Sunday, February 28, 2021
A Short & Eclectic Collection!
A Short And Eclectic Collection Of Poems And Short Stories!
This is a short and eclectic collection of poems and short stories – and two pictures. While all are serious in tone, the narrators are varied. They include Job’s wife, a widow, a slab of clay, a nameless ‘he’ and ‘she,’ and a cat. Each is beautifully worded and thoughtful in nature. See a description of each piece below. I rate this dark anthology four stars.
As for the Audio: it is well-performed and consistent with the book.
I received an audiobook and am voluntarily leaving a review.
“I Am What I Am”:
This short story is inspired by the Book of Job, a poetical book from the Old Testament. The Book of Job is about justice and suffering. Here is a story about Job’s wife, who desperately wants her own place in history, which is a man’s world. She suffered alongside Job, losing her wealth and her children, and has finally been buried by Job. She meets Satin, who tempts her as he did her husband. The story is both smart and beautifully written. Great care is taken to paint the surroundings in vivid detail.
This is the brief story of a widow who revisits the diary that stores her memories of her late husband David, and the hollow that appears to her.
This rather creative short story is narrated by a has-been slab of clay. Shaped by her Creator – a sculptor – it traces the beginnings of consciousness, when the slab is chiseled into the shape of a woman, until she turns to ash.
This is a poem about ‘he’ and ‘she’ that seams to continue the story of the statue in “I, Woman” and her male counterpart, Adam, after they have turned to dust.
“The Art of Dust I” and “The Art of Dust II”:
These are photographs.
“The One Who Never Leaves”:
Cat lovers will love this short story which is told from a cat’s point of view. This older cat has been domesticated most of his life and rules his home as well as his owner. The cat’s attitude is on the dark side, but it feels remarkably realistic for anyone that has spent some time around cats!
Saturday, February 27, 2021
I love holding a book, and the touch and weight of a hardcover one makes me realize how substantial it is and how much care has been taken to design it for me. So when Amazon invited me to join its Beta program for creating hardcover editions, I jumped on the opportunity and have been hard at work to create and publish new hardcover editions for my series, Still Life with Memories (in addition to the ebook and paperback editions.)
If you love my writing, consider getting the hardcover editions of one of my books (or several of them) as a special gift for a special occasion for special someone in your life.
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Better than the original
I first became a fan of Uvi Poznansky when we were both selected as contributors to an anthology of medical thrillers. As I read more of her work, I grew increasingly impressed with how effectively she writes across genres, shaping her style, tone, and tempo to the story being told. Perhaps that explains why, when she turns to historical fiction based on well-known biblical characters and accounts, we find her at her most poetic.
“A Favorite Son” revisits the family of the Hebrew patriarch Isaac at the time that sons Jacob and Esau are vying for both their father’s affection and for his inheritance or ‘the birthright.’ Uvi’s narrative immediately reminded me of the puzzlement I have experienced when reading this biblical account—wondering why the conniving and deceit of Isaac’s wife Rebecca and the second-born of his twins, Jacob, were somehow presented as admirable. In Uvi’s beautifully written retelling of the story, set in modern times but still in a nomadic, patriarchal community of desert dwellers, Uvi suggests that even in the most blessed of families, husbands and wives, fathers and sons, and brothers and brothers are often left to work through the weakness, greed, and deceits of their humanity while surrounded by “the silence of God.” Though his deception, as we know from the biblical account, does lead to Jacob obtaining the birthright, Poznansky shows us that birthright is not always ‘a blessing’ and that the sins of the fathers can indeed be visited upon their sons for generations thereafter.
Several earlier reviewers were troubled by the ambivalence of the time frame created by this nomadic family living in a day of trains, planes, and automobiles. I frankly found that a clever and provocative conveyance of the message that what is old is new, and that the family squabbles and dysfunctions of the ancients are no less the challenges of our own fragile relationships. As importantly, this modern retelling illuminates in beautiful prose the layers of meaning and message that lie in what we may once have viewed as a simple explanation of a hiccup in patriarchal order. The audio narration by David Kudler only adds to the poetic quality of this captivating and beautifully presented tale.
Born in Potsdam, Germany, Gisela Sedimayer has a love for the written word. Having moved to New Zealand and then to Austria, and having fought her cancer with the best weapon--creativity--she is the author of the Talon series, bringing the story and the characters to life over the course of several years. I am thrilled to find her review review for my thriller, Overdue:
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
I love holding a book, and the touch and weight of a hardcover one makes me realize how substantial it is and how much care has been taken to design it for me. So when Amazon invited me to join its Beta program for creating hardcover editions, I jumped on the opportunity.
In the last couple of weeks I've been hard at work to create and publish new hardcover editions for all my books (in addition to the ebook and paperback editions.) If you love my writing, consider getting the hardcover editions of one of my books (or several of them) as a special gift for a special occasion for special someone in your life.
The Hardcover edition of The David Chronicles: Trilogy has a larger trim size than the individual books, larger even than its paperback edition. Instead of a trim size of 6x9, It is 7x10. Why? First, because to me, the larger size signifies it is an important book. And second, because in their Beta program Amazon has an upper limit of 550 pages, and the paperback edition exceeds that by far (689 pages) so I figured that if I make the trim size larger, I could design the interior of the book and bring the page count within limits.
And it goes well with the six companion art books. Inspired by Art: Fighting Goliath, Inspired by Art: Fall of a Giant, Inspired by Art: Rise to Power, Inspired by Art: A Peek at Bathsheba, Inspired by Art: The Edge of Revolt, and Inspired by Art: The Last Concubine are now in their hardcover edition and premium color interior on white paper. In these books, the masters of art describe the amazing story of one of the most iconic figures in history, moment to moment from youth to old age. It makes you realize how many angles there are to interpreting every detail and for understanding history.