John Bates

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Smashwords book reviews by John Bates

  • Southern Stories on Aug. 09, 2011
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    There is nothing uniquely "southern" about "Southern Stories". Stephano's Tallahassee could just as easily been St. Paul; Woodrow's cotton fields could easily have been corn fields; and Leonard's South Carolina mill town could have been in Massachusetts. The stories do not revolve around, or depend on, location. Instead they are strong, well written, and somewhat surprising stories about taking responsibility, meeting obligations, and discovering in the end that the result of living your life well is worth the effort--even if the effort is not necessarily what you thought it would be.
  • The Good Harvest on Oct. 02, 2011

    This is a very well-told story. Straley has presented well defined, believable characters in a swashbuckling and at the same time sentimental narrative. I am looking forward to the next installment.