Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Review: The Light, The Dark and Ember Between

Here is a summary of The Light, the Dark, and Ember Between by J.W. Nicklaus from Amazon:

This book is a collection of uplifting images that delve into the reflections of the human condition. These stories will cause you to think, laugh, and even cry at the beauty of emotional memories. You will smile at the thought of love lost and found again in "Paper Doll." You will think about your life's choices in "10:18." You will cry tears of joy while reading about the hidden gift in "Winter Rose." This is a must-have collection of thought-provoking reflections perfect for your bedside or the beach.

My Review:

It is not very often that I pick up a book of short stories, but I am glad I took the opportunity over this last summer to let these stories into my heart. This book is a compilation of short fictional stories that have a way of tapping your emotions from within your soul. As I started reading a couple of these stories, I was asking myself, "Where in the world could this possibly be leading?" But then by the end of the story I would find my hand covering my heart as the story took a turn that was so beautiful and unexpected.

I am not going to go into the details of each individual story, as they are each beautiful in their own way. I think that if you are looking for a book to bring along with you on a trip, or even if you think you may be stranded in waiting rooms for a long period of time, this book would be the perfect accompaniment. Please stop by the webpage of J.W. Nicklaus to find out more information about the author and this book. You can also wish him a Happy Birthday since his birthday is this month!

My Rating: 5/5


Blodeuedd said...

Sounds good.
I am not a short story kind of girl either, but sometimes I just give them a try

BurtonBookReview said...

I too have never been a short-story kind of girl, but that is only because the opportunity hasn't risen before. I have this book on my toppling review pile, I really need to get to it. Sounds like a good one to sink my mind into.
Thanks for the review!

bermudaonion said...

Wow, a short story collection that rates a 5 must be fantastic!

Anonymous said...

I've only occasionally read short stories since college, but you do have me curious about this one. Great review!

Jenners said...

I'm not a big one for short stories either. I find them so frustrating. If they are well-done, I always want more, more more. It is hard to write a short story that feels "complete" or that I don't feel like I need more to come. This sounds like an interesting collection and I liked how you described your reactions.

Veens said...

ast sort story book i read was by Jhumpa Lahiri and I liked it! But I never bought another one!
I think I will definitely enjoy this!

J.W. Nicklaus said...

Thank you very much Joann! I am always delighted when someone has enjoyed something I've written, and I must say even moreso now since the stories are short. I know it's difficult to get into them, but I'm amazed at how many people wind up liking them once they give the format a chance.

And my sincere thanks to those of you who commented as well :^) I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Jenny Girl said...

I have been giving short stories a try also. And I'm glad because there are some really good ones out there. Thanks for the recommendation. Glad you enjoyed them so much.

Unknown said...

I just got this book from the author and after reading your review I am really looking forward to reading the book.