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How about a story, a joke, a quip, a witty remark? H.D. Greaves, who lives in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, where he was born and raised, can give you all of those, as he does his good friends all the time. Indeed, he is well known for his outrageous sense of humour. Although he has travelled extensively, his island home has always held a special place in his heart. Now in his seventies, he continues to write new novels and short stories, as well as regaling his friends with his whimsical comments. He sings too! (To which his friends, with rolling eyes, say, "Oh, God, help us!")
Six of his books are now on Amazon Create Space Print on Demand hardcopy, for all readers who prefer holding a book in hand rather than reading ebooks via an ereader such as a Kindle or a Kobo or a Nook. These books can now be purchased in hardcopy through Amazon:
MANDRAGORA - A Ribald and Irreverent Tale from the Italian Renaissance, has, since its publication as an ebook on Smashwords, has gained thus far five excellent reviews (on Amazon/Kindle), as well as a fine critique on The Podler Review of Books. An outrageous satirical comedy, it continues to delight readers with its wit, sexual situations, and sleazy characters.
OF BLISS AND GRANTED WISHES - A True Story Told as a Novel, is about aging and an ageless love, and yes, it's all true.
THE NARRATIVE VOICE - Nine Intriguing Stories and a Novella: The Witch of Tabaquite, is proof that with perseverance (and not a little luck), it is never too late to create and to succeed.
POONKY DOODLES - A Novel of Growth and Survival.
DRAMATIS PERSONAE - Poems of Comedy and Tragedy, a book with a wide variety of poems
SEVEN PLAYS - A collection of plays - one acts, full-length epics, all suitable for all ages, comedies and melodramas.
Available on Smashwords are his plays as individual playscripts:
ATASCADERO! and INCIDENT IN A DUCKYARD are unusual adaptations of stories by Hans Christian Andersen.
Other plays are GNATWING! - A Farce for Clowns, THE FIREBIRD, DISAGREEMENT IN EDEN, and the ever popular RUMPLESTILZKIN.
H.D. is currently working on another novel: CLIZIA – A Tale of Scandalous Surprises, based on an Italian Renaissance comedy by Niccolò Machiavelli.
on March 24, 2013 :
In this unusual collection of fiction, ranging in length from a one-page short-short story to the novella that ends the book, author H.D. Greaves demonstrates a variety of unique narrative perspectives, as well as an adept use of the English language. Most particularly, he is an expert in setting the mood of each story through a careful choice of words and sentence structure.
The stories span the past and present in locales both imaginary and real, embracing humor and irony, intrigue and suspense, and the whole gamut of human affect from sorrow to joy. Characters range from young to old and include animals and even – in an amazing short story called The Cuckoo’s Lament - the cuckoo in a cuckoo clock!
A novelist, Greaves is at his very best in the longer stories and the novella, which give him more room to develop situations and characters. My favorite short stories were Turandot’s Ukulele and Going Barefoot into Paradise, but the real tour de force is the novella The Witch of Tabaquite, which is set in the West Indies and is not to be missed!
This is Greaves’ initial short story collection, and he has taken the form and offered an intriguing potpourri of something for everyone.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)