Windfall

Perhaps, possibly . . . probably

Review by Grady Harp

New York author Colin Dodds is an American author of note – and one whose novels continue to reveal that he is likely to become one of our premiere writers. His roots are in Massachusetts but he was educated and lives in New York – Brooklyn to be exact. He is a widely published poet and the author of screenplays and now four novels – ‘Another Broken Wizard’, ‘The Last Bad Job’, ‘What Smiled at Him’ and now ‘Windfall’. His topics are multifaceted, and attempting to label him with a genre is a complex task. And perhaps that is why he is so very fine at creating a new level of communication – dissecting contemporary political foibles, mystery, thrillers, paranormal aspects and autopsies of human behavior as though before a surgical theater of critical and disbelieving minds.

What happens in WINDFALL, Continue reading

The Mountaintop School for Dogs and other Second Chances

About dogs, humans, love, loss, hope, and the licking of wounds.

review by Mel Mathews

What better place to retreat to when one is in need of reclaiming one’s lost self than The Mountaintop School for Dogs and other Second Chances.

By chance, a stray in her own sense, without any experience as a dog trainer (except for a backpack full of unread how-to dog training books) Evie volunteers her so-called ‘expertise’ as a would-be dog trainer for a variety of rescued canines. The real learning begins only after she decides to burn the books and instead draws from her own experiences of loss and rejection — and innate wisdom. As she tends to the abandoned, abused, and neglected dogs that have been rescued and brought to this mountaintop sanctuary, the animals mirror her own wounds and Evie too begins to explore and grieve her losses and heal from her past. Continue reading

Phoning Home

‘When one includes the possibility of posthumous influence, no human being ever reaches his or her half-life.’

Review by Grady Harp

Once reading one of the Appel novels/books an addiction occurs. That Jacob M. Appel is such an extraordinarily fine writer, certainly among the top rung of serious authors in America at present, seems foremost in a resume of his achievements – this coming of course from an admitted devotee of his books such as THE BIOLOGY OF LUCK and SCOUTING FOR THE REAPER – until the extent of his life’s work to date is surveyed. Thus the following from a previous review written in response to the mentioned novels: Continue reading

Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success

We’re all powerless against the vicissitudes of fate

Review by Grady Harp

Author/psychologists David B. Feldman and Lee Daniel Kravetz have placed before the general reading public a book that tackles some of those life questions we all face, separate out individuals who have survived seemingly impossible odds, and use their work with these people to probe the arena of ‘supersurvivors’ and in doing so negate some old misunderstood perceptions and myths about what makes people able to make the most out of a hopeless situation. Continue reading

A Schizophrenic Will

Review by Grady Harp

‘The mixture of fire and ice would color the rest of my life’

William Jiang’s extraordinary chronicle of his life is at once arresting, horrifying, challenging and inspiring. Obviously Will Jiang is a brilliant young handsome man born prematurely to an Anglo-Saxon mother and an absentee Russian Jewish father and later adopted by his Chinese stepfather Yu Jiang: the inordinately touching memories of and tributes from his brothers Leaf, Chung, and Justice as well as comments introduced in his preface form an impressive list of people attest to the fact that this is a unique young man. Continue reading