Welcome to the Wednesday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore Author Updates with new releases and reviews.
The first author today is Geoff Le Pard with a recent release – The Sincerest Form of Poetry
About the collection
An anthology of poems, inspired by the top 100 British poems and a love of sonnets
One of the early reviews for the book by Colleen Chesebro 23rd September 2020
Geoff Le Pard is one of my favorite contemporary poets. His acerbic wit makes me laugh, and there are no out-of-bounds topics in his repertoire of verses. Some of his poetry is raw, exposing the trials and tribulations related to the everyday grind of being human. Many of his poems explore the irony of our daily circumstances with an emphasis on humor—always ready to make you smile, or possibly blush!
Le Pard has a style all his own, and he writes a form of ‘found poetry’ with inspiration from many of my favorite British poets: Shakespeare, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Rudyard Kipling, Percy Bysshe Shelley, William Wordsworth, Dylan Thomas, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, W.B. Yeats, and many others. Le Pard uses the first line of the actual poem as they wrote it, continuing on with his own poetic genius.
The second half of the book the author explores the sonnet, with poems comprising fourteen lines with an iambic rhyming scheme. This is where he truly shines. They say all poets have a favorite form they like to write and clearly; the sonnet speaks to this author.
He shares in the Genesis section of the book:
“In 2007, I was taken with the urge to write poetry. From where that emerged, I will have to leave to psychologists, though some have noticed my father’s death (he wrote delightful poetry) occurred some eighteen months before I found the courage to commit myself to the ether. I found, almost immediately that, unlike prose, poetry is a more intense and challenging medium to embrace. It needs, above all else, a depth of inspiration that a short story or even a novel does not demand. It has been my joy and challenge to find and hold on to such inspiration.”
I read this book in two nights, sometimes shaking the bed in quiet laughter to not disturb my sleeping spouse. This was a delightful read and the perfect gift for the poetry lover in your family.
Also by Geoff Le Pard
The first review today is for Harmony Kent for her dystopian novel Fallout.
About the book
WHEN EVERYTHING FALLS APART, WHAT CAN YOU DO?
The year is 3040.
The location is Exxon 1, part of a six-planet system in settled space.
Determined to avoid the mistakes of old Earth, the surviving humans avoided democracy and opted, instead, for a non-elective totalitarian system.
The new way worked well, until now.
A crazy, despotic president releases a nano-virus on the population.
No one was ready for the fallout. It came anyway.
In this post-apocalyptic world, can you stay safe?
One of the recent reviews for the book on Goodreads
I don’t read too many post-apocalyptic novels, but the blurb on this one caught my attention. These three lines made me buy the book and look forward to reading it. “A crazy, despotic president releases a nano-virus on the population. No one was ready for the fallout. It came anyway. In this post-apocalyptic world, can you stay safe?”
My good faith gamble on the blurb paid off by an excellent plot and exciting story. I’m not going to relay the full scenario here but would instead focus on my overall impressions. The book takes place on the planet Exxon 1. There is one guy in charge, and for reasons, we’ll find out later he decides to take out the planet inhabitants with a virus.
The cure for the virus is on its way to the president when the vehicle carrying it crashes. A qualified special trooper with orders to find it arrives on the scene. He finds instead a girl named Pryia who has been raped and beaten and left for dead. The remainder of the book deals with Pryia experiencing the highs and lows of the human condition. What makes this main character unique is all the implants that most of the planet inhabitants rely upon for managing everyday life are missing. She is totally on her own in an environment where no one can be trusted, and instinct alone can be the difference between life and death.
If you like a story that rewards the reader with a well-conceived and tightly wound plot set in a way that keeps you on the edge of your seat, this is one you will like. The action takes place in the future, but through the skill of the author, the reader comes to feel comfortable that the future is very much like today. In other words, the reader does not have to be a sci-fi fan to enjoy this book. I enjoyed Fallout by Harmony Kent very much.
A small selection of books by Harmony Kent
The final author today is Marina Osipova with a recent review for her latest novel – Too Many Wolves in the Local Woods
About the book
Two unlikely women with a shared history, two different turns of fate.
The end of the 1930s. The specter of twisted paranoia of Stalin’s unrelenting dictatorship continues to tighten over the Soviet Union. NKVD, the country’s secret police, coerces University graduate Ursula Kriegshammer, a Soviet Volga German with special skills, into serving this regime.
Natasha Ivanova, a worker at a metal plant in Vitebsk, a city at the western border of the
When in 1941 the German Army invades Byelorussia, both women seem to be helping the cause to fight the ruthless occupiers. But when their paths cross, tragedy strikes and one must carry the burden of guilt. Will she ever find peace with herself and the way out of the trap fate prepared for her?
Years later, the daughter of one of them launches on a quest to uncover the heroic nature of her mother’s role in WWII, only to discover a heart-shattering revelation of her own parentage.
One of the recent reviews for the book
Reviewed in the United States on September 21, 2020
What a fabulous follow-up to “How Dare the Birds Sing”! Osipova has once again brought the Soviet’s side of WW2 to life with true grit and an insight that I respect and appreciate. As I did with Khaled Hosseini’s “The Kite Runner”, I got completely immersed into a culture and world I thought I might know something about only to realize how very little I knew. Osipova’s a master at storytelling, evoking all the senses. The characters are as fresh and three-dimensional as you can get. They linger with you long after putting the book down. Highly recommended!
Other books by Marina Osipova
Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books.. thanks Sally.