the whole "so, I/we did this somewhat out of the ordinary thing" and "one day, this happened" story-telling genre. Be it Peter Mayle or Novella Carpenter or Richard Feynman, humorous or educational or just homey, I enjoy real life anecdotes. I had hopes going in here, but the potential quickly fizzled out - the author lost focus, then pretty much abandoned the entire effort. At least it didn't take long.