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I did not accomplish much on Books, Vertigo and Tea last week. I thought I was finally rebounding, but that is not the case. So while I have a few posts lined up for this week it might remain slow. You might see some more graphic novels featured, as they are a more ideal read at the moment.
It is just slow for now. I have a book that was sent from a publisher that I feel I should have reviewed by now. I am contemplating whether I should email the publisher with an explanation of why it has been delayed. Has anyone ever done this or been concerned with this? I am not sure this is necessary. No time-frame was promised and I had provided the publishing house with a link to my policies. But I want to remain professional with my contacts. Thoughts?
I did manage to complete my short story for today and have a small amount to recap so let’s get to it!
Fox 8: A Story
By George Saunders
Publisher: Random House
Genre: Short Story/Fiction
Fox 8 has always been known as the daydreamer in his pack, the one his fellow foxes regarded with a knowing snort and a roll of the eyes. That is, until Fox 8 develops a unique skill: He teaches himself to speak “Yuman” by hiding in the bushes outside a house and listening to children’s bedtime stories. The power of language fuels his abundant curiosity about people—even after “danjer” arrives in the form of a new shopping mall that cuts off his food supply, sending Fox 8 on a harrowing quest to help save his pack. Told with his distinctive blend of humor and pathos, Fox 8 showcases the extraordinary imaginative talents of George Saunders, whom the New York Times called “the writer for our time.”
I have no previous experience with this author but have seen mention of a collection entitled Tenth of December. I chose this story based upon the synopsis while flipping through shorts on my Kindle. It is a small tale told through the letter of a fox named Fox 8. He is a curious fox who has ventured out and managed to pick up the Yuman language and speech. So the story telling is presented in an odd narration that includes the Fox 8’s own interpretation of spelling and speech. I personally enjoyed this element, as I felt it really helped establish character and a strong connection with Fox.
What ensues is a heartfelt and saddening look into the coexistence or lack of between two species when the construction of a shopping center comes to threaten the very livelihood of Fox and his pack. Fox decides to set out on an adventure seeking answers and is introduced to the world of man. The letter that follows is the recap and result of that experience.
I found this to be a clever and effective approach that left me mentally running through the many effects of mankind upon this Earth and the lives of its many other inhabitants. A valuable message that is worth reading.
Given that I have not been able to read for more than 15 minutes during a given stretch, I am still reading through Kings of the Wyld. I have added one smaller read to the mix as well.
The Butterfly Garden (The Collector #1)
By Dot Hutchison
Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden.
In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees…and a collection of precious “butterflies”—young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens.
When the garden is discovered, a survivor is brought in for questioning. FBI agents Victor Hanoverian and Brandon Eddison are tasked with piecing together one of the most stomach-churning cases of their careers. But the girl, known only as Maya, proves to be a puzzle herself.
As her story twists and turns, slowly shedding light on life in the Butterfly Garden, Maya reveals old grudges, new saviors, and horrific tales of a man who’d go to any length to hold beauty captive. But the more she shares, the more the agents have to wonder what she’s still hiding…
Unfortunately, I was unable to complete any posts this week.
While I still feel that it might be slow for yet another week, I do hope to have a few posts up. But as my schedule is full of appointments, some new testing and another scan, I may not be able to respond and catch up with everything. I still hope to see each of you around when time allows. May your upcoming week be full of many enjoyable moments and plenty of time to read!
“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
― C.S. Lewis