If You Go Into The Woods
on Aug. 11, 2011
This short Story was received through LibraryThing Early Reviewers is a short, and easy read. As the stories were short I did not wait, and read these soon. Both this story, and the accompanying story, The reset Button, were enjoyable. Typically I think of short stories as being longer than these, but as I was disappointed when each finished perhaps they were the proper length. Although rather different from each other through characters and settlings, both stories gave the impression that some type of surreal events were occurring. Both introduced events that promised to help develop the main character through references to the past, but both left the reader unsure what had happened. The insinuation of past events gave an interest to the characters, and this did build a curiosity about them. The boy in the title story seems sad and the ending magnifies this. The second story has an ending that seems tragic. I enjoyed both stories and although they were somewhat predictable near the very end, both drew me in and I thought about the characters several times after finishing. When a book makes me think of the characters or the plot after I finish reading I tend to believe the authour did well.. The stories are about 4000 words, and did make for an enjoyable, albeit short, read. They were worth the time.
The October Five
on Aug. 13, 2011
This review is done fulfilling an agreement through LibraryThing Member Giveaways. The copy I received was RTF downloaded from Smashwords (http://www.smashwords.com/) given in return for an unbiased review.
To summarize the book deals with five Vietnam War veterans who have long held a personal secret and who have shared this past since their return. The actual events that brought them together are not revealed until near the book’s end. There were some twists in the plot through the story, and although it could be hard to say who the main character would have been, the author’s focus on several of the individuals makes the plot twists interesting. Some of the characters did not have a lot of fleshing out but Mr. Qureshi did inspire some feeling and empathy for them.
The novel hints at violence but there is no issue with gratuitous violence and even those characters that could be deemed evil are not cast in an entirely bad light. In a similar vein the characters deemed good do have some darker aspects.
I finished this book of about 70,000 words rather quickly because the characters did engage me. The ending was satisfying although all did not live happily ever after. I did enjoy this and will be watching for some other books as this young author develops.