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Rolling The Bones: 12 Tales of Life, Death, Loss, & Redemption Paperback – June 16, 2016
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"This collection of a dozen short stories and novellas gives the reader arich variety of points of view and plot twists. The emphasis isgenerally on character rather than action, even in a piece about rapeand guilt during World War II.
The author uses many of the keydevices for good literary story-telling: simile, metaphor,alliteration, strong verbs and so on. He creates good imagery andplays with the timeline as needed. For example, in the openingfiction, The Traveler, the first-person narrative gives the authorthe key to much interior dialogue. Other selections look at thetensions that arise in all relationships and how they play out, bothin the short term and long term.
There is even humor, not just insome of the titles (Forever Anna Day). In another piece, themetaphysical plays out in a struggle between human shadows thatpossess more presence than their human counterparts. These creativelooks at the human condition are entertaining even though some arefaster paced than others.
The "bones" or dice in questionsymbolize the ambiguity of life and life choices as each story seemsto look at the essence of duality in one form or another. One of thepluses of any anthology like this is that the author gets to exploreand flex. This author does that as well."
~ Judge, 25th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards
About the Author
Rand Eastwood is an author, blogger, graphic designer, craftsman, and drummer residing in beautiful Las Vegas, Nevada. Visit his website: randeastwood.com
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