Book Review – The Amnesiac and Other Stories  by Christopher Walker

Book Review – The Amnesiac and Other Stories by Christopher Walker

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Book Review – The Amnesiac and Other Stories

by Christopher Walker

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A Collection of Beautifully Told Short Stories

In “The Amnesiac and Other Stories,” Christopher Walker presents thirteen engaging, beautifully told short stories about a diverse collection of dreamers, seekers, and malcontents. Be it a photographer recalling a young woman he almost loved, a coffee shop owner unwittingly caught up in an assassination plot, or a group of young English writers in search of a legacy in Spain, Walker paints a delicious series of portraits alternately tinted with pathos, danger, and humor. It’s a diverse collection, too, mostly mainstream fiction but with a smattering of fantasy and science fiction, that romps all across Europe.

Walker’s storytelling is straightforward but thoughtful, punctuated by great imagery, as in this excerpt from “The Castle,” in which a young girl looks out on her climate-change altered world where nonstop rain and rising sea levels have reconfigured the land:

“Sarah was peering out of the window again, her forehead pressed up against the cool glass. She imagined the feel of the rain on her skin, and she thought about how whenever they got out of the rain some of it always seemed to linger like a memory on her clothes.” (p. 252)

I felt the editing might have been a bit inconsistent. Some parts of some stories don’t quite have the smooth texture that typifies the collection. However, that doesn’t distract much from the engrossing character of each story. You’re walking alongside these people as they traverse their world and their lives, sharing in their joys and sorrows. “The Amnesiac and Other Stories” earns five stars for both story and writing. Well done, sir!


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Book Review -The Sky Drifter by Paris Singer

Book Review -The Sky Drifter by Paris Singer

Book Review -The Sky Drifter

by Paris Singer

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Hoping for a Sequel!

The Sky Drifter is a large space ship making its way through the vast galaxy. On board the Sky Drifter, the residences are named by number and have established their own town, school, and community. The Sky Drifter is home to many different species that coexist, including Seven, the only human on the ship. Seven and the rest of the younger passengers attend The Academy, the ship’s school that teaches everything from cooking to math to strategy.

Seven spends his days attending classes, hanging out with Iris and Pi, and playing Sphere (“one on one dodge ball on steroids” if you may). He is content with his life until he notices another human like himself.  He looks for the girl while his two best friends think he’s crazy. What follows is a series of events that makes Seven realize that not everything is as it seems.

I haven’t read a really good sci-fi in a while, so this one was really satisfying. It has space exploration, variety of characters, and good ole classic high school issues.

The book gives a flash of the future at the beginning and I found it very confusing as I started to read it. The opening scene is action packed and it led to my mind trying to imagine all possibilities of how this book will build up, which was a very strong way to open the novel, in my opinion.
The majority of the novel focuses on the reader following Seven as he deals with the norms of high school. It’s almost uneventful, but I actually enjoyed it. And then we have the nice surprise of an action packed ending that I didn’t see coming!

I’m definitely hoping for a sequel!

The Sky Drifter by Paris Singer receives 3.5 stars.


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Free eBook Giveaway :  The Mother of all Things  by Gabriel Blake

Free eBook Giveaway :  The Mother of all Things by Gabriel Blake

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It was supposed to be a new beginning for Elaine Davis. Returning to her childhood home in North Yorkshire, she hopes to move on from a devastating past and rebuild her life with the help of her mother and children. Sometimes though, new beginnings in familiar surroundings can come with the stirrings of memories long forgotten. As Elaine’s mind begins to unravel, discoveries of deceit and betrayal reveal themselves and circumstances spiral beyond her control.
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The Mother Of All Things is the outstanding debut psychological thriller from author Gabriel Blake. A fast-paced and thrilling read as we find ourselves immersed in the anguished and confused mind of Elaine Davis as she struggles with grief, mental health, reality, and a past she doesn’t remember.

The Mother Of All Things is the outstanding debut psychological thriller from author Gabriel Blake. A fast-paced and thrilling read as we find ourselves immersed in the anguished and confused

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