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on Feb. 26, 2011 :
This collection of stories is ambitious in both its variety of stories -- historical, whimsical and fun, and in the author's attempts to share with readers the history and culture of the Hawaiian islands. He is fearless in terms of the range of what he attempts to do, despite that fact that he's not always successful.
The Disappearance of Kappa and the Bone House were particularly enjoyable. I do wish that the author would be less greedy in his ambitions. He often tries to do too much in one story and the result is that characters aren't filled out as well as they could be, or his timing suffers or he tries to include too much local color of language and the "mainland"reader is lost, lacking the context that would be obvious to a local person.
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William Wayne Dicksion
on Feb. 14, 2011 :
I enjoyed the short stories very much and wish they were longer. Gene is a great story teller, and I'm finding out just how good by reading his other books.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)