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I love books. I have had a relationship with books for as long as I can remember. I love turning pages, holding a book in my arms, er, hands, and smelling the unique scent of that particular book. I love old books and new stories. So as a writer I am a reader first.
I began reading (my mother's James Hadley Chase novels) before I was six, and have never stopped. I usually read five or six books a week, unless they are huge: eg "Lord of the Rings" in one volume, or "Winter's Tale" (Mark Helprin).
I used manual typewriters for years. My favourite was an Olivetti Lettera 32 portable which I inherited from my mother, and which was my mainstay for about 20 years, after she had used it for a similar period. Yes, they are rather more durable than computers!
I am an unabashed romantic. I buy flowers for my wife whenever the notion takes me, and I write her a poem at least once a year. I adore soppy romantic scenes in movies (as in the willow pool in "The Little Mermaid" and the balloon launch in "Tangled"). You may notice that I also love most animated movies!
I have sailed, as a radio officer on cargo ships, the Atlantic from Cape Town to North America, and the Indian Ocean from South Africa to Australia and Asia. I remember cyclone Gabrielle, ca. 1982, where we came so close to capsizing near Mauritius that I found myself almost hanging from a hatchway, looking down through a porthole toward the surface of the sea.
My favourite genre is SF and Fantasy, although I also read a lot of crime thrillers and may try my hand at a murder mystery one day. However, I will read practically anything. I am least fond of Horror and supernatural books of that ilk.
Less interesting information:
I am South African, born in Cape Town in 1958. I am married (1991, and still married, to Chantelle). We have four cats, which we inherited from the bush next door.
I prefer my books to be freely available to readers, so I follow a liberal policy on distribution.
on Nov. 14, 2014 :
Tadao and Yuzuki spent three years together as the best of childhood friends, brought together by the wandering cat Gekkō-san and their loneliness. It is not until Tadao must leave the city with his parents at the age of 14 that he and Yuzuki realize they were more than just friends. The two young kids make a pact by the moon, that in seven years they will meet again in their special place on the beach. “And then, too soon, we were parted, with nothing to sustain us but faith and moonlight.” (Location 419).
Moonlight is an adorable short novel at just around 50 pages and the entire time I was reading it I was reminded of an animated short. Moonlight has a wonderfully delightful twist to the romance that involves what I would call magical realism. In order not to spoil the book, I will not go into further detail but I will say that it was a well-executed twist that gives the story more depth and meaning.
Moonlight involved a cute story of a romance between two of the sweetest characters. Unfortunately because it was such a short book, the reader is not given much information about the characters as individuals, although I believe the story stands alone solidly without the need for more background or description. Personally I would have liked more information, but that’s because the story was so well-rounded and easy to read that I wanted more of it.
David Rose gives us something a little different with Moonlight and I was thoroughly delighted with this short romance story set in Japan.
I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys short stories, cute romances, stories set in other countries such as japan, or animated shorts.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
on Nov. 12, 2014 :
This is a gentle Japanese manga type story about a boy, a girl, a cat, a tragedy, and magic. If you are familiar with the Japanese type of story, you probably know how it ends, but it is a nice read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Oct. 19, 2014 :
Moonlight by David Rose is a middle grades YA fantasy about the eleven-year-old Tadao, his childhood gal pal Yuzuki, her magical cat Gekkō-san, and their journey through childhood into true love.
Tadao and his parents just moved into town, and the mother shoos her son into the garden to explore while she unpacks. A beautiful cat with silver-grey fur and pale golden eyes squeezes through the fence and sits down as comfortable as you please. A pretty ten-year-old girl follows her kitty into the garden, and so begins the wonderful friendship between two lonely children.
They soon became as close as brother and sister, and also best friends. The teens’ friendship turns into young love. As often happens with working parents, in less than four years Tadao’s parents must move to another town. A few months after Tadao moves away, the biggest loss takes Yuzuki away forever. But the little cat Gekkō-san works her magic with the moonlight, and nothing is ever the same for Tadao.
Moonlight is a bittersweet story full of beautiful images. David Rose uses a masterful hand capturing the innocence and sweetness of solemn childhood promises. A life of duty and inevitability swirl around these children living in their Japanese world.
This story would delight all young YA readers with its rich fantasy world and a most magical moonlight-colored cat.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on May 25, 2014 :
Moonlight from David Rose is a fine love story about second chances and the power of love over life and death. It's difficult to describe the plot without giving away several of the major plot twists, but suffice to say, the story moves several times in unexpected directions. It's told alternately from the perspective of the two main characters, Tadao (which means 'loyal') and Yuzuki (whose name means 'tender moon'). The imagery of the moon is beautiful throughout and is personified in the character of the moon who bathes the lovers in his presence.
What I love about David Rose's writing is his ability to pack a great deal into a short space. This story is not quite novella length but it manages to feel real and substantial. I debated between 4 stars and 5, and in the end settled for four. The prose focuses almost exclusively on the characters and makes little use of the different senses, or backstory and setting (modern Japan, but I did not 'feel' it), and in the final analysis I felt that there was just too little to really move me to care enough for the characters and their situation. However I want to add that the story is well told and hangs together well. It's definitely one for the romantics!
Most enjoyable reading and I thank David for providing a copy for an honest, non-reciprocal review. I will be reading this author again.
(review of free book)