May 23, 2014

ELLA by L.S. BURTON

EllaElla by L.S. Burton
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I came across the e-book "Ella" while I was looking for Canadian emerging writers on Goodreads.
The title and cover picture captured my attention, the author's bio and affordable price convinced me to buy it.
L.S. Burton has a gift with words, his style is fluid and his vocabulary is enviable.
"Ella" is a short story that challenge the readers to find out what the book is about. Unfortunately I lost the challenge and I have no idea what the real deal is. I can tell the author wants to say something by not saying it and letting me see it. I wish I could.
My opinion on reviews is that there is no bad review, just more visibility. Emerging writers need reviews more than they need coffee, so while I give "Ella" one star out of five, I suggest other readers disregard my opinion and try this peculiar, unique read.

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May 19, 2014

THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY by RACHEL JOYCE

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold FryThe Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I saw "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" on a shelf at the news stand of some airport last year. I wrote the title down on my phone and got the e-book from Amazon. It took me longer to find the time to start reading it than to finish the book, 3 days (and nights). Just as I expected, I got sucked in the story right away, while I was pondering over the perfect literary style of the incipit. A very easy read, Rachel Joyce is the stereotypical mainstream fiction writer of 2014. Packed with feelings and interesting characters, "The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry" will keep you company, make you laugh, cry, hope and wonder about life. The ingredients of Rachel Joyce success? Love, death, a pinch of human flaws and a big scary world. Realistic yet dreamy, you will not want to leave good old Harold alone on his journey.

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May 5, 2014

THE WENDY DILEMMA by DAN KILEY

The Wendy Dilemma: When Women Stop Mothering Their MenThe Wendy Dilemma: When Women Stop Mothering Their Men by Dan Kiley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Bestselling author of "The Peter Pan Syndrome", Dan Kiley wrote a second self-help book in 1984 called "The Wendy Dilemma" addressed to women who want to stop mothering their men.
Thirty years later, Dan Kiley theory is still actual and compelling, as women's role in society changed but feelings of inferiority and low self-confidence persist.
I started reading "The Peter Pan Syndrome" and "The Wendy Dilemma" as part of external research for a non-fiction book I meant to write before realizing someone else had already published my very same idea in 2011. Luckily I chose not to interrupt the reading and found myself clearly depicted in some of the examples offered from the author of women struggling to find themselves and express their feelings in appropriate ways.
The first part of the book explains who Wendy is, her characteristics and the reasons for them. There is a simple test to help the readers understand how much of a Wendy is hidden in each one of us.
The second half of the book helps Wendy to become a Tinker, by accepting oneself, overcoming through right behaviors an old sense of inferiority, and eventually set free from wrong relationships.
Dan Kiley has a simple, down-to-earth style with lots of examples taken from his daily practice with patients.
The book also offers a list of helpful readings for further support.

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