Stockholm is described as a dystopian comedy and a satire about modern media. The author definitely has an intriguing storyline and a delightfully aceStockholm is described as a dystopian comedy and a satire about modern media. The author definitely has an intriguing storyline and a delightfully acerbic wit; however it wasn’t enough to redeem this story for me. A 2.5 stars out of 5.
I felt that this book suffered from a lack of balance: between voice, detail, characterization, and plot development. It’s meant to be a satire however the employment of scathing and sarcastic commentary about everything, all the time, caused what could have been the books unique edge to become trite. It consequently developed a preachy feel I doubt the author was going for.
All Night by the Rose is a collection of thirteen stories and each story differs greatly from the last. I have mixed feelings about the collection asAll Night by the Rose is a collection of thirteen stories and each story differs greatly from the last. I have mixed feelings about the collection as a whole. It is definitely unique and has great style but overall I give it 3.5 stars.
When writing short stories, it’s extremely difficult to establish a distinct atmosphere, set up the conflict and characters, and enthral the reader with such limited space. There is something special about this collection (the author's voice and wordplay are exceptional), however it fell a little short in establishing the distinct plot of each story.
Where Watt O’Hugh the III goes, legend follows. The Ghosts of Watt O'Hugh is an eclectic mix of western, time travel, romance, and magic and with a myWhere Watt O’Hugh the III goes, legend follows. The Ghosts of Watt O'Hugh is an eclectic mix of western, time travel, romance, and magic and with a myriad of famous characters, it reads like a historical who’s who of the late 1800s. 4 stars out of 5.
The author excelled at maintaining character continuity; Watt flourished as a flawed human being. He didn't feel characterized; he felt real and this was a great strength for the story.
The fantasy and romance elements in this book were kept simple and I liked that the details showed Watt's own curiosity and emotional maturity. The book and the character very much exuded that the world "is what it is" and no amount of understanding would change it. I liked that the time travel aspect didn't have a deep metaphysical explanation; things happen because they happen. As the book said, “Understanding it doesn’t help…not any more than Newton’s law of gravitation help(s) you keep your balance.”
The main thing that kept me from completely enjoying this book was the memoir format. I felt that Watt’s frequent references to “the reader” pulled me out of the story and took away any suspense that could have built. Also, Watt spends a lot of time telling other peoples' stories and with the numerous new characters introduced, sometimes the narrative was too tangential from the main story-line. Watt also frequently reminds the reader that he will die in a year and to me it took away from the build up of the story. I would have felt more sympathy for his plight if I I didn’t know his outcome.
Overall, The Ghosts of Watt O’Hugh is a memorable read. It is offbeat and filled with history and unique details that make the character of Watt unforgettable. The ending gives Watt a greater purpose and the author's end notes make for an entertaining and fresh way to close the story.
Review by: Erica of Sift Book Reviews Sift Book Reviews received a free copy for review from the author. This has, in no way, affected the reviewer's opinion....more