Bull Garlington is an author and syndicated humor columnist whose work appears in parenting magazines including Chicago Parenting, New York Parenting, Michiana Parent, Tulsa Parent, Birmingham Parent, and Carolina Parent. He is co-author of the popular foodie compendium, The Beat Cop’s Guide to Chicago Eats. Garlington’s features have appeared in newspapers and magazines across the nation since 1989; he won the Parenting Media Association’s Silver Award for best humor article in 2012. His book, Death by Children was a 2013 book of the year finalist for the Midwest Publishers Association, and was named 2013 Humor Book of the Year by the prestigious industry standard, ForeWard Reviews.
on July 12, 2016 :
I am an absolute nut for sea stories. They are what I read most and sea stories is all I write. The thing I like about this sea story in particular is that it pushes the genre. I have a lot of respect for the genre because it's been around since the Bible and after that Homer, who was a sailor. There are not many authors who attempt the sea story because most readers can't relate to ships and sea voyages. But this author jumps right in (no pun intended, lulz). And it's not a straight story, there are magical elements both in the plot and in the narration.
This story starts on a cruise ship and with a simple shocking event two characters are in a terrible situation. At first I kept trying to reread and track on exactly what was happening, but realized that was not necessary. I just went with it. There's a larger poetic flow to this story that I really enjoyed. The author's playful use of language made me want to continue reading along. We follow along with the stories about other sailors, fisherman, Vikings on other ships, in other times, but all the while there are signs that we are still with the same two characters we were with at the beginning. What more can I say, I liked it.
(review of free book)