Spotlight: Pieces Like Pottery by Dan Buri now available on Paperback!

26878042Happy Sunday everyone!! I feel like I haven’t posted in awhile but life has been crazy and about to get even crazier because school is starting up in late August but I am hoping to get back on track with the blog shortly!

I wanted to post a spotlight post today to let everyone know that Pieces like Pottery by Dan Buri is now available on paperback! This is something that I am really excited about because I am going to be ordering a copy for my bookshelf collection and I can’t wait to get it. I loved it when I read it. I remember when I read it, immediately after I finished I wished I could buy it in physical form so I could reread it as many times as I wanted. I just like to have books that make an impression on me close by, you know?

It is a beautiful short story collection and you can read my review of it here: Pieces like Pottery by Dan Buri. 

You can purchase your very own copy of this collection on amazon at: Purchase a copy!

Enjoy!

Book Review – Pieces Like Pottery: Stories of Loss and Redemption by Dan Buri

26878042Title: Pieces Like Pottery: Stories of Loss and Redemption by Dan Buri
Genre: Fiction – Short Story Collection
Length: 179 pages
Format: Ebook
Publication Date: October 2, 2015
Publisher:  DJB Publishing
Rating – 5/5

Having spent time at #1 on multiple bestseller lists, the first collection of short fiction from Dan Buri, Pieces Like Pottery, announces the arrival of a new American author. In this distinct selection of stories marked by struggle and compassion, Pieces Like Pottery is a powerful examination of the sorrows of life, the strength of character, the steadfast of courage, and the resiliency of love requisite to find redemption.

Filled with graceful insight into the human condition, each linked story presents a tale of loss and love mirroring themes from each of the five Sorrowful Mysteries. In Expect Dragons, James Hinri learns that his old high school teacher is dying. Wanting to tell Mr. Smith one last time how much his teaching impacted him, James drives across the country revisiting past encounters with his father’s rejection and the pain of his youth. Disillusioned and losing hope, little did James know that Mr. Smith had one final lesson for him.

In The Gravesite, Lisa and Mike’s marriage hangs in the balance after the disappearance of their only son while backpacking in Thailand. Mike thinks the authorities are right—that Chris fell to his death in a hiking accident—but Lisa has her doubts. Her son was too strong to die this young, and no one can explain to her why new posts continue to appear on her son’s blog.

Twenty-Two looks in on the lives of a dock worker suffering from the guilt of a life not lived and a bartender making the best of each day, even though he can see clearly how his life should have been different. The two find their worlds collide when a past tragedy shockingly connects them.

A collection of nine stories, each exquisitely written and charged with merciful insight into the trials of life, Pieces Like Pottery reminds us of the sorrows we all encounter in life and the kindness we receive, oftentimes from the unlikeliest of places.

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Happy Tuesday everyone! Today I am sharing with you my review of Pieces Like Pottery: Stories of Loss and Redemption written by Dan Buri. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Pieces Like Pottery: Stories of Loss and Redemption is a collection of short stories that explore such themes as loss, grief, redemption, love and tragedy. There are also a few poems included within this collection.

I really enjoyed each one of these short stories and together I think they made a beautiful collection. I thought that each of them was beautiful and poignant. They were not only well written and overall great stories, they also had great messages and themes that left an impression on me after I read them. I think these are the types of stories that teach you things about life and make you think. They are the types of stories that stick with you long after you have read them and are certainly some of my most favorite short stories that I have read in my reading career thus far. I haven’t read many but this is definitely one of my top five, it may be even top three most favorite short story collections ever and I am really happy that I had the opportunity to read it.

I love the title of this book. I thought it was very fitting of the overall feeling of this collection. I love it when collections, although consisting of individual stories that can stand on their own, are also connected together to form one cohesive whole. This collection definitely achieved that and it was breathtaking. I just really really wish I could buy a physical copy to have on my shelf in my personal collection!

I am giving this book a five star rating! I highly recommend it. If you love short story collections or are a fan of memorable, touching stories you may enjoy this book! It is available on Amazon here: Pieces like Pottery by Dan Buri.

Happy Reading!

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About the Author

61T9F3tBVFL._UX250_Dan Buri’s first collection of short fiction, Pieces Like Pottery, is an exploration of heartbreak and has spent time at #1 on multiple bestseller lists, including for inspirational short stories and inspirational fiction. The writing is uniquely heartfelt and explores the depths of the human struggle and the human search for meaning in life.

Mr. Buri’s non-fiction works have been distributed online and in print, including publications in Pundit Press, Tree, Summit Avenue Review, and TC Huddle. The defunct and very well regarded Buris On The Couch, was a He-Says/She-Says blog musing on the ups and downs of marriage with his wife.

Mr. Buri is an active attorney in the Pacific Northwest and has been recognized by Intellectual Asset Magazine as one of the World’s Top 300 Intellectual Property Strategists every year since 2010. He lives in Oregon with his wife and two-year-old daughter.

