jueves, 26 de julio de 2012

Review of Jack The Homework Eater by Mitt Ray

Jack The Homework Eater by Mitt Ray

Review by Alex Canton-Dutari
Though this story seems directed more at teenagers than adults I found it quite enjoyable, especially as it was well written.
Some situations may have not been quite believabl...e from my adult stance, though my child inner being accepted the presence of several dozen children cramming into Alex’ room.
The final lesson learned was not expected by me, and I was quite pleased by it.
I will definitely read more stories by Mitt Ray.
BTW, I was taken by “Tea being eaten,” an expression I would have frowned upon had a close British friend not explained to me that “tea time” is more than just tea but includes other edibles.

Review of The Three Letters by Robert Ruisi

The Three Letters by Robert Ruisi

Reviewed by Alex Canton-Dutari
"The stories are my song," writes Mr Ruisi in his Author's Message. He certainly sings through his Three Letters.
I cannot say which I liked best, because he was able to high...light something that was special to him about each daughter for whom a letter was intended.
Three messages to convey a father's love for his daughters… Beautiful.
With a bit of editing, mainly for punctuation, the letters will shine.

Review of Dante's Awakening by Devon Marshall

Dante's Awakening by Devon Marshall

Review by Alex Canton-Dutari
I started reading this book with all my preconceived notions about vampires -- Bram Stocker's and others. Watching movies about them was more entertaining than imagining what ...was in print. My fellow readers, was I in for a surprise this time…
Ms Marshall was able to convince me that vampires do exist and have more freedom than I ...thought -- sunlight, loving, and human social acceptance.
The story of "Vampire's of Hollywood" -- Dante's Awakening-- was straightforward, in wonderful English, depicting strong women both of the human type and their vampire counterparts. And the plot was quite believable -- especially by being set in California.
It is necessary to point out that most of the women were into Lesbian sex, which was a delight to read about -- explicitly enough but never vulgar. I jokingly told myself: "If women can produce that kind of orgasms, too bad I'm not one."

Review of Dangerous Times by Phillip Frey

Dangerous Times by Phillip Frey

Review by Alex Canton-Dutari
This thriller caught my interest from the beginning, perhaps because it took me around San Pedro, California, which I remember fondly. It contained all the expected elements -- go...riness, sex, a bit of social exposure and more.
I must say that I felt attached to the main character, Frank, in spite of his criminal mind. For some reason I came to think of him as a criminal with as much geniality as bad luck.
I also appreciated the author's concern about the hostilities between Whites, Blacks and Hispanics, especially the poor of the kind. Though I perceived them portrayed as rather dumb, it was realistic enough.
Nevertheless, I did have trouble following the thread of some characters due to the similarity of their names -- Kirk and Hicks. But this is my fault, not the author's.
I also wonder why, during the reading, I suddenly felt the need to wear a "camelhair coat".

Review of Trophy:Rescue by Paul M. Schofield

Trophy: Rescue (The Trophy Saga) by Paul M. Schofield

Review by Alex Canton-Dutari
I am always a bit afraid when reading a sequel, mainly because of the fear of not remembering the original work. In this case it came back strongly as the ...characters in the sequel continued developing a story that was definitely well stored in my mind.
The creation of an organized, religion-free society was interestingly developed as well as the Compu-Court, which cast doubts about a perfect computer trying to cater to all human needs.
Martin and Panther did remind me of vampires due to their lack of need to breathe, though with normal human feelings.
It was good reading that there is always hope for Mother Earth in the mind of the author. And the “time of the Great Sadness and the New Beginning” was a beautiful way of describing the motive of this good story.
Mr. Schofield has the ability of describing battles with such precision that the reader may feel like a close participant.
BTW, the concept of “joined consciousness” was quite unique creating a take-off from Jung’s collective unconscious put to practical use.
When I read End my first reaction was: I hope not!