WHOO HOO!!!! These past two weeks have been INSANE. Thank you all for joining me for Tough Girl's debut and for visiting me on tour. It means a lot. We have one last stop to make. Today, I will be visiting my friend Daniel Clausen. There, I will discuss my first adventures with designing aliens.
Here, I will be posting the review I posted on Goodreads for Daniel's book, The Ghosts of Nagasaki. It's on sale for .99 for the kindle version and, quite frankly, it's worth so much more than that. Here's my review:
Wow. There were moments in this book where I was swept away into an
entirely new reality. Few of those moments were with the ghosts or the
more experimental portions of the book. I liked those moments,
appreciated the difficulty and the skill it took to write them, but what
really grabbed me was the main character struggling with the death of
his foster mother and with finding his own place in the world. Clausen
wrote those moments to such perfection that it was truly touching to
I love a book that challenges you. Ghosts of Nagasaki does
not allow for lazy readers. This is a story you have to participate in
and you have to be willing to let go and travel with the story no
matter where it ventures. You'll find yourself encountering mystical
elements at nearly every turn. This is a story of personal mythology,
or at least that's how I see it.
This is the only time I've read a
story that's contained a sparkly Welsh dragon, a ghost of a fictional
character, and a character living in two times and two realities (the
case could be made for that applying to multiple characters, but I'm
thinking of one in particular).
I would recommend this book to
anyone looking for something "different" to read. This story is
accessible, but definitely out of the ordinary.
You should, at the very least, check this book out on Goodreads. I wish my review was as articulate and well written as the book, but I haven't been able to put my experience with this book in the right words yet. Maybe when I get a bit more rest.