Life in the Cathode Ray Glow Paperback – August 26, 2010
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 26, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 258 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1450561691
- ISBN-13 : 978-1450561693
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.65 x 8 inches
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#12,310,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #63,503 in Coming of Age Fiction (Books)
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Reminiscent of Bill Bryson's finest, the first twelve tales in the volume are amusing, insightful and true to life. All of them have some trenchant point to relate and leave one thinking more deeply about some aspect of our human existence, though they are in no way preachy. The deeper meaning of one's experiences is brought home without hitting one over the head with gospel truth. In fact, it came as quite a surprise to me that Sikes had already written an acclaimed spiritual non-fiction book called Keeping it Between the Ditches: Living the Christian Life. Provocative and stimulating are two words that I would definitely choose to use in reference to his latest collection.
The narrator of the first twelve tales appears to be the same young lad, whose fictional experiences reveal not only interesting aspects of those whom he encounters, but also a solid upbringing in an ethically sound home. They are enough to make one long once more to revel in the childhood encounters of yesteryear. The other five tales are told from a variety of viewpoints, and are more stream-of-consciousness and character sketches than the conventional sharp and slick beginning--middle--end of the traditional short story. No matter the protagonists or the setting, though, this collection is well worth reading and thinking about.
Sikes is a prolific writer, having had many of his short stories, essays, and poems published in a variety of publications and webzines, such as USA Today, The Wilmington (Delaware) News Journal, Out and About, Poor Mojo's Almanac, Cornerstone, Focus on Teachers, and The Nazarene Standard. No matter your age, you should find something about which to reflect in his writings. Sikes' honesty and integrity shine out from these pages, and are most refreshing in these days of over-the-top hype and gutless mudslinging. Do read him--he's well worth it. [Reviewer for BookPleasures.com]