Restless Highways, by Melissa L. Webb, is a collection of dark, angry, creepy, scary stories--in other words--it's a hit! Many short story collections are written for one, specific audience. Ms. Webb's collection appeals to both adults and young adults. The suspense that she creates in each story is developed so quickly that when the story suddenly ends, it is as though she has slammed her reader into a brick wall, only to have him rub his head unsure of what has just happened! And then, it comes to the reader that there is more to each story--more that Webb requires the reader to bring to the story. Not only are these ghastly stories good for camp fires and Halloween, but they can also be used in a high school classroom. Ms. Webb accomplishes what she sets out to do--tell a good story or two. She also accomplishes what she may not have anticipated--she requires her readers to think and participate in her stories. Brava!
Joseph Robert Lewis takes the idea of "What If?" to an entirely new and exciting dimension. He recreates our world by asking "what if" so many times that he is able to create an entirely new, entirely believeable world. Most importantly, however, Mr. Lewis is able to create multi-faceted characters who are as flawed as anyone in THIS world. For this reason, even at its most fantastic, seemingly unbelieveable moments, readers are still captured by the fast moving plot and characters who seem real enough to touch.
Stray : Touchstone Part 1
on Aug. 19, 2011
Andrea Host effectively uses a diary format to bring science fiction to young adult readers. Her use of computer interfaces with the brain and the concept of planet “jumping” is done in such a way so as to keep young readers going in a sense. The ideas she presents and the plot that she constructs are en vogue enough with this virtually-active, computer-minded generation. Her story of Cassandra’s trials and tribulations were involved to the point to keep an adult reader reading. This, mixed with the science-fiction aspects of the story will surely keep younger readers reading and asking for more.
This type of novel is not always my favorite pick, but I am glad that I received it through Library Thing or I would have missed a very good read. While I think that the beginning of the novel is a bit heavy---it made me feel as if I missed something important before, the character development and plot structure soon made it something that I found hard to put down. It is clear that Christopher Kellen understands the idea of the Hero's Journey and is able to incorporate it well in his writing. This is certainly a novel that I will encourage others to read!
I have been sitting on two novels that I poured a great deal of time, energy, effort and love into. After reading David Gaughram's book, I not only have the courage it takes to risk publishing, but step by step directions on how to get the job done. I am grateful that he has written his manual in a no-nonsense manner and am appreciative that I know have a map to follow. What a great tool he has given to all writers who want so desperately to be published.
I really enjoyed the collection of stories in this book. Each story, while becoming a bit predictable, followed the short story building "formula" so well that I read a few to my lower reading classes and used them as a teaching tools. When ninth grade English students who can usually care less ask to hear another story, you know you have a winner. This collection is a winner in my humble opinion.
I really enjoyed the idea of a character collecting stories. I love to collect stories as well and believe that everything and everyone has a story behind it. While horror is not really my genre, I did like this book and will recommend it to those who are more into the genre than I am. It was well written and was compelling enough to keep me reading--not bad for someone who doesn't like horror!
Paul Moxham provides readers with a suspenseful story that is sure to keep younger readers interested to the end. The idea of family working together to protect one another, as well as their country is an interesting and timeless one for young and/or reluctant readers—a population that I am familiar with. There are a few bumps and rubs, however, which even a young reader will notice. There is a bit of name confusion at the beginning of the short novel. Mr. Brody becomes a Mr. Mitchell more than once. Also, dialogue during “high action” and “high adrenaline” situations is far too proper and formal. That being said, this is still a short piece that I will certainly purchase another copy of. It will make a good addition to my classroom library.