This review is from: The Adventures of Charlie Smithers (Kindle Edition)
The Adventures of Charlie Smithers is an often witty and historically
accurate tale of an Englishmen in the mid 1800's embarking on a journey
to Africa. Charlie is clearly no stranger to getting himself in and out
of tough situations, often with some well placed humor along the way.
story itself is fast paced and very well written. The action sequences
are vivid and easy to follow. The book was a real page turner as I
finished it in less than a week. It truly has it all, action,
adventure, humor, sadness and love. It is so easy to find yourself
rooting for Charlie, who is such an endearing and charming character.
Kudos to Mr. Lovatt on a job well done. The adventures of Charlie Smithers is highly recommended!!
I received my copy of Canadian Stories in the mail today, and I see that Ed, the managing editor, left a not so subtle hint on the front of the envelope. I'm thinking he put that there because I almost missed it last year, and ended up with the winning entry in Creative Non-Fiction.
I'll have to see what I can do to accommodate him.
There's lots of work to do yet: loads of wrinkles to iron out (and a few lumps that might require a hammer) but that all important first milestone has been reached: the rough draft to Charlie Smithers' sequel, "Charlie Smithers - Adventures in India"(title subject to change without any notice whatsoever) is now complete.
Hopefully I can have it ready for submission by Spring, and then we'll see.
You might remember my post about giving a reading to the Creative Writing class at Brandon University a while back? Well I just received this card from the students, signed by all, thanking me for the evening.
I wasn't expecting anything like this, and it certainly doesn't come along every day...but then I already told you that they were a great bunch, didn't I?
BTW, I feel it should be me thanking them; it was a fantastic experience. Maybe we can do it again sometime.
Just below it you'll find a review that is quite a bit different. That in itself isn't surprising - no book can please everyone. I knew that with my work available to the public and all, it would have to happen one day, and it finally did. What I wasn't sure of is how I was going to handle it.
It's not so bad. I mean, his opinion is one thing, but he so obviously meant to be hurtful that it was more a statement about himself than about my work. Still, he did buy the book, and that entitles him to say whatever he likes about it. It just makes me all the more grateful for the rest of you.