Firstly, do not let the length of Tom Pointer’s “One Lucky Fool” deter you from reading it. While it may appear a tad too long, I assure you that once you begin reading, you will forget about the length. Remember when you first watched Titanic and thought to yourself how you’re going to make it through a 3 hour plus movie, and then before you know it Kate Winslet and Leo DiCaprio are murmuring love nothings in the frozen Arctic water? Hold on to that feeling.
William Brown, who also goes by “Rooster” just sort of shows up to start a new life for himself in the opening pages of the novel. While this would not necessarily cause any major reverberations had the story been set in New York City or Toronto, but in a small Texan town in the 1950’s, well, lets say it causes the townsfolk to start talking… and speculating.
Seemingly free of any familial ties or financial bearings, Rooster rolls into town and upon his first interactions with the towns’ residents results in attempted murder. And it doesn’t stop there.
There is not one minute allowed for the reader to get comfortable with the complicated plot in Peter Bailey’s thriller “Walk in The Flesh.” Soon after the readers first introduction to Neil, the novel’s protagonist, Bailey begins to unravel a hastily-paced and original literary domain unique to this genre.
The novel is clearly an indisputable satire of the prevalence of technology and its capacity to essentially ruin lives. However, what Bailey does so interestingly in his richly detailed and realistic dialogue is he allows the construct of Science to have a conscience. This refreshing take on the oft-depicted malevolence of the scientific realm is what drives Neil’s journey to survive in a world of terrorism.
I am most definitely not someone who writes about the Illuminati or other such conspiracy-type theoretical constructs, however, I came across something on the internets today that I knew I had to share.
Now many of you have probably read about what I’m about to share in your many adventures and dalliances with popular culture. I, a true self-proclaimed pop culture junkie and fiend, am slightly embarrassed that only this morning brought about my exposure to this undeniable likeness and its subsequent visceral Oprah ‘A-Ha’ moment.
Doesn’t this certain pop stars domination of the entire world now make a whole lotta sense??
Doesn’t it seem that fictional characters with supernatural powers are often born, raised, or come of age in small town America? Is their something in the water in the deep plains of Texas or in the sands by the Mississippi River?
Justin March’s “Quick Save,” a bright and spry tale, has such a character. The protagonist in the novel is navigating the often turbulent waters that comprise the high school existence. Tapping into the angst and verve that encompasses the teenage experience, March richly develops characters who are both at one caustic and endearing.
Craig, now entering his junior year at Buckton High, finds himself friendless but not entirely unhappy. Fortunately, a new student enrolls in Buckton, Craig finds himself befriend by the effortlessly cool Quinton. Quinton, from California and who oozes charm, takes Craig into his inner circle and the two form a special friendship.
The two new friends couldn’t be any more different. Craig is shy and semi-geeky, while the exotic Quinton practically has a personality that oozes off the pages of the book. However, in due time, Craig soon discovers that Quentin’s seemingly unattainable coolness gets even cooler: the boy can predict the future.
Reading a novel based on a true story could turn out either really amazingly well (see Into the Wild) or very, very bad (well, I don’t want to get into trouble so let’s leave this one to your imagination). David Workman’s richly detailed “Letter From Alabama” fortunately falls into the former type of novelization, and I was very thankful for that discovery.
“Letter From Alabama” is a timeless piece of fiction. Telling the true story of a letter published in a small town newspaper in May 1952, Workman successfully manages to keep a neutral point of view in the often myriad of plot developments that can sometimes be difficult to endure. Tackling the overarching and weighty themes that are often depicted in many modern literary masterpieces, Workman’s weaving of the power of forgiveness and unconditional love of family demonstrates his clear talent of storytelling.
Book Cover of David Workman’s “Letter from Alabama”
P.S. The clip was shot in Toronto.