Give writers what they want – A Review.
March 12, 2016
WRITERS LABOR ALONE, in silence, and usually in obscurity.
You hardly ever meet them.
But you know them by their words, by their stories.
You know what the writer thinks.
The writer would like to know what you think as well.
So don’t read a book and set it aside.
Take another five minutes.
Write a review.
Maybe you liked the book.
Maybe you didn’t.
It doesn’t matter.
You’ve told the writer thanks.
You’ve given the writer the greatest gift of all.
You’ve given the writer a reason to keep on writing, even during those days when he or she is alone, trapped in silence, and laboring in obscurity.
A review can make the difference.
If you don’t know how to write one, here are some examples. Reviews define the good books.
Pride’s Children: Purgatory
Written by Alicia Butcher Eherhardt
Reviewed by Caleb Pirtle III
I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN fascinated by authors who are not afraid to write a different story from a different point of view, authors who dare to create a story that’s not quite written as it has ever been written before, authors who have the talent and the vision to work their words into the imagination of the reader and draw them into the fabric of the novel.
Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt is that kind of author, and Pride’s Children is that kind of book. Her approach to the story is a breath of fresh air in the literary world, her prose is lyrical, and her storyline is one of love found, love lost, and love tossed carelessly aside like yesterday’s garbage. Alicia’s strength, however, is developing an intriguing array of characters whose dreams, hopes, jealousies, obsessions, and lives are forever tangled in a web of lies, paranoia, and deceit.
On the surface, theirs is a glamorous existence. They are the world’s beautiful people, stars whose names are sprinkled with glitter on the cover of great novels and the silver screen of great movies. But whose star is rising? Whose star has already fallen? Who’s winning? Who’s losing? And everyone’s in love. But do they love anyone other than themselves and their own careers?
Pride’s Children is a contemporary novel, brilliantly written and filled with the raw emotion of characters who smile when necessary, love when necessary, drink far too excessively, and are quite willing to betray anyone who stands in their way. Hearts bleed. Hearts break. Tears flow. Greed runs deep. And pride always goes before the fall.
Pride’s Children is the book you need to read about the literary and movie industry and will always regret if you don’t.
Battle of fortune wells
Written by Daniel C. Chamberlain
Reviewed by j. viser
CHAMBERLAIN EXCELS at developing his characters and seamlessly wrapping the plot around them. When his latest protagonist, Tomas Killain, enters the story you know something is different about him, but Chamberlain has the literary discipline to keep it under wraps until just the right time. Killain is an expert fighter, intelligent and looking for a new life, but not sure where to find it. The crisis on the frontier unexpectedly brings him to the only thing that can really change him, despite his best efforts to screw it all up.
Chamberlain breathes a fierce, smoldering hatred into Killain’s enemy, a fearsome and defiant Comanche chief. A powerful and visionary leader, the chief commands his braves with skill, fearlessness and savagery. You know that one of them isn’t getting out of this alive, and it was a surprise as to how the conflict is resolved.
Supporting the main characters is a cast of colorful personalities that bring balance to the story. Chamberlain puts the reader into the minds of his characters in such a way that the plot unfolds naturally and believably. He also honorably brings in the viewpoint of the Native Americans during the violent clash between European and native cultures on the frontier of the American West.
Written by Alana Woods
Reviewed by John L. Work
THIS IS AN EXEMPLARY novel by a master of the craft. Set in Australia, it is so deep, so well written, so intelligently thought out and flows so smoothly that I felt like a participant and personal observer within the events, rather than a reader who was sitting comfortably in my office as the story unfolded. Woods’ experience as a Court reporter makes her tale as authentic, intriguing and interesting as any you’ll ever read. It’s not a quick, shallow read – it’s a real novel.
A young man named Russell, who claims to have no recollection of the crime for which he is to be tried, stands accused of murder. He apparently has amnesia, the result of a brutal beating suffered shortly after the victim’s death. Or does he? The government’s case is overwhelmingly strong, replete with solid circumstantial, forensic, and eye-witness evidence. Russell is looking at some very serious prison time.
Enter Elisabeth Sharman, a beautiful, intelligent, rather pushy, aggressive, somewhat tactless barrister, the newcomer to the office by the way, who is assigned to defend the accused at trial. She encounters her senior instructing solicitor, the dashingly handsome, egotistical Rob Murphy, and some other office staff members who are less than receptive to her presence. And you know the sparks are going to fly, in several different directions..
Tears of Endurance
Written by D. G. Torrens
Reviewed by Ismoore43
When one of them gets the worst news ever the other two will have to be there for them no matter what.
It made me laugh in parts and cry tears of sadness in others.
It is such a touching story and will keep you on the edge wanting to know what will happen and will someone be able to overcome terrible news.
Will love win out or will it just be a great friendship.
What will happen with Arianna and two brothers who both love her. Will someone get their heart broken or will they all be hurt deeply?
Written by Claude Nougat
Reviewed by Abigail Padgett
CRIMSON CLOUDS is a hair-raising coming-of- (Baby Boomer) age story, but an exclusive focus on that dimension may obscure its delicious complexity. Anne Korkokeakivi, writing for THE MILLIONS, notes that French novels tend to be “… dark, searching, philosophical, autobiographical, self-reflective, and/or poetic (without being overwritten).” Author Nougat isn’t French, but her protagonist is, and the novel’s style fails none of these criteria. Indeed, it reads like the haunting, subtitled movie you discuss with friends for months!
The principal narrator, Robert, casts light on a heretofore uncelebrated stage of life – the third. He is retiring from a career at the U.N. and painfully unsure of his next step. Kay, his American wife, is twenty years his junior and deeply involved in her work as the owner of a trendy New York art gallery.
The couple is childless, a decision made years earlier by Kay without Robert’s knowledge or consent, the revelation of which decision causes the couple to separate. Robert is abruptly alone, trying to recapture an abandoned version of himself – the (traditional) artist he wanted to be before choosing a more practical career. He may stay with that career as a consultant, but instead dives headlong into the unknown.
What happens is a fascinating shift.The novel suddenly blossoms into a sort of conceptual magic show. It’s a wild ride into symbolic territory that may jar readers who were expecting either consistency or a sweet, comfortable ending.