Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Bamboo Mirror by Faith Mortimer

The Bamboo Mirror
by Faith Mortimer 5 Stars
Title: Very Good.

I really enjoyed The Bamboo Mirror. The short stories were well-written and each had a good twist at the end. Very refreshing. I particularly liked The Cast Party. I thought Linda was going to get fired, but instead I was surprised to find out… well, you’ll have to read the story for yourself. No spoilers here.

Enjoy the five short stories. They’re well worth the read. Entertaining!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

An Extraordinary Read

A Luminous Future
by Teodor Flonta 5 Stars
Title: Extraordinary read!

Teodor’s memoir of living in Romania during the Communist era was so gripping and well told that I could almost feel his pain. I say almost because I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to live the life he has lived. The effect of Communism was brutal, and how he survived at all is amazing. The suffering his family endured was heart breaking, but just goes to show that a family’s love for each other can survive just about anything, even the worst cruelties imaginable.

Sometimes I laughed, but at other times I wanted to throw my Kindle against the wall after reading about the way he was treated, the hardships and misery he faced.

An excerpt from the book (something his father told him) still sticks with me:
“… a regime that talked to people as if they were stupid or blind, always telling lies, did not have a future. No amount of rifles and bayonets could stop people from rising against it eventually.”

I was glad his father lived long enough to see the fall of Communism.

A Luminous Future is a very descriptive account of Teodor’s life, and was a compelling read that I just couldn’t put down. There’s too much to this book to summarize further in a review, so I’ll just say thank you Teodor Flonta for sharing your life with us. Your book is one I might go back and read again—something I never do. It was extraordinary.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013