Monday, April 19, 2010
David Luck sees the best in people without overlooking the worst, and what shines through most of all in this collection is a tenderness for characters from all walks of life-- a homeless woman, a pregnant teenager, the easy mark of a middle-aged American couple visiting England, and the beautiful young pickpocket who inexplicably decides not to rob them. Highly recommended.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
This is a short story book written in a nice, commanding voice. It has good grammar, a grasp on language, and a pleasant narrative tone. The writer offers a variety of stories, some long, some short, some in the first person, some in the third person, etc. I particularly enjoyed "Petey," about a young vet treating a dead parrot. You can feel the vet's inexperience as he tried to deal with the parrot, which has caught his finger in its beak in a death grip. It is bumbling and funny. Likewise, "Katherine and Marlene" is a touching story of two homeless women who share a brief friendship before one freezes to death.
Mainstream Judge: 13
Writer’s Digest, 17th Annual International Self-Published Book Awards Commentary