Thursday, May 12, 2011

Sands Fo Time

Book Title: Sands of Time
Author: Bruce A. Sarte
Publisher: Bucks County Publishing
ISBN: 9780982981634

The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone. ~George Eliot

After the death of his wife and two kids, Sam Shepard's cure for his depression is Mr. Daniels, as in Jack Daniels, the golden liquor of choice. He gets through his days in a drunken blur until he starts to experience scary and eerie happens. Having to face the fact the he is either hearing and seeing things because of the drinking or there is something going on that he needs to look into further. The book gives an heartbreaking account of a man walk down the path of destruction after tragic has struck. Although he has people around him that want to help him, he turns them down and choose to drown his sorrows in drink. With the slight of chance, that circumstances may change, Sam is given something that he never let go completely; a glimmer of hope.

Written in an unique style which may cause the reader to think that the book is full of mistakes in the placements of paragraphs. I found that maybe the author did this to break up the sentences in just a way to give them emphasizes and a slight psychological pause. Geared for both the male and female population, however for adults only, because of a certain description of a personal in nature event. Without any clues of what may happen next in the book, the reader is complied to read the book to the end. Well worth the putting the housework and/or the garage cleaning on hold to finish this read.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Handmade Memories

Author: Guy LeCharles Gonzalez
Publisher: Free Verse Media
Kindle Edition
Reviewed By Michele Tater for The Couch Tater Review

Written in an intellectual flow of poems and essays about the life of a truly gifted author, I found this book a remarkable piece of literature for the ages. He leads the reader on a guide tour of parts of his childhood and his adulthood through his words. The sights, smells and feeling come out of each poem like a direct IV from the authors soul. Often optioned and insightful in his thoughts; they will cause the reader to think of their own interpretations of things and their choices. The heroes and the people that have had an impact on his life are also described in savvy thoughtful way. Included in the ending of book, is quick bio of the author's life which helps the reader connect the dots even more.

Highly recommended read, which could be enjoyed by young and old who is curious about the life of a talent intellect poet and writer. Reading club could have the chance of deciphering the meanings and feelings of the author and the what reader experienced as reading it.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Nighmares and Daydreams

Author: Barbara Watkins
Publisher: Mythica Publishing Limited
ISBN: 9781907108044
Reviewed by Michele Tater for The Couch Tater Review

A haunting written collection of short stories and poems grace the pages of this book. The stories are not shockingly scarey in nature, but still can give the reader the feeling of chills and goosebumps. There are also tales of daydreams that can be serious and humorous in nature. The poems also describe the mystic environment of dreams, either being experienced in sleep or in an awaken state. I think everyone in their life time has had experiences with a nightmare or two, but few would think to write it down, and to ultimately write a book about them. This author has done just that and has added some beautifully written poems that express them in a different light altogether.
Written in a unsuspecting voice, that gives the reader little hint as to how the story line will eventually go. A book that can be read in a short time, but do you read it during the day or night? Only the reader can decide. Great for a beach side or pool side read. It could also be a good pick for a book club, with a possibility of sharing with the members' nightmares and/or dreams of their own during these meetings. Included too, in this book is a bonus of the first two chapters of the authors next book, which seems promising to say the least.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Beautiful One Has Come

Book Title: The Beautiful One Has Come
Author: Suzanne Kamata
Publisher: Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing
ISBN: 978193363143809
Reviewed by Michele Tater for The Couch Tater Review

This exquisitely written book consists of twelve short stories, each focusing on how a woman handles living in another country or how to live in their own. Most of these stories take place in Japan, where the women have to learn to adjust into a culture that is considerably different then what they are used to or how their ideas differ from society. This book gives the reader a brief look into the world of the Japanese and how they live and love. With characters of different of various ages and stages of life, it gives a wide range of glimpse into an assortment of situations. Some are adjusting live in general and some are to motherhood. Each must look inward to resolve the areas of their life that have become problematic to them.

Especially with the awful events that have happen in Japan lately, this book gives the reader a look of this proud and everlasting country. It is a place filled with tradition and history. I think this book can be enjoyed by most age groups; young adult and adults. It is an easy reading book, which would be good on raining days, book clubs and anytime reading. I look forward to more books from this author, who I feel can only excel on what she has already written.