“The Cautioner’s Tale” by R.M. Wilburn

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TheCautionersTaleTHE CAUTIONER’S TALE

R. M. Wilburn
CreateSpace (2017)
ISBN 9781976526138
Reviewed by Skyler Boudreau for Reader Views (12/17)

“The Cautioner’s Tale” by R.M. Wilburn is a futuristic dystopian piece that follows Mary Morgan, assistant to the brilliant Dr. Parsimonious Creed, head of the World Leadership Council. When Dr. Creed is murdered, important files are stolen from his office and his post is left vacant. Among the contenders for his powerful position is billionaire Herr Bigly Rump. Mary is suspicious of his motivations and enters the race to stop him.

At just forty-eight pages, “The Cautioner’s Tale” is a quick but entertaining read for anyone bored of the traditional novel format. Told through a series of letters, journal entries, and other documents, the mixed-media style is a pleasure to look at and suits the piece well. It’s also a clever way of switching the point of view without pulling the reader…

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FairyTale Revenge by J. L. Higgs: A Spoiler-Free Review

I received a free digital copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

FairyTale Revenge is the sequel to Ella: A Stepmum’s Tale. Both deal with fairy tale realism and follow reporter Sylvia Stark as she finds her own life entangled with those of classic fairy tale characters. In this next installment, Sylvia investigates the “real stories” of Snow White and Little Red Riding Hood. Continue reading

Trespassers by Saul Delino: A Spoiler-Free Review

I received a free digital copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Trespassers is a suspense novel about an architect turned celebrity speaker who is being haunted by the traumatic events of his past. He suffers from both agoraphobia and has a disability that keeps him wheelchair-bound. Saul Delino crafts a twisting narrative through a cast of different characters. Continue reading

“China Girl: And Other Stories” by Ho Lin

Here’s a book review I did of Ho Lin’s “China Girl” short story collection for Reader Views.

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ChinaGirlCHINA GIRL: AND OTHER STORIES

Ho Lin
Regent Press (2017)
ISBN 9781587903847
Reviewed by Skyler Boudreau for Reader Views (11/17)

“China Girl: And Other Stories” by Ho Lin is a collection of nine short stories that range from contemporary vignettes to urban fables. The reader explores stories that range from the title piece that details a young woman’s haunting experiences while roaming Beijing, to a film treatment about four people interconnected by a fifth. Each story embraces its climate, whether it be Los Angeles, Hong Kong, or Beijing, embowing its tale with an immersive atmosphere that sucks the reader in. Ho Lin is a master of painting miniature worlds.

The entire collection is a map of tiny collisions, spanning from Eastern versus Western culture to history versus myth. While each piece is unique, Lin’s impressive storytelling weaves them together to build a unique tapestry. His prose is simple, reading almost…

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