Burn, Do Not Read! Book Review

See? I told you I review other people’s books!

This one in particular was handed to me in person back in August. I must apologize to the author, Kevin Flanders, for taking so long to get to it; The Count of Monte Cristo takes FOREVER to read when you’ve got a job and kids as well.

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Now, to the book: Burn, Do Not Read! By Kevin Flanders.  I have to start off by saying that I didn’t necessarily hold any hopes for this novel, as it was self-published, and as you may know, such books are a hit or miss.  As I began reading, I was afraid it might be a miss; the font changed back and forth between two or three different types, the speaker changed what tense he was speaking in, and the format of the paragraphs was broken at very odd places, breaking up the flow of reading.  I WAS given a “Sample Copy,” however, so I will give the author the benefit of the doubt.  The tense issues mostly ceased by the second or third chapter, and the flow got much better. Basically, all I am saying here is that the book, as I was given it, could use the touch of an experienced editor.

As to the MEAT of the story itself, I will tell you that while I don’t generally go for the suspense/thriller genre, this book definitely qualifies as such. I was engrossed.  The story follows the heartbreaking case of Jack Gibson, a grandfather and recovered alcoholic, who dives dangerously close back into alcoholism when he accidentally hits and kills a 6-year-old boy with his truck one day.  The incident serves to haunt Jack throughout the rest of the book, despite the best efforts of his loving wife Mary, who in turn dies herself a year later.  The combined tragedy drives Jack to decide to leave his life behind and move into a house (which he buys online, sight-unseen but for internet photos), clear across the country, much to the consternation of his family members.

The house is desolate, lonely, creepy, and (I don’t care what anyone else says) totally freaking haunted.  Once Jack has moved, his life seems to jump from livable and almost carefree to a nightmare in his own home, due to the strange sounds and loss of lights… not to mention the constantly-howling coyotes and the scary stories he’s heard about the previous occupants of his little house in the woods. I don’t want to give away the story in its entirety, but I will say that I read on the edge of my seat quite often, and found myself wondering what would happen next, even while out taking a walk on my own.  I was eager to read more, and the plight of Jack being torn between the enticing “sanity” that could be brought back to him by alcohol or the fight with whatever demonic figure was possessing his house was one I could not wait to finish.

Alas, the book does end.  I was on the edge of my seat up until the second-to-last chapter, when the nail-biting terror suddenly stops.  I have to say that the ending was terribly anticlimactic.  So much build-up… it was frustrating to read.  I felt like the story had no tangible resolution, and we are left to wonder what actually happened in the creepy house in the dark woods.

Still, the rest of the book is totally worth the read.  And if you are of a religious tendency, perhaps you can make your own meaning from the end of the story.  I, personally, am going to let my imagination run wild and start drawing monsters in my sketchbook.

 

FREE BOOKS!

I have been busy, busy, busy!  The holiday season is here, and I do hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Work has been crazy, making wreaths, porch pots, baskets, and all sorts of Christmas evergreen decorations every day til I come home covered in pine sap.

I have been working on my apocalyptic future fantasy book, more sporadically than I ought to be, but I am still writing.  I still haven’t had many reviews or heard a lot of feedback about Fuzzy Business 3, so I thought as a Christmas gift to you (for Small Business Saturday) I would run a FREE PROMOTION!

Saturday, November 26th through Monday, November 28th, ALL THREE of my Fuzzy Business books will be a FREE Kindle download!  You can find links to all three books to the left of this page (if you are on a computer), or by scrolling to the bottom on your phone screen.

As always, PLEASE write a review if you read one of my books!  It really helps a lot, and also lets me know if you want me to write more!  Thank you, and enjoy!

I’m running a festival!

Which is partially why I have been so busy lately.  That, and as much as I love writing, I really need to get my outline straight COMPLETELY before I get started.  I may have to scrap entire chapters of my new book because I went on a tangent and diverged from the storyline.

Anyhow, if you live in Massachusetts, you might enjoy my “buy local” festival.  Link here: Spencer LocalFest

I will have a booth there with all of my books, so stop by for an autograph!

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Review Offer!

I have dabbled before… (see PAWS Review)… but now I think I am ready to take on a real challenge.

I would like to read and review your book.

I vastly prefer novels in the genre of fantasy, science fiction, or mystery/thriller, but I will be happy to read a synopsis of your book and decide if it is something I would be interested in.  If the material doesn’t interest me, I can’t read it. I do enjoy a bit of history as well, so historical thrillers or historical romance (not smut) would be considered.

Here is the catch: you will need to provide me with a copy of your book (I have a Kindle, or hard copies are acceptable) and $1 to my PayPal. If these terms are agreeable, please send your review request to ameliaritner@gmail.com.

Warning: I am a Grammar/ English Nazi. If your writing or grammar is terrible, I will not be able to finish reading the book and I will refund your fee. Please write a personal email to prove how articulate you are when you pitch me your story.

Thank you! I look forward to your books!

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Looking for more Fuzzy Business?

I’m spending a year on hiatus from Fuzzy Business, working on my fantasy story project and (of course) working my butt off at gardening jobs.

If you enjoy my Fuzzy Business series, can you please write an Amazon review? Unless you write a review or contact me personally, I really have no idea whether any of you would like me to write more in that series.  And I hate to say it’s a waste of time, but if nobody wants to see more of the humanimal world, I won’t bother writing it.

So, help a writer out! Let me know what you think of ANY of the Fuzzy Business books!  I’d love to see some FB fan art as well, if you draw any.  Here is a picture (original concept art) I drew of Connor:

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