Joyce Carol Oates
Black Sparrow Press
This book was both a bleak and beautiful jaunt through the deranged mind of a psychopath serial killer. I didn't enjoy it.
The story is beautifully crafted and well worth the read.
I recommend this to anyone not who is not afraid to read a good book.
I really enjoyed this read about the lead-up to the Remembrance Day of 1920.
The story was very well written, kept me turning the pages and left me pondering the characters well after I had finished the book.
For me, some of the words were a little clunky and sometimes the book felt like a writing school project.
Overall it was a very good book and I will most probably read her next book.
Sugar Magnolia Wilson
Cats and Spaghetti Press
[Paper fold (won on Facebook)]
A beautiful and slightly odd sequence of poems in the voice of an allegedly normal young woman.
I really enjoyed this, I never quite new what I was reading, but that is what charmed me. Images of the letters have played on my mind during the week. I totally love the illustrated cat and meteorite on the 'B side' of the fold.
My Coast-To-Coast Adventure and the People I Met Along the Way
Paul V. Stutzman
A surprisingly good cycling book. Paul doesn't really speak that much about tour-cycling. He stayed in hotels, ate in restaurants, his bike seemingly didn't breakdown and the rain appears not to fall on him. He spoke a lot about people, a lot about God and well a lot about God.
The book was very well written with good, simple and clean English. The story was also extremely well edited and presented. Well done Vicki Crumpton and Revell Books.
It was a good read and I would recommend it.
Because of mistakes, Penguin Random House took this version off Amazon and promised me they would release an updated version within seven days. Six months later I am still waiting for the updated version to be posted. However if you want to read 'Bible and Treary', Penguin Random House have re-posted the version with the mistakes.
I have read about 30% of the Kindle edition of this book. Keith Newman seems to be telling the story very very well. Penguin Random House have let the side down. This eBook has no chapter markings and has the title spelt wrong twice.
I wrote to Penguin. After some very slack service on March 3. 2015, they thanked me for letting them know and informed me that the corrections will be made and retailers resupplied within seven days. They also suggested I return the book to Amazon and wait for the updated version. It is now March 23 and I am still unable to finish this book.
I suggest that before you buy it, check the preview. If the tittle says 'Bible and Treary', then wait until it is updated. It seems to be a very well written book and well worth the read.
It is now September 14, 2015. I gave up waiting for the updated version and re-purchased the kindle eBook from Amazon. It arrived with the same mistakes. So I read it and have resigned myself to the view that Penguin Random House are not interested in looking after this customer.
The content of this book is actually very good and in-depth. If I was just rating the written content, I would perhaps give this book a three. But Penguin Random House have let the side down and I will rate the book a 2/5.
the 2013 issue
edited by Clare Needham & Harvey Molloy
JAAM Collective 2013
A lot of good coffee went in to the reading of this literary journal.
My highlights were; Elizabeth Welsh, James O'Sullivan, Holly Blair, Robert Metcalf, Siobhan Harvey, Patricia Bell, Frank Scozzari, Sue Wooton, Joanna Preston, Juliet Jackson and Karen Zelas.
JAAM 31 was a very good read.