Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Book Review: Puppet Shows, Stories by Michael Frissore

*This book was given to me by the author for the sole purpose of a review.

Synopsis from AmazonA kindly organ grinder and his performing monkey adopt a young boy after his father spontaneously combusts; a barber living inside a whiskey bottle confronts the neighborhood nuisance who wields a dead squirrel like a pair of nunchucks; and an unruly gang of sock puppets are born in a basement dojo. Welcome to Puppet Shows, thirteen outlandish stories from a writer Tucson Weekly called "a very funny weirdo."

I must say, it took me a few pages to get with the flow of this quirky set of stories. I had fallen into book review burn-out in the last few months no thanks to life itself throwing me obstacles and lots of work stress, so this was a nice side step from my normal genres that normally lack a lot of humor. The stories did make me "lol," which was great. I kept wanting to know what silly thing would happen next. And as a writer myself, I appreciated the fact that Frissore poured his weird and boundless imagination onto the pages of this book seemingly without holding back. Even his character names were hilarious. 

I really enjoyed the constant references to old movies, songs, shows, characters and inside jokes. This is a great read for someone who just needs to relax and shed their "taking life too seriously" skin. The stories were well written and nicely compiled. Although I was in amazement at the off-the-wall scenes, especially with the monkey spouse and poorly raised kid, they still made sense. Do not approach this book with any amount of expectations or seriousness. You will be disappointed. BUT! If you go into it with NO expectations and an incredibly open mind, your sense of humor will do the rest (considering you have one). I don't do half points, but I decided to give this my 3.5 star rating. Buy it on Amazon. Read it. Laugh a lot, and be grateful there are writers out there who can create this type of material. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Call-out for submissions about your autism journey

As you can tell, I've fallen way behind on my blogging endeavors. Make no mistake, though. I haven't been slacking (well, maybe a little); I've been working on my second book. It's a non-fiction book about my experience with childhood bullying and my autism journey with my lovebug Nabeel who is now 15 with the inner hulk under much better control. I've experienced so many things with him during these rollercoaster teen years that I feel compelled to scribe them into an inspiring, entertaining, and terrifying tale for all! And since I've been reading that suicide rates are on the rise in the U.S., namely among youngsters who experience severe bullying, I wanted to share some of my personal
bullying stories and how I survived those troubling times in my youth AND adulthood. I always have this inner longing to help others. Since writing is my thing, I am using it for a greater purpose this time around. I have a dozen fiction story ideas that are all on hold for this project.

Need word contributions!

So what I need right now are blurbs from fellow autism families or even people who have autism. I am dedicating a chapter of my book to profile others and their stories. I'd like to keep them short so that I can include many, many - roughly 350 to 400 words - talking about the diagnosis, what has been most challenging in the autism journey and what method, intervention, or therapy has helped the most. Remember, this is meant to inspire others, so if you have something to share that could be of substance to someone else, please contact me about writing a blurb for the book. I welcome your story. We all have to stick together and team up to help other autism families that might need some support and encouragement. I know I was there once! Still am, but I've lived and learned enough to know the ropes.

If you are not an autism parent or close relation but know someone in this boat, please tell them about this opportunity to share their story. My email is Neesha@thesweettalker.com, and I can answer any questions.

Help me make this book everything it was meant to be. =)

And, I have gotten back to reading, so all those who are waiting for reviews ... this gal is trying hard to get all caught up. Stay tuned for the next book review and MORE. Thanks for visiting my blog.