In a scattered story narrated by a Puca (a mythical being capable of shape-shifting, invisibility, seeing the future, and being in multiple places at the same time – reminds me a bit of Q), the mystery of a local murder carries Conall Donoghue on a long trek across the countryside and back again.
I say scattered because the Puca wants to tell us about each character it feels is relevant to the story, including the ghost of a man who wrecked his own car in a drunken rush across town. Each of the characters is connected to Conall in some way, whether he knows them personally or not. An intricate tapestry of relationships is woven with each chapter.
At times, these relationships feel cumbersome and confusing, but eventually the purpose is revealed. However, being bogged down in the looping, uneven weave causes the book to drag at times, which forced me to abandon it for several days at a time until I regained my fortitude to carry on.
3 Stars – Worth reading, but be sure to allow adequate time for re-reading to capture some of the nuances of the story.
Poetry reminds us that is doesn’t take 50,000 words to tell a story.
Within the poems sketched by Mr. Porter, we delve into the world of wars past, the trials our fathers and grandfathers lived through in the earlier part of the 20th century. With practiced diligence, Porter depicts the excitement and the emaciation of war, the pride in fighting, and the pain in dying.
My own father and my husband’s grandfather both served in the US Navy in WWII. I have listened to stories about the pranks, what life was like, and how it felt to watch someone die, whether by enemy fire or because that person simply couldn’t go on being a part of the atrocities. Lest We Forget does an excellent job of capturing many such stories in the brief but descriptive form of poetry. While many of the poems follow the same form of the four-line stanza and abba or abab rhyme scheme, each poem defines itself by subject matter or word selection.
Many of the poems are dedicated to specific events , squadrons, or individuals related to various wartime campaigns, including the World Wars and Korea.
Lest We Forget: An Anthology of Remembrance is available on Amazon.com and is published by Creativia.
On the faraway planet of Bona Dea, in a society forged by ancient settlers, trouble is brewing. Young psychic Axandra, never comfortable with her gift, is being forced to use it for the benefit of her people as ruling matriarch of the entire world and host to a powerful entity known only as the Goddess.
Struggling with her fate, used as a pawn between warring factions, life for Axandra is almost too much to bear. Even the ministrations of her beloved companion, Quinn, may not prove powerful enough to overcome the stress threatening to destroy Axandra’s fragile soul.