 

 

 

 

Blog Tour Book Review: The Sense of Touch by Ron Parsons

The Sense of TouchTitle: The Sense of Touch written by Ron Parsons
Genre: Fiction – Short Story Collection
Published by Aqueous Books
Page count: 250
Format: Paperback
Rating: 4/5

Sprung from the variously lush, rugged, and frozen emotional landscapes of the north country, this luminous collection of stories captures the progress of a diverse ensemble of souls as they struggle to uncover themselves and negotiate a meaningful communion, of any kind, with the world around them. A brilliant but troubled Bangladeshi physics student searches for balance, acceptance, and his own extraordinary destiny after his father disappears. When a Halloween blizzard immobilizes Minneapolis, a young woman is forced to confront the snow-bound nature of her own relationships and emotions. During an excursion to an idyllic swimming hole hidden in the Black Hills, two old friends unexpectedly compete for the affections of an irresistible, though married, Lakota woman. Like a mythical expedition to reach the horizon or the quest to distill truth from the beauty around us, the revelation confirmed by these imaginative stories – elegant, sometimes jarring, always wonderfully absurd – is that the very act of reaching is itself a form of touch. (Goodreads)

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Sense of Touch! I’d like to thank both Ron Parsons and TLC Book tours for allowing me to be a part of the tour and for providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t typically consider myself a fan of short story collections but I’m finding out fast that it is mostly because I just don’t have a lot of experience reading them. This is the second short story collection I’ve read in the past year and I must admit that I am definitely enjoying this previously unexplored territory. I jumped at the chance to read and review The Sense of Touch because of this and also because the description (as you can read above) just drew me in.

I found the complexity of each of Parson’s stories to be rather engaging. I enjoy a story that makes me think beyond the surface…read between the lines. I love stories that teach me something or that can translate it’s meaning into life. Parson’s definitely has this ability. I felt that each story in this book discusses the many ways that people or events touch us, our lives and our thoughts. This book emphasizes the importance of the impact of people and places in our lives even if just for a brief moment, one night or years. The characters really spoke to me as well, although they were not intricately described characters as is possible in a novel, I really felt like they were described in such a way that I could see them clearly and relate to them clearly. I love that the characters are all flawed in their own small ways and searching for something or someone whether it be themselves or just a connection.

I also enjoyed the setting of the stories of this book, the Midwest and I love the ways in which Parson’s describes these settings and the way the characters interact with the environment especially in The Black Hills and Her Heart is Navigated. Parson’s writing is beautiful, elegant and descriptive to the point where I felt like I could touch the snow he described or see the sky as he wrote it. Just beautiful.

While I don’t think that this short story collection (or even short story collections  in general) are for everyone, I loved this collection. I gave this book a rating of 4 out of 5 because of the wonderful writing, the depth of the stories and the fact that I could not stop reading this book!

About the AuthorRon Parsons

RON PARSONS is a writer living in Sioux Falls. Born in Michigan and raised in South Dakota, he was inspired to begin writing fiction in Minneapolis while attending the University of Minnesota. His short stories have appeared In literary magazines such as The Gettysburg Review, Indiana Review, The Briar Cliff Review, Flyway, and The Onion.

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Blog Tour Book Review: Oddities & Entities by Roland Allnach

Oddities and Entities

Title: Oddities & Entities written by Roland Allnach
Genre: Horror – Short Story collection
Published by All Things That Matter Press
Page count: 256
Format: Paperback
Rating: 4/5
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #45

“Set in the mysterious space between the everyday world and an existence just beyond reach, “Oddities & Entities” traces a path through the supernatural, the paranormal, and the speculative. With moments of horror, dark humor, and philosophical transcendence, these tales explore a definition of life beyond the fragile vessel of the human body.”

Welcome to my stop on the Oddities & Entities blog tour! I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review and I’d like to take a moment and thank both TLC Book tours and Roland Allnach for letting me be a part of the tour!

When I read the description above, I was instantly intrigued by Oddities & Entities. The title itself is intriguing as well and I’m happy that I got to read this book during the month of October which is when I like to read paranormal books even more due to Halloween. Surprisingly the only experience I have had reading short story collections has been in undergraduate English classes, other than that this is my first real experience with a book consisting of short stories so I’ve been super excited to read this book.

I found the experience of reading Oddities & Entities to be exciting. Not only was I deeply intrigued by the stories I encountered within the pages of this collection but I found myself biting my nails and trying to guess at where the stories were headed…something I couldn’t do! Although all the stories in this collection subscribe to the horror genre, they deal with vastly different paranormal entities and concepts that can only be described as “odd” or otherworldly. They range from a story about a woman who has grown up in the company of a freaky, paranormal entity called a Curmudgeon to a guy who pretty much snot rockets a gray being out of his brain (you MUST read the book for further detail!). I can honestly say that I have never experienced stories quite like what I encountered in Oddities & Entities which was a wonderfully good thing. I was impressed with the authors style of writing, I love the way he describes the people, places and events in his stories, I think he is a gifted storyteller and is able to craft a narrative that easily transports you into his stories. I was really impressed with the story of Elmer Phelps which is a story about a vampire which is pretty different from any vampire story I have ever read. The vampire is such a pervasive character in the horror genre that when I read a vampire novel sometimes it can feel like a repeat of something I have already read but this story was an entirely different treatment of a vampire that I enjoyed immensely. I almost wish it was a full novel!

I definitely recommend horror fans to check out this collection of horror stories, they are a different breed of their own and I found them immensely enjoyable!

Roland Allnach
To read more about the author, Roland Allnach and his works please visit the links below!

Author’s Website

Author’s Blog

Facebook Page

Also don’t forget to add Oddities & Entities to your Goodreads To-Read List!

 

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