You can still get your “real book” fix at any of the Maui Friends of the Library bookstores:
That these two books predicted the Rise of Trump:
- Dark Paradise: Mysteries in the Land of Aloha
- The Great War: One Hundred Stories, Of One Hundred Words, Honouring Those Who Lived and Died One Hundred Years Ago
But you should go buy them anyway.
Book reviews and author interviews. Well worth following this blog!
Do it! I’ve reviewed it before, but Dawn’s tightly-written stories pack real punch.
Strangely enough, I’ve read one of these (Howl’s Moving Castle):
Sounds like I have some more books to read!
Lightly and delightfully humorous way to market your chapbook:
You should visit his site and particularly read his book Siofra, about an abused young woman and how she reacts emotionally to the abuse.
In these times – when a sitting president and his party seem to think women are supposed to be abused and should just “put up and shut up” – we should all learn what it’s like to be abused. Maybe that will held motivate us to stop it.
Barbara Newhall Follett, American child prodigy novelist:
- Barbara Newhall Follett at Wikipedia
- Farksolia – a site about her by her half-nephew
- Free ebook versions of her first published novel (1927), The House Without Windows & Eepersip’s Life There
Reportedly depressed about her marriage, she mysteriously disappeared at age 25.
After the tight focus of the other stories, this one feels sprawling. And sloppy: SWAT, Swat, swat – three different renderings of the same acronym? Yes.
It starts with a man murdered using a tako spear, apparently because his wife brought home the wrong picture from her Wine and Canvas event. Apparently the picture she brought home was actually a clue to a conspiracy by a large militant Native Hawaiian group (led by the obligatory evil maniac) to take over the state. Even at the end, when the maniac is caught, we’re told that this group has its deadly secret tentacles everywhere throughout the islands.
Nothing new here, with a strong trace of racism to it. And hypocrisy, since it was white American business men conspiring with the captain of a US Navy vessel in Pearl Harbor who took over the sovereign Kingdom of Hawaii using force. I regard this story as the usual “because we (white colonialists) are violent thieves that take things that belong to others, EVERYONE ELSE IS OUT TO DO THE SAME THING TO US!”
Bah. I didn’t particularly enjoy it. Not just for the racism, but also for the weak plotting and so-so characters. I might award this the booby prize as the worst story in the book.
Perhaps you’ll like it, anyway, so go buy your copy of the anthology, read it, and let me know what you think in the comments.