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Product Details

  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477531580
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477531587
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,858,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Mr. Wretlind has penned a tale of such emotional and literary depth it will haunt the reader long after the last page is turned." -- Michael K. Rose, author of Sullivan's War

"Wretlind takes readers on a unique journey that rips away the outer layers of people allowing us to stare into their souls where humanity is universal: no matter the genre of writing." -- Gregory Allen, 2012 International Book Award and NY Book Festival winner, Patchwork of Me

About the Author

Benjamin ran with scissors when he was five. He now writes. He has been--at different times, of course--a fry cook, range boy, greens maintenance technician, reservations agent, room service attendant, editor, banquet server, meteorologist, instructor, program manager for Internet applications, curriculum developer, training simulation engineer and certification coordinator.

The author of A Difficult MirrorCastles: A Fictional Memoir of a Girl with Scissors and Sketches from the Spanish Mustang, Benjamin has been called "a Pulitzer-caliber writer" with "a unique American voice." Aside from novels, he has been published in many magazines to include The Horror Express, All Hollows: The Journal of the Ghost Story Society, Horror Carousel and Bare Bones.

He also gets up before 4am to milk (words, not cows). His wife, Jesse, is an artist and counselor, which helps dealing with the five kids they raise as well as a dog, a rabbit, two hamsters, a gerbil and three fish. You can find Benjamin psychoanalyzing himself on his blog (bxwretlind.com/), on his Facebook page (facebook.com/bxwretlind/) or lounging about in the Twitterverse (@bxwretlind).

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gregory G. Allen on June 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
Benjamin Wretlind has done it to me again. Pulling me right out of my comfort zone, toying with my reality by spinning me around and dropping me back down to earth as I wrestle in my mind over what I have just witnessed. I write this to say...this man is damn good at his craft! This character driven story has an ebb and flow to each section that is satisfying when you finish their chapter, but also propels you to turn the page and read about the next in this unique telling of the people in the Spanish Mustang. Not since Clive Barker's Hellraiser has my perceptions been so altered, thrilling me with each twist on the ride. Wretlind truly takes his readers on a wild journey as he peels back layers on his well-written characters, breathing life into them that allows them to be more than sketches as the title suggests. Kudos Mr. Wretlind!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MKR on June 27, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Every new work I read by Benjamin X. Wretlind solidifies in my mind an already rock solid belief: that he is one fantastic writer! With a skill on par with any of the great American novelists, Mr. Wretlind has penned a tale of such emotional and literary depth that it will haunt the reader long after the last page is turned. He has penned a tale filled with rage, sorrow, loss and just a little bit of hope. He has penned a tale that can only be described as a masterpiece. Do not miss this book. Do not miss any of Mr. Wretlind's work. He is truly a master of the written word.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Horror_Nerd on July 20, 2012
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Benjamin X. Wretlind, author of "Castles: A Fictional Memoir of a Girl with Scissors", has released yet another literary masterpiece in "Sketches from the Spanish Mustang".

Centered on Cripple Creek, Colorado; a dying mining town clinging to life thanks to the emergence of casinos. Cripple Creek is only part of the story though, the citizens are the main focus in this haunting novel.

The tortured artist sketches these citizens giving us a glimpse in their life and revealing their struggles.

I thought "Castles" was a brilliant read from start to finish and Sketches from the Spanish Mustang lived up to everything that I expected. Wretlind's characters are fresh, rooted in realism, written brilliantly, and just fun to read. His writing style remains fluid and easy to read throughout. I still have a few questions about the conclusion of the novel but I'm sure I'll find those answers in my second read through.

If you have any doubt about Benjamin X. Wretlind as a writer, rest assured he is awesome and I'm positive he'll have a bright future. well worth the read and deserving of being on my top books of the year list.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Craig on July 9, 2012
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Mr. Wretlind has done a magnificent job of drawing me into this book, slight pun intended. The author has a well written style that had me turning pages quickly. The characters came to life and I connected with each of them.

I'm not one for lengthy reviews, so here's the short version: Read this book. If you haven't heard of Benjamin Wretlind, which may very well be the case, you will. He has a mesmerising way with words.

Thanks for writing this book and allowing me to read it.
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ROY MCCARTHY'S REVIEW

I guess the clue was in the title. It never quite all came together. Intriguing characters, each with his or her own story came and went…and never returned. Only reading the author’s notes at the end did I realise that Sketches From the Spanish Mustang was indeed a collection of stand-alone novellas. There was never the intention for a rounded story in the traditional sense.

The background for each of the sketches is the former mining town turned gambling centre Cripple Creek in Colorado, a place the author clearly knows well. Crumbling boom town buildings saved by the tourist dollar. The decaying pitheads on the outskirts of town, the descendants of the miners’ burros roaming the environs in the shadow of the inhospitable hills, all expertly conveyed to the reader. The glue holding the sketches together is the Artist, herself a tortured soul following the death of husband and son many years before. She blames herself and finds herself in a purgatory, condemned to sketch similarly troubled individuals until she is ‘released’.

She sits outside the Spanish Mustang Casino and, sensing favourable subjects, commences to sketch. We meet a former miner having lost his self-respect drawn into domestic killings sparked by money and jealousy; the Indian drunk who speaks with a boy ghost; the touching story of a mother and her wayward teenage daughter, a brain-damaged war veteran and the middle-aged waitress never able to find refuge from an abusive past.

The best sketch ought to have been left until last; instead the story of Fulano opened the book. An illegal immigrant seeking his fortune to support his family is granted his life on the journey across the border only for the bargain to come home to roost in Cripple Creek.
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More About the Author

Benjamin ran with scissors when he was five. He now writes. He has been--at different times, of course--a fry cook, range boy, greens maintenance technician, reservations agent, room service attendant, editor, banquet server, meteorologist, instructor, program manager for Internet applications, curriculum developer, simulation engineer, certification coordinator, and leadership facilitator.

The author of A Difficult Mirror, Castles: A Fictional Memoir of a Girl with Scissors and Sketches from the Spanish Mustang, Benjamin has been called "a Pulitzer-caliber writer" with "a unique American voice." Aside from novels, he has been published in many magazines to include The Horror Express, All Hollows: The Journal of the Ghost Story Society, Horror Carousel and Bare Bones.

He also gets up before 4am to milk (words, not cows). His wife, Jesse, is an artist and counselor, which helps dealing with the four kids they raise as well as a dog, a cat, and a gerbil.

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