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Never Paperback – December 15, 2012
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I’m from Kansas City, both of them. My folks lived in Gladstone but the nearest Hospital was Providence, in Kansas. When I was two, we moved to Saint Joseph, Missouri and an apartment across the street from the Krug Park Lily Pond. I’ll be forever grateful to my parents because growing up in that place was magic. The magic lasted until I was in fourth grade, when the family, now including two younger siblings, moved into a split level ranch on the east side of town and the wilds of a partially developed area with woods, creeks, and construction all around. Exploring and baseball took the place of magic. Soon the wildness of the place became tame and well-ordered. So did I. High school was followed by a few frustrating years in college. Restlessness prompted me to join the Army. I traveled the world, drank deeply from the cultures of Germany and Korea, but the magic called to me in a weak voice and stirred me. I graduated with a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics from Missouri University of Science and Technology. Years in aerospace and defense contracting were fulfilling and rewarding, but the magic still whispered its siren song. Finally, after years of struggling, I set the magic free. Stories took shape, guided by characters crafted with care. Characters that live with me always, because they are my children. Children burst from my brain as Zeus gave birth to Athena. Now they live for you, dear reader. Enjoy with my compliments.
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St. Joe's becomes very much alive under Froelich's deft hand. I could see that lily pond and hear the frogs croaking their songs. The good things are that Tinkerbell will never change completely. She's adapted to human life, but not quite, and her sense of right and wrong and sometimes propriety will never be the same as ours. In some ways that makes for an uncomfortable read, because perhaps we all feel like throwing convention to the winds and doing our own thing, but I think only Tinkerbell could get away with it.
I wonder if in twenty years she'll still be drinking her beer and smoking or will the politcal correctness of life catch up with her by then?
One of those books that keeps you reading page by page because you absolutely have to find out what happens next.
Suspenseful, quirky and funny, Never struck the right chord with me from the beginning. I sensed the slow burn towards a potentially disastrous climax and prepared myself for any possible outcome. It was unpredictable, and the further I travelled into author Crash Froelich's world, the deeper I wanted to go and and the faster I wanted to get there.
Never had a five star rating on the horizon but sadly the ending disappointed me. I felt the pace slowed and the anticipated climax was a fizzer. Perhaps a sequel was in the mind of the author. I don't know, but I got to the end and I said to myself, 'Is that it?'
Others may find the ending very satisfactory because it is a matter of taste, and I certainly don't want to deter potential readers because this is very good. I raved about it to family and friends. I recommend it to you.
If you like fractured fairy tales for adults, you'll enjoy NEVER.
This book was well edited and well written. Based on a new and interesting intersection of the real world, the world of fairies, elves, and other magical creatures, the characters are familiar yet startling in their difference. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Tinkie’s thinking change as she matures emotionally.