April Mini-Reviews

I’ve read 17 books so far this year. For the month of April, I focused primarily on reading library books. Bellevue Public Library started the 2018 Adult Library Program and I wanted to participate. It’s been fun trying out different books and authors.

The following reviews will cover what worked well in the books. If you wish to discuss what didn’t work in the books—or better yet, your own reading goals for the year—I’d encourage you to comment on this post.

Without further ado, here are the mini-reviews for this month. (Mild spoilers may follow.)


Palaces by Simon Jacobs

Before I began reading library books in earnest for the month of April, I decided it was time to read another Two Dollar Radio book. Palaces by Simon Jacobs caught my eye right away with that startling black, white, and red cover. After reading the synopsis, I decided to give the novel a try.

Synopsis from the Two Dollar Radio website:


Eric Shay Howard and the crew at Likely Red have chosen to publish my flash fiction story, “The Squatter’s Inn!” It will be included in “The Fancy Arm Hole Series,” an upcoming series by the press. I’m grateful to this hardworking group of editors for choosing to publish my work.

Chicken Sandwich, low quality food, fast food, By Evan-Amos (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Copyright Evan Amos

So I’ve written a new short story. It’s called “Nourishment” and it is about a traveling preacher-in-training that goes into a diner. It is written in second person. In less than 1000 words, a saucy, colorful waitress in the diner tests the faith of the main character.

The first half of this piece was a breeze. It was the second half that dragged me down. I need to do some editing and revising before I submit it.

This story is for week one. I have to write one more story for week two by Saturday. Okay fellow readers, any ideas on a direction I should take?

Flash Fiction Challenge #2: A Monster’s Email Correspondance

By Jotquadrat (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Graffito (Stencil) Boris Karloff als Frankensteins Monster in der Ohmstraße (südlich Bahnhof Jannowitzbrücke), Berlin-Mitte
Copyright Jotquadrat

This is another flash fiction challenge I am attempting from Chuck Wendig’s blog terribleminds. The idea is to take a spam email and morph it into a horror genre flash fiction piece. After some hard thought, I decided to tweak it just a smidgen. I hope you enjoy it.

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