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That's a tremendous shame, because such readers will assuredly miss excellent contemporary works by talented authors.
A fantastic story collection by an equally gifted author is <i>The Hero of Blind Pig Island and Other Island Stories</i> by Jimmy Olsen.
Olsen offers twelve short stories, including the award-winning "Wormwood," each with some connection to water or ocean or the Caribbean islands threading them together in a well-planned compilation. Genres represented range from romance to suspense, many with well-researched cultural contexts, such as "Sea Salt," about a young boy whose elderly mentor works to prize salt crystals from evaporated ocean water.
The stories also represent a wide continuum of tones and voices, some more serious and weighty than others, but most with either outright humor or an undercurrent of wry wit. "Party Girl," for instance, the first short in the collection, takes a tone of dry wit toward its contents but ends more poignantly than might be expected, according to Olsen's masterful writing style.
On the other hand, "Wet Passage," one of the weightier stories, has glances of humor, but its tone is decidedly opposite that of "Party Girl" --- far more focused, serious, and even darkly ironic.Read more ›
Party Girl invites the reader to attend a party for teachers working in a tropical paradise. While the veteran teachers take bets on how long the new hires will last before being overwhelmed by the stress of the job, all in attendance drink an alcoholic punch with the main ingredient being pear juice because it hides the alcohol. Being a teacher myself and knowing what happens when groups of teachers overindulge I was greatly amused as the main character and his wife are forced to look out for a young woman who dove a little too deep into the punch bowl. What follows is a funny, yet realistic, night of partying where the main character makes his way around town with the passed out girl over his shoulders, keeping her safe from the relentless hordes of intoxicated men looking for an easy score.Read more ›
Have you ever visited an island community? People are different on an island. They're more laid back, don't rush things and enjoy taking your tourist dollars. For the most part, though, they'd prefer you didn't live there. These are insulated communities.
Mr. Olsen sent me a copy of his book to read for review (thank you). You can find a copy on Amazon now.
I've visited the San Juan Islands, the Hawaiian Islands, and the Bahamas. Given the descriptions of the land and people in the Caribbean, I'd say the Bahamas has a similar flavor. I have to admit island life appeals to me but it'd be hard to get all the books I read there. And the internet might be a bit iffie. However, being secluded and quiet offers some charm to me.
These stores are almost vignettes of island life. He lived in the Caribbean and it shows in his stories. The stories ares short, focus on a person or two, and tell of people, events, and changes in island life.
The story that touched me most is titled: "Denise". A young woman wants to learn to scuba dive. This one is set in Lake Superior and it's a cold and nasty day. She almost gives up, but she soldiers on. She also finds that she loves scuba diving. She begins working it part-time, then finds a full-time position where she'll be on a boat at sea. She's thrilled. I was pleased to see someone following her dreams and being happy with her life choices.
Here's an opportunity to sit in your arm chair and visit the Caribbean. Each tale is different, so you have lots of "flavors" to taste as you read this book. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and travel...
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“The Hero of Blind Pig Island & Other Island Stories” by Jimmy Olsen (Hoffman House Press)
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"The Hero of Blind Pig Island and Other Island Stories" is a compilation of 12 short stories all having something to do with the water. Read morePublished 12 months ago by T. Smith
I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of short stories by talented writer, Jimmy Olsen. These stories were all about island life in some aspects. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jjspina
This is a collection of short stories by Jimmy Olsen that I received a copy of in exchange for an honest review. Read morePublished 15 months ago by clarice
Sharee Wanner Jimmy Olsen is a skilled storyteller who has the ability to place the reader in each adventure with an eye-witness view. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Sharee Wanner
The Hero of Blind Pig Island by Jimmy Olsen starts with a party and ends with a drowning, but don't let that sober fact discourage you. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amy McDougal
Jimmy Olsen has done it again! Through his anthology, The Hero of Blind Pig Island and Other Island Stories (a medium more difficult to properly utilize than it seems), the reader... Read morePublished 19 months ago by SharaLee Podolecki
According to his author page Jimmy Olsen is a bit of an adventurer, a diver, a teacher of English and various other things and has lived in the Dominican Republic where, for a... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Corri van de Stege
Did I enjoy this book: This review is really a mixed bag. It’s hard to review a short story anthology when you loved some stories and hated others. Read more