Monday, January 20, 2014

Weight of a Feather Book Review and Blog Tour (Charisma Media)

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I read Weight of a Feather and other stories, in exchange for honest review from Charisma Media.  I received a paperback copy of the book.

The Weight of a Feather: and Other Stories, written by Judy Croome, is a collection of short stories. The stories range from one page to 10 pages long. I wanted to review the book because I haven't read short stories in a while.

About the book (from media kit):

“The promise implicit in an anthology is that it aspires to present something different, unexpected” Joyce Carol Oates (Introduction to The Oxford Book of American Short Stories)

From the classical form of ‘The Weight of a Feather’, first published by The Huffington Post (2013), to the suggestive allegory of ‘The Leopard and The Lizard’, this collection of short stories by South African author Judy Croome is an ideal mix of the familiar and the startling.

These vibrant slices of life testify to the mysterious and luminous resources of the human spirit. Whether feeling the harrowing emotion in ‘The Last Sacrifice’ or the jauntiness of ‘Jannie Vermaak’s New Bicycle’, the reader will delight in a plethora of stories that cross boundaries to both challenge and entertain with their variety

About the author (from media kit):

Judy Croome lives and writes in Johannesburg, South Africa. Shortlisted in the African Writing Flash Fiction 2011 competition, Judy’s short stories and poems have appeared in various magazines and anthologies, such as the Huffington Post and the University of the Witwatersrand’s Itch Magazine. Her books “The Weight of a Feather & Other Stories” (2013), “a Lamp at Midday” (2012) and “Dancing in the Shadows of Love” (2011) are available. Judy loves her family, cats, exploring the meaning of life, chocolate, cats, rainy days, ancient churches with their ancient graveyards, cats, meditation and solitude. Oh, and cats. Judy loves cats (who already appear to have discovered the meaning of life.) She is currently researching child murders for her next novel and you can visit Judy on or join her on Twitter

My Review:

The first story is Weight of a feather, which is about a little girl and her birds, who she considers her friends. I also liked One Lonely Road, which is about a farmer starting a new life in the city. Another favorite was The Biter Bit. The story starts out with a wife fussing at her husband for stealing money from a homeless man for a lotto ticket. The Fan is about a husband, who wants his wife to turn on the fan to beat the heat. I feel like him right now. It is hot and my fan isn't getting the room cool enough. 

The book is well-written and descriptive. I liked the short story format. I can pick and choose what i want to read versus reading the whole book, from beginning to end. The book is available in paperback and Kindle format. The book is prime-eligible. 

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