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Kelpie Dreams Kindle Edition
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Lady Cordelia Macbeth who would rather be called Dee, is mourning the loss of her son Hamilton. Hamilton you see had gone for a joyride in a stolen/borrowed vehicle and was killed quicker than you can say gesundheit!
She is so grief stricken that she contemplates suicide and throws herself into the ocean. Of course I realize that is not hilarious at all but luckily there was a pissed off octopus woman at the bottom of the ocean who was able to give Dee the ability to breathe underwater until the mossy brown and green mud horse showed up to take her back to the surface. Not that either of these occurrences were the most shocking things she saw under the ocean but I wouldn't want to give away too much. Now Dee was not too keen on telling anyone about these escapades, however when the mud horse showed up at her best friend Rhonda's house it kind of spilled the beans. I will leave you here, because if I told you more you wouldn't believe me anyway. It is probably best that you discover these quirky characters for yourself. I was up all night reading this story.
I received an advance copy of this book through the kindle scout program and was under no obligation to review it.
She has her friend Rhonda, who calls her Lady Dee, a REALLY old captain, and the Dewey Decimal System on her side. Angus, the stranger who kissed her back to consciousness, is the unknown. Can she prevail against the sea hag, who has already taken precious pieces of her heart from Lady MacBeth?
Action, adventure, mythology, and a quirky heroine make Kelpie Dreams a wonderful read.
Vernon is a fabulous writer who weaves in and out of the story, bringing the reader along as he does so, offering backstory information and details about the past lives of his paranormal characters. What I loved most about the story is that Vernon found a way to create a story with no barriers, where anything can happen, without it seeming impossible or implausible.
This is the first of Vernon's books I've read, but it definitely won't be the last! I'm glad to know he has fifty more books for me to peruse.
I honestly can't remember the last time I've laughed out loud this much with a novel. From the quirky dialogue to the unique characters and setting, there's a lot here to enjoy, and I can only imagine how much fun Vernon had constructing this novel. Yet when you strip back the oddball humor and bizarre encounters, there's still a story with surprising depth that goes far beyond its entertainment factor.
If you're looking for something that's completely unlike anything you've read, you don't have to look much further. A definite lighthearted and fun read that's worth checking out.
The book was quick, and Vernon clearly has a solid command of the English vocabulary and how to spin a sentence to evoke a chuckle by the end. The crude humor might not work for everyone, but for what it is and as a Kindle Scout selection, it definitely has a place in the underserved humor novel category. The main problem with this book, however, is its structure. It bounces around a lot, and at times the digressions are unsavory, confusing, and distracting. I think if this was in the hands of a good editor, the overall plot and the distractions could have been massaged out of what it is right now and would have made it a much more engaging piece as the overall plot for me. Vernon definitely had a great vision for this story - but as it is right now, for me, there wasn't any consistency, and the payoff diminished as I continued to read.