Book reviews and author interviews. Well worth following this blog!
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.
In this one, the author a character, or at least bears the author’s name. The author likes to incorporate herself and her real boyfriend into her stories, so how much of the characters’ behavior and lives are real and how much are fictional? That adds a bit of fun to it.
The narrator is a chiropractor who’s also a master of Shaolin Temple Kung Fu. (Isn’t every chiropractor these days?) His girlfriend (who bears the author’s name) is a palmist. He prefers logical, scientific thinking, she prefers mystical thinking.
A new patient (referred by his girlfriend) dies of a drug overdose in his adjusting room. Turns out the heroin she was using was poisoned. The police visit his girlfriend’s home, and find a baggie of poisoned heroin taped underneath the girlfriends table after she was visited by a notorious drug dealer named Asian Ace. (That strangely enough, the police don’t seem to know what he looks like?)
The whole ‘scientific vs mystic’ thing is pretty simpleminded. If palmistry and such things are your thing, you’ll enjoy this story quite a bit. (Since she’s writing the story, you can guess which side “wins”.)
The story builds to a climax in which Asian Ace is set to poison the girlfriend as the chiropractor races to save her. To find out IF or how he saves her, buy your copy of Dark Paradise: Mysteries in the Land of Aloha, and find out.
My friend Dawn’s post about what forgiveness is, in response to that thing going around about how you would explain what forgiveness is without using the words “forgive” or “forgiveness.” Only a few comments, but almost all are gems:
She also writes good stories, check them out at Amazon. Both of her books are great, and I still love Daffodil and the Thin Place.
The Guggenheim Museum, in partnership with Archive.org, is making their collection of art books available free for reading online or download in various ebook formats (PDF, EPUB, Kindle, etc).
Many of them are catalogs of exhibitions, with reproductions of the paintings and what the catalog author had to say about each.
There are currently 205 books available.
So if you’re a starving art student, or someone just wants to learn more about fine art, go check it out.
Great collection of very short stories about the World War One, the first great global war. See my full review at Amazon.