on Jan. 4, 2013 :
Loved It!! Each story leaves you wanting more. Keeping you involved and captivated until the very end. Wonderfully written, each and every one. The mix of emotions you will experience with each one as it transports you through their world is amazing. I would definitely recommend this book to family and friends. Thank you to the writers for keeping us entertained.
(reviewed 46 days after purchase)
on July 17, 2011 :
Hawkinson exercises an extraordinary imagination and welcomes even the pickiest readers. This selection is a great sampling of the many talents of writing from Hawkinson. Whether it is the twisted story of Bent Tines, the spine tingling Bingo Killer, or the good deeds of The Benefactor, readers will surely be pleased from the beginning to end. Personal favorites would include The Bony Men where Jonquil and Aspen are taunted by seeing the unexplained, and Callie’s Fiddle which reminds us that many people are happy and content with what they have.
"Replaced By a Stranger"
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
on July 8, 2011 :
Clever, Silly, Creepy, Awesome, Intriguing, Random, Suspenseful, Fun, Disturbing, and sometimes completely crazy are only some of the words that could explain “Catch Her in the Rye”. I am convinced that the team going by the name of Wodke Hawkinson is not only two people but more along the lines of twelve. Some of whom are deliciously disturbed, but all of whom I must thank endlessly. If you think that a book has a target audience this collection of short stories will surprise you. There is something there for everyone.
“Glyn-ese Rosedew and the Inn“ is a great read that could easily be expanded to fill an entire novel, while some of the shorter pieces like “Bent Tines” make the most out of the shock factor in their brevity. If you are looking for something to make you think, read “Adverbosity” but readers beware of this one if you don’t like Adverbs.
Reading the bulk of the book in one evening after a stressful day at the office, I could not put it down for the soothing effect it gave my frazzled nerves. It is by far the best literary antidote I’ve found to stress. I found myself laughing, nearly crying, shaking my head in bewilderment, and pausing over the clever turns of phrase that consistently appear in a wide variety of stories with completely different styles and themes.
Having never been a large reader of short stories, this book has opened my eyes to the skill required to write and the joy received in reading such a wonderful collection. Some of the stories are purely fun, while others will make you think. A few of the stories seemed like filler, which was disappointing. Still, since I loved most of them I read all of them, even the less entertaining. The content was well arranged and well edited, a fine example of an eBook publication.
I happily recommend “Catch Her in the Rye” for anyone, anywhere who could use a moment’s entertainment, and a good story or two.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)