New Review: The Puddingstone Well

My review of this second novel by a long-time New Jersey journalist is published. It’s a modern-day fantasy-mystery and, you guessed it, the plot revolves around a well made of puddingstones. Excerpt:

Glancing at the cover of this book we know right off the bat something is up with that well. There are too many historical writings about fountains of youth to count, not to mention the legendary island of Avalon and utopian villages such as Shangri-La. In The Puddingstone Well, the second novel from William Westhoven, variations of these myths are indeed relied upon, but with a contemporary spin. In the Prologue to Part One, the phrase “what history does not recall” lets us know this is Westhoven’s tale for the telling.

Read my entire 4.5-star review here.

Related reading: My interview with William Westhoven about his nonfiction book Superstorm Sandy: A Diary in the Dark.

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New Review: The Life and Times of Car Johnson

I’m pleased to say that after a four-month hiatus I had a new book review published on November 27. This one is a satire by Rebekah Webb, an auto-biography of a fictional character whose diet is not all that great. An excerpt from my review:

The irony of urging idiots to unite can be understood within in the context of the original Greek meaning of an idiot as a “private citizen,” as opposed to a “public citizen.” Car Johnson is, in the beginning, anyway, impervious to the opinions, needs, and suggestions of his fellow humans. I imagine Ms. Webb understands this history of the term “idiot” as we have this from Car: “There’s a difference between being stupid and being an idiot.”

You can read the full review here.

Featured photo via Cartopia, The official site of The Life and Times of Car Johnson