A wonderful review from my friend D. Wallace Peach at Myths of the Mirror. She has been a constant champion of my work, and I am so grateful. Please check out her site… she’s an amazing writer and I think you’ll be mesmerized not only by her work but by the depth of her imagination. Her review is here.
I first read Ordinary Handsome a little more than a year ago. Admittedly, I felt quite overwhelmed upon finishing the book, giving it a second, third, and fourth read. Not only did the book leave me breathing deeply, scouting for the aroma of old black tea, the imprisoning honesty of spilled liquor, salty dried blood staining dusty fabric, and the freshness of limes that serve disturbingly more than just a culinary purpose. Steven Baird’s novel demanded my full attention, and even though I was absolutely absorbed each time I read it in five hours’ time, I didn’t quite know what to make of it. His writing is exquisite, the subject matter is temporally relevant, and there are characters to both pity and loathe. Ordinary Handsome, in its grit and precision, tells of extraordinary misfortune and strife.
Baird illustrates the backdrop poetically. As we walk through the streets of…
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Another strong review for Ordinary Handsome. For those interested, the link is below. (However, I do wish the reviewer spelled my first name correctly. I blame Stephen King and his popularity. It would help greatly if he spelled his name with a V).
“This is a wild ride, both extremely nostalgic and timeless in tone. The author’s use of color, both figurative and literal, is expressive, vivid, unique. This book is like having a dream that swims between the technicolor Oz and pure, screaming terror. Another amazing read by a breakout author. 5 stars” – Felicity Johns
Today I received a totally unsolicited review of Ordinary Handsome, and needless to say, it made my day!
My very first review for Ordinary Handsome. And I’m thrilled to say the least. Many, many thanks to Camila at bbnest.wordpress.com for her review and for taking the time to read it. If you haven’t visited her blog, I’d recommend you do so now. She was one of my favorite bloggers even before her review.
Oh boy, this is not what I wanted my first book review to be like. Not that I plan on saying anything bad about it at all, but it’s always a bit different when you know for sure the author will be reading, isn’t it? ^^”
This review was requested by the author on his blog. While I am taking requests for reviews such as this (should anyone for some crazy reason want my opinion on their work), on this case I went up there and volunteered. I had read excerpts on Steven’s blog and I had read the sample available at amazon for this book and I really, really, wanted to read more, so I can say I profited from this endeavor only for the fact that I got the full book on pdf.
It is not an expensive book (only $2.84!), but I have issue with Amazon due…
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