Thursday, July 22, 2010

Book Review for 'CAIN'S VERSION' by Frank Durham


CAIN'S VERSION was written by Frank Durham and published by Iroquois Press. It is available for purchase at http://www.amazon.com/ & http://www.turnerpublishing.com/ .
Lindy Caton is recently divorced and calls Acheron, Louisiana home, when she stumbles upon a group of older women living in a run-down homestead. Lindy gets to know the women over time and becomes entranced with the stories the women tell of their pasts and of a far away life; stories that bare a remarkable resemblance to tales plucked straight from the Bible. As Lindy notices the strangeness of the women, their speech and their mannerisms, she also takes note of their uncanny way with a mentally and physically challenged young boy whom had before seemed, unreachable. With the arrival of Cain, comes the realization that the women's biblical tales are in fact, snippets of their actual lives. Cain has travelled to the ends of the earth seeking out the things that only his mother can provide...Forgiveness and absolution.
CAIN'S VERSION is a 2008 'ForeWord Book Of The Year' finalist for literary fiction as well as the winner of the 2009 Bronze 'IPPY' award in literary fiction. A book for the dedicated reader, CAIN'S VERSION is sure to draw you in from its beginning and hold you tight in its grasp until the last moving page. I am giving CAIN'S VERSION a 4-spider rating and urging you to take a chance on this masterfully crafted, post-Eden novel. It is truly unlike anything I have ever read.
Though Frank Durham passed away soon after publishing his only novel CAIN'S VERSION, he left us with a tale that could easily be called, for generations to come, a 'classic'. We have a unique and wonderful opportunity to read the literary legacy left behind by this author...let us not waste it.
CK Webb

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Book Review for 'A LEAP OF FAITH' by Sabine S. Goldman


A LEAP OF FAITH was written by Sabine S. Goldman and published in 2009 by Eloquent Books. It is available for purchase at www.amazon.com/
Faith is a very curious pixie and often watches the humans that venture close to her home in Windhill Tree. But when her father, one of the elders of the pixies, discovers that Faith has broken the laws and risked exposure of their way of life, his punishment for Faith is more than she can bare. Confused and afraid, Faith runs away but is captured by Sam, a human girl, who is just as curious about pixies as Faith is about humans. The two share an unusual bond and together with Ryan, another human friend, the three set out to Windhill Tree to plead with Faith's father to remove her punishment and allow humans into the sacred pixie world.
A LEAP OF FAITH is a lovely children's book with a simple message about friendship, trust and acceptance of others no matter their differences. I am giving A LEAP OF FAITH a 4-spider rating and recommending it, not only to middle grade readers but to children of all ages. Fantasy and reality collide beautifully in this sweet pixie tale. Who knows...perhaps you will stumble across a little pixie dust as you indulge in this charming little book.
CK Webb

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Book Review of 'Heaven Falls' by Winslow Eliot



Heaven Falls by Winslow Eliot was published by Telemachus Press in 2010 and is available at http://www.amazon.com/.
Tess Duncan had recently lost her beloved aunt, was stuck in a dead-end job and was about to lose her home. So when a stranger comes to her to offer her a once-in-a-lifetime job that will make a better life for herself and her daughter, Tess really sees no choice but to accept the offer at Heaven Falls Resort.
But as she and Freya move to Heaven Falls and settle in, Tess soon finds that some facts have been kept from her. Like the fact that the man who offered her the job, Jason Garrison, is the brother of Freya's deceased father, Max Garrison, and that the lure of Heaven Falls is more than as a spa and retreat, but also as a 'love nest' to the rich and famous. As more and more secrets are revealed, Tess finds that she must seek help from the man she doesn't trust to save her kidnapped daughter.
Heaven Falls is a mystery and a love story, both told against a backdrop of opulence and exclusivity, with a plot that has more twists and turns than a roller coaster. Winslow Eliot has put together a wonderful cast of characters who play their parts well; some we love, and some we love to hate, making Heaven Falls a story you should not miss.
I am giving Heaven Falls a 4-spider rating and hoping that you will take a look at this lovely novel. Once you check in to Heaven Falls...you may never want to check out...!
DJ Weaver

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Book Review for BLOCKADE BILLY by Stephen King

BLOCKADE BILLY was written by Stephen King and published by Scribner Books in 2010. It is available for purchase at http://www.amazon.com/
BLOCKADE BILLY contains two short stories, each with very different themes and therefore, I will be rating each story accordingly.
The first story, Blockade Billy, takes place in the late 50's. When the New Jersey Titans lose both their catchers in less than 48 hours, the team finds itself in a tight spot and fears that the season may just go down the toilet. But, when a shot of blind luck hits, the team finds a replacement by the name of William Blakely. This kid is good and soon his name becomes well known across the league and the fans are rocking the stands with signs and chants of 'Blockade Billy'.
But what everyone doesn't know about the kid will be the one thing that will remove any traces of the Titans from baseball's history books forever. I loved this short story. The interview style of writing that King used for Blockade Billy was brilliant. I am giving Blockade Billy a 4-spider rating and recommending it to anyone who loves the game of baseball or loves a good, creepy story with a solid ending.
Morality is the bonus story in the book. It centers around Chad & Nora, a struggling young couple trying to make ends meet. When Winnie, the retired preacher that Nora has cared for since his stroke, approaches Nora with a once in a lifetime offer, the couple must decide if $200,000 is enough money to make a person go against their morals and commit an unspeakable act.
Though I did like Morality and even laughed out loud while reading, it still was missing something for me. I am sure that King fans everywhere will throw tomatoes at me for this, but it was just 'OK' for me and kind of out of place within the cover of BLOCKADE BILLY. I am giving Morality a 3- spider rating and telling everyone to 'Be your own judge' on this one.
All in all, BLOCKADE BILLY was a good read and I always enjoy Stephen King's short stories. If you have found his novels to be too lengthy, I highly recommend you check out BLOCKADE BILLY or one of his many other collections of shorts.
CK Webb