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Parents' Little Black Book Reviews
on April 09, 2012 :
Mr. Bearup has offered us a collection of varied and interesting short stories in a compilation of about 78 pages.
For someone who reads between 14 and 21 books a week, it is unusual for a book to hold me spellbound but this one did. Nothing would have torn me away from this book other than the house being on fire.
Taken as an entire compilation, each story offered was fully complete in its own right and several of them beg to be a novel. Even in the shortest story of only a few paragraphs, the characters were realistically drawn and their motivation understood. Mr. Bearup is a master at the “show don’t tell” using his words to paint a canvas that brings his protagonists to life.
His stories vary from the sublime to the macabre, bringing the reader with him into the lives of the people he brings to life.
This is an author I intend to watch in the future. He has the makings of a master wordsmith.
Read time: 1 hour (but I re-read the entire book, so it took 2 hours)
(reviewed the day of purchase)