Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Meat Ladder to Mars by Eugenio Negro

Zosime, once an important crewmember at the doomed sky ladder, is now under one of the world’s largest landfills, loading an antiquated space shuttle with unprotected livestock. Suddenly the world-wandering heroine is given the choice to follow her heart and heal her family or follow orders.
Using the gentri-fi genre, Eugenio Negro presents the moment before colonization of the planet Mars. Negro’s controversial story examines the economic and cultural forces at work in the Mars mission, and asks: is space exploitation the dream of all humankind?

The Gist:
It's a book about a government worker concerned with the welfare of some mistreated pigs, though she's not supposed to be.

The Good:
The writing is beautiful and organic, but not frivolous. The writer's words are dedicated to action more than scenery. The political statement in Meat Ladder to Mars is clear. I also loved the melding of cultures and Zosime's interaction with her coworkers.

The Bad:
Without quotes or breaks the dialogue was hard to follow, although I enjoyed the realness of each character's distinct voice. Also, the story in the middle became monotonous and almost lost me.

The Conclusion: 
Meat Ladder to Mars is good for readers who enjoy the political genre. It's still a decent story even if you don't pick up on that statement.

Once more a few earthlings clever and greedy enough to abandon their fellow earthlings would sail in a gourd of ashes up over the rocketburnt refuse of Olusosun, above all the Earth's landfills, across the infinite lifeless sea beyond, and they'd do it using nothing but math and explosive chemicals.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

A Note on Children's Books

I love reviewing children's books. My kids love that we review them together. They get excited when a new one comes in the mail. They voice their opinions and I share them with my readers. Folks, I DO NOT READ MY KIDS BEDTIME STORIES FROM MY KINDLE. Why? Because it's black and white. Because it's small. Because I can't hold it between the three of us and experience the pictures that go with the story. And because they can't take my Kindle to bed with them and gaze at the pretty pages and remember the story until they drift off to dreamland. So please stop offering review copies of children's stories on Kindle or on PDF. Even if it sounds great, I will automatically delete the request. Sorry. I understand that hard copies cost money. Remember, I'm an author, too.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Open for Submissions

Nevermind the Furthermore is again accepting submissions. Please review the guidelines page thoroughly before sending your request.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Confessions of a Wedding Musician Mom by Jennifer McCoy Blaske

I had expected something completely different from this book. I thought I'd just be reading about weddings and piano playing. But Confessions of a Wedding Musician Mom was actually about perusing a dream while juggling the reality of mom life. Any mom can relate to that. I mean, normal moms, not those super moms who have it all under control and their dream career to boot.

At times I thought the author had been peeking into my life. I have two kinda small kids. The main character Heather has two kinda small kids. I agonize over taking my kids in public. Heather agonizes over taking her kids in public--with good reason. The experiences Heather has in this story mirror my own and probably those of most moms.

As she chases her dream of playing piano for happy brides, things go less than smoothly. Things go wrong. She wants to give up. Jennifer McCoy Blaske's novel isn't predictable at all. I was 80% into the book and still had no clue how it would end.  Because it was real.

Confessions of a Wedding Musician Mom is a fast read. It's only 142 pages and is fast-paced. Because the last book I read was long and heavy, I appreciated the lightness of this one. I'm looking forward to reading books from this author in the future. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Coming Soon: Favorites of 2016

Since we're coming up on the end of the year (yes we are, don't deny it) I've begun to compile a list of my favorite reads of 2016. If you've enjoyed one of the books I've reviewed I'd love to see your comments here. Honorable mentions will be those books that my audience loved but didn't make my list. These don't need to be books published in 2016, just books read in 2016. So comment comment comment and help me end the year with some great book recommendations.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Savaged Lands by Lana Kortchik

Savaged Lands is a story of a family whose lives have been overturned with the invasion of Kiev by the Nazis. Natasha struggles to survive and finds help from a handsome Hungarian soldier.

I'm not usually drawn to sad stories. This one was very sad. I wondered through the whole book if the family would survive and if the story would have a happy ending. If you enjoy tear-jerking drama, I recommend Savaged Lands. It's also a great lesson in the history of WWI as it drops you into the middle of the human experience.

I had one major issue with the writing. In two chapters the tense suddenly shifted from past tense to present tense. Both chapters were sex scenes which makes me believe that this shift was intentional, but it pulled me out of the story. Also, sometimes authors feel they need to add erotic scenes to sell to an adult market. Here it was unnecessary and felt forced, especially with the change in tense.

Still, Savaged Lands impacted me emotionally. Yes, it was heartbreaking, but it also showed me the importance of the war and defending the freedoms of others.