- File Size: 501 KB
- Print Length: 162 pages
- Publisher: Wadley House Publishing (August 19, 2013)
- Publication Date: August 19, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EOBWY00
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,456 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Of Words and Water 2013 Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Editor Jay Howard’s foreword features the story, which drew me in. It’s about an old Chinese woman, who has to get water with two pots, every day. One of the pots has a mini crack and every day drops seep out as the old woman wanders home. Since this is a fairy tale the slightly damaged pot can talk and complains about that he feels he is not doing his job well. It turns out that the old lady has planted flower seeds along the path, where the water drops will fall. There is much wisdom in this story. Even the ones of us, who aren’t flawless, want to contribute as best as they can. Smart leaders will find a way to make everyone contribute. Lastly, no drop of water should be wasted and smart leaders know that too.
The anthology features many fabulous stories, which struck a chord. Outstanding is Jason Parent’s ‘Battling Waves’.
“… truth often conceals itself within fiction. It’s a story of maturing. In growth we are altered. From change there is no return. “
A boy’s happiness to swim gets challenged by nature and he comes close to drowning. How will he carry on and what will he learn? How will he cope when his own child wants to swim?
Sylvie Nickels’ ‘Treading Water’ tells the story of a girl, who loves to swim, and to compete. That is until her father gets killed in a freak accident; mother and daughter are badly injured. Marion’s life takes a boring turn until she joins the local sport center to swim again. The encounter with the element she loved so much proves healing. Marion will overcome and help Rory to learn ‘treading water’. Teaching him that he does not have to ‘just sink’ will be a breakthrough experience for both of them.
The story, which moved me the most, was “Sea Bright’ by Ali Isaac. Pregnant with her third child she and her husband find out that Carys Morgan (the Welsh words for ‘love’ and ‘Seabright’) has Cystic hygroma, a cyst containing lymphatic fluid, which is often found on the neck. The baby is not expected to survive; the word ‘termination’ is being mentioned. Of course, there is always a chance, but it is miniscule. Ali and her husband have to make a decision. Will they choose life? And what kind of a life will it be? I cannot imagine a mother not being touched by Ali’s honest (almost ‘naked’) words. Reading about the pregnancy almost feels like reading a thriller. The reader roots for Ali and Carys Morgan. It is a difficult path and lot of luck is needed.
“…I stared at my daughter. She slept peacefully, safe within the halo of my arms, trusting in me to defend her. Unfortunately, the danger lay deep inside, somewhere where my protection could not reach…”
This is a beautiful book, and the concept of this anthology is awesome. 5 stars
Gisela Hausmann, author & blogger
Apart from what I mentioned, there are many stories and poems in this anthology for any reader's taste, whether it be heartfelt stories or suspenseful stories by Anthea Carson or fantasy by K.A. Krisko. So many good writers in this book make it impossible to mention them all.
The book is edited well with just the right amount of different types of short stories and poems to keep the reader actively reading. It opened my eyes to the wonderful talents of authors I had never heard of and, therefore, will read more of their books.
This is not a book to be read end to end, a book to be thumbed through until the mind, or the heart, or the soul comes to rest on the perfect idyll of the moment.
I found it uneven. Some entries read and flowed well, and fit with the three given categories of stories, poems, or songs. For example, Sea Bright by Ali Isaac, while interesting (and wrenching) is an account not a story.
The book is in the main well-edited, but in some cases the language is too odd to read with flow, and becomes distracting to the piece. I found the setups distracting, as though the authors needed to "explain" the story beforehand. If it's fiction, let it be fiction.
There are many interesting life moments and observations captured such as Jay Howard's "Tea," and the helpless terror in the grip of powerful surf in Parent's "Battling Waves."
Some choice morsels are here, others you may skip. Overall a worthwhile collection.