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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Book Review #20: REVERSIONE: RESET THE FUTURE by CHRIS A. JONES


TITLE: REVERSIONE: RESET THE FUTURE
Author: CHRIS A. JONES
Publisher: GREEN IVY, 1 EDITION
Publication Date: MARCH 9, 2017
Genres: SCI-FI/ ROMANCE
Available online at AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE

A Sci-Fi Adventure Filled with Romantic Scenes

            Wouldn’t it be so fascinating if there was actually a time machine in our lives?  Well this book is all about time traveling and romance I tell you!  Reversione: Reset the Future by Chris A. Jones is one sensual and metaphysical read that you will enjoy if you like those themes.  It involves four characters from differing time periods who all meet to work on the construction and invention of the time machine to help stop a major mankind catastrophe from occurring in the year 2341.  You will meet Robert and Dolores who are a couple as well as the “crazy in love” pair Diane and William who are the main masterminds behind the time machine’s construction.  There are some tragedies throughout the novel and it is the time machine that helps “salve” them much to the reader’s delight. 

            If you enjoy sci-fi as well as passionate love scenes (although not detailed), you will come to love this book.  It is actually a romantic tale with scientific tones.  I, myself would also recommend it to those who would appreciate an adventurous read and those who are familiar with the science of quantum physics.  Haha.  Yeah, I know, a heavy subject isn’t it?  To be honest, I had a bit of a confusion with the terms being used because I am just not an expert in that field.  But hey, do not let me stray you from sinking your teeth in this one as it is not that difficult to grasp as you must know that everyone’s different.

            Go ahead, make your Easter Sunday and the week that follows it a science fiction ride sure to be memorable for Easter seasons to come!  .

Friday, April 7, 2017

Book Review #19: THE WIDOW SMALLS: AND OTHER STORIES by JAMIE LISA FORBES


TITLE: THE WIDOW SMALLS AND OTHER STORIES
Author: JAMIE LISA FORBES
Publisher: PRONGHORN PRESS
Publication Date:  OCTOBER 15, 2014
Genre: LITERARY FICTION/ WESTERN
Available online at AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE

A Short Collection of Ranch Life Hardships

            Jamie Lisa Forbes moved me with her WILLA Award winning novel Unbroken, now she has reached me again with this one, The Widow Smalls: And Other Stories.  I don’t know, maybe it is the heart-wrenching plots of the stories themselves or the endearing, hardworking characters themselves, but yes, they made me tear up as I closed the book itself and gathered my thoughts to write this review for it.  From her author’s biography at the end, Forbes was “raised on a family ranch in southeastern Wyoming” and rose to earn her degree from the University of Colorado in 1977.  Something tells me she was determined to get herself out of the ranch life just by reading her book here and who wouldn’t want to, right?  I can imagine the immense efforts to get by during the hard winters and to (as she would write), wean, birth, clean, hay, build, fix, etc. the animals and the land on a ranch.  All of the stories in this book are stuck in my mind because they either teach a lesson, feature a sad event, and/or remind me of my own struggles in life (I’m very good at comparing different situations that have similar levels of trauma and difficulty).

            Forbes’ book here should be read by all.  I say this because one can learn from these ranch life hardships.  Living off the land can be quite excruciating for someone who dreams a lot.  There are no automatic results, you have to work to get them.  Some desirable traits of the ranch life that made me smile through the tragedies are as follows: you can get your eggs from your chickens, your meat and milk from cows, and your exercise from the manual labor.  The negatives of the ranch life are: isolation from the rest of the world, the late and early hours of the work to be done, the expanse of the work to be done, and the weather patterns.  But aside from these, the stories include joining the military, attending annual celebrations, going off to college, befriending your boss’ pretty daughter, a President Lincoln look-alike, incest, and sleeping with your ranch hand.  These make the stories interesting, tragic, and adventurous, you know?

            I recommend this book to those who are looking for an old-fashioned read.  I also recommend it to those who love the simple life as well as the hardships of the simple life.  I really, really enjoyed this book as by now I have made it clear in my reviews that I love stories about families.  The intriguing occurrences, the strange and eye-opening goings-on among some of them, the romances and the plot-twists, the nods to Western/Country America (I always have a place for stories that remind me of the Little House on the Prairie books, the cowboy world, etc.).  Buy this book for yourself and read it during Holy Week.  As a dweller of a metropolitan area, it’s always heartwarming to visit the countryside and discover the struggles and realities that occur there.  Lastly, this book is free of spelling, punctuation, and grammatical, typographical, and structural errors.  That is always a masterpiece in my view.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Book Review #18: UNBROKEN by JAMIE LISA FORBES


TITLE: UNBROKEN
Author: JAMIE LISA FORBES
Publisher: PRONGHORN PRESS
Publication Date:  APRIL 26, 2011
Genres: DRAMA/ LITERARY FICTION
Available online at AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE

A Tale of Two Families and the Ranch Life

            Once upon a time, in the country state of Wyoming, where the snow is regarded with contempt and the people have to get by through manual labor and farming, there was the Swan family: diligent and striving for perfection.  Will Swan performed his husband and man-of-the-house duties quite perfectly while his female counterpart, his wife Gwen baked the perfect pies and devoted her free time to seeing their two children Rory and McKenna do good at their school.  While they were getting on with their lives, a woman and her son arrive and work for one of the Swans’ neighbors, Mr. Mather.  Her name was Meg Braeburn and her son, Jim.  Together these two families would come to know each other and work alongside each other quite nicely.  But just as with any two families collaborating, human imperfections have to interfere and this causes a major division between them by the middle of the book.

            I will not disclose a lot of details about the plot of this book but I have to say, all that I had learned while growing up between a man and his weaknesses are once again proven in this book.  I also came to discover that there are just some people who are unfortunate all their lives even though their families or their friends would try and try to better them through the course of time.  I felt like crying while reading this book because such perfection did not have to crumble in such a way.  I commend the author, Jamie Lisa Forbes for her storytelling skills.  The book was a masterpiece according to my standards.  The setting was just beautiful and intriguing for me who has never been to a ranch before.  The whole of the book was free of spelling and punctuation errors.  I could hug this book if I had to because of all that.

            If you are curious about the ranch life and want to delve in that world for a time, then this book is definitely what you are looking for.  If you have no experience with the ranch life and have doubts about this book, I assure you, you are in for a treat.  I had approached this book with reluctance when it was assigned to me but when I was done with the first chapter I was hooked!  It was fast-paced for me maybe it’s because I love familial, saga stories that include suspense, drama, romance, and a bit of Christianity in it.  Get it because it will keep you up all night hoping for the best outcome for such a dear set of characters.  This book gets a well-deserved 5 stars from me!