What a wonderful group of stories! They were simple, no complicated plot twists or surprises, and shared a piece of history most westerners would never have known. The Japanese settings are very well described so that the reader can picture the old man getting a haircut at a modern shop, the pain of losing loved ones, either human or animal and the pride in capturing life one photo at a time. My compliments to Mr. Ashton for writing something that made me very happy.
Double Take Tales by Donna Brown
Very interesting stories, none of which ended the way I expected them to end. Donna Brown is a master of taking the reader into each of her characters lives and a journey that makes you wonder what is going to happen next.
There is Hope by Helmy Kusuma
There is Hope has two short stories that are very entertaining and fun to read. The first short story, “Six-inch Claws” starts out with an attention grabbing first few pages then…I cannot tell you what happens because it will spoil the story, but it was something I was not expecting. I would love to see this short story expanded into a novel.
The second story, “Polka Dots” takes an interesting look at people and the shirts they wear. Is it true that you can tell what a person is like by the clothes he/she wears? Is there a prejudice towards others that dare to be different? Helmy explores these questions in a light very descriptive manner.
I truly enjoyed reading There is Hope and for a nice, light, quick and easy read, I would recommend this book.
A Death in Calgary by Mary Brown Daugherty
A black Cadillac hearse pulls into a small quiet community. Within just a few hours, the lone occupant of the vehicle becomes the talk of the town. He has a mission to accomplish but doesn’t quite know who, what when or where. His occupation - Death.
Mary Daugherty masterfully crafts a story around the occupants of a small sleepy town named Calgary from the local gossip queen to the diners in the greasy spoon to the ultimate object of the loner’s attention. The author’s descriptive style of writing holds the reader’s attention and gives a little twist to the plot that is unexpected but welcomed.
A Death in Calgary is well worth the time to read and may possibly give you something to think about for a while after you finish the book.
Remember…In Your Dreams by Alex Canton
Alex Canton is a very loving, caring grandfather who wants to start his newborn grandson on a positive journey through life. Through astral travel and a glass ball, the two make trips back in time to show the newest addition to the family his heritage and to introduce family members past and present.
It is a lovely collection of short "memories" that gives the reader an insight into who Alex Canton really is and appreciate the author's achievements.
Sweat, Glamour and Light Sins by Alex Canton-Dutari
Sweat, Glamour and Light Sins takes place in a gym or what some would term a health or exercise club. That is not a setting most people would find very interesting but Alex weaves a wonderful story around the people he meets during his daily workout.
Everyone has a unique story and together make a very entertaining read revolving around a fashion show for larger women. It amazes me how the author can take a rather mundane subject and with his sense of humor make a very interesting story.
I am a big fan of Cirque du Soleil and the aerial silks performance in “Quidam” is one of my favorite acts. Alex includes a version of the aerial silks in his book that really grabbed my attention. I highly recommend this book.
Upgrade by Stephen Hise
Stephen Hise’s idea of enhancements to a person’s outward appearance made me start thinking, would I like this or not? It did lead his central character, Brent, into a very sticky situation, actually several sticky situations.
I enjoyed reading this novel even though it is not in the genre I usually choose my books from. The characters are well developed and I truly felt sorry for a couple of the ladies in Brent’s life, while not being too fond of another one.
The ending was a surprise. Even though I tried to guess what was going to happen, I was not totally prepared for the final outcome. I recommend Upgrade to anyone who likes a different approach to getting the perfect lover.
Tales from the Beyond by Kristina Jackson
Tales from the Beyond is comprised of a series of short ghost stories. The five tales are all different and very entertaining. Kristina has a great way of setting up the reader for a totally unexpected ending. I especially liked the last story, “Afraid” where the scared character actually turns out to be someone I would never have dreamed of. This collection of stories is just what a person needs when he/she wants a short easy to read book.