Monthly Archives: December 2012
Rating: 4 of 5
Author: Philip D. Luing
Luing’s collection of prose and poetry to his longtime partner Stephen is a gift to readers. These intensely personal and emotional writings could have remained private, for only lovers to share, but as Luing mentions in his dedication our society continues to make the personal political. My hope is that through sharing their experiences, society may better appreciate the personal and one day remove the political.
Bliss starts with the “meet cute” between Philip and Charles Stephen. Returning from a dance concert, Philip stops in for a quick drink at a nearby bar where he unexpectedly meets a somber Charles Stephen; a close friends battle with liver cancer is the cause of Stephen’s mood. But Philip is quickly drawn to Stephen and a relationship blossoms. They move in together and as the seasons pass, their love grows. Philip’s gift is his writing and he conveys in wonderful verse their anniversaries, holidays, and everyday life. The story of remaking their entire bedroom because of the purchase of one slightly too large chair was whimsical while the poem “Wrinkle Cream” beautifully describes how life inscribes itself on Stephen’s face as Philip ponders which lines if any are his.
As the title betrays, the story culminates in a beautiful marriage proposal from Philip. Charles Stephen closes the book with his touching thoughts.
I cannot thank both of them enough for sharing their story with all of us.
Congratulations to you both.
Note: A complimentary copy of this work was provided in return for a review.
Rating: 4 of 5
Author: Tim Fairchild
Off the coast of New Guinea, Josh Turner and his archeology interns are celebrating the end of their three month excursion when what looks like a meteor lights a fire in the sky. A subsequent explosion and shock wave cause a killer wave to rush up on their small vessel crushing it like a toy. Only Josh and one intern survive what both believe at the time to be Mother Nature’s wrath. Months later, in the Canary Islands, Josh, his father, and their team learn that the killer event was not an accident. That a shadow organization has put in place a plan so evil and destructive that the world will never be the same. Unfortunately, there is no time to get help as the next event is imminent. Can Josh and his friends stop it in time?
Zero Point, by Tim Fairchild, starts with a heart pounding catastrophe which quickly draws the reader in. Complete with James Bond-esque evil bad guys with their elaborate hideouts and plans for world domination and Indiana Jones type adventure, the story resembles a summer popcorn blockbuster. However, I did wonder at times why the evil plans had to be so complex when the bad guys already had such resources and technology like Zero Point energy which would have allowed them to take over the world economy all on its own. But again like a bond movie, one has to accept the premise and hang on for the ride. To this end, Zero Point fits the bill well.
Overall, Fairchild’s Zero Point is a fast, fun read.
Note: A complimentary copy of this novel was provided in return for a review.