Hi, everyone! I hope ya’ll are having great, bookish adventures. I know I am!
How am I doing today? Good! I feel really productive today! I went to both my day jobs today, and I even got two extra hours of work, so that’s nice. I do wish I could write full time, but I’m just not making enough money with it to stop my day jobs. Until I am, I’ll go to work!
I am pretty lucky to have my two day jobs though, one is stocking, so I can listen to audiobooks while I work. And the other job is a cashier at a small store. So when there aren’t any customers that need help I can write, or read, or watch hulu. I end up watching TV a lot. And it’s a bit of a problem to be honest.
At the stocking job, I managed to finish a story I’ve been listening to. And That will be the book I’ll be reviewing in a minute. 🙂 At the cashier job, I hand wrote about 6 or 7 pages on a story I’m working on. So that was awesome. I’ve been reading about how much more productive it can be for writers to handwrite first drafts, and I think there’s something to it. I also found out that I’m a lot more productive if I leave my laptop at home, and put my phone in another room in the bottom of my backpack. It was a learning day for me!
Maybe I’ll start leaving my phone and computer at home, and I’ll just take my notebook and pencils to work. It’s food for thought! I just feel really productive and proud of myself today, so I just had to share that!
Now! Onward to my review!
Like I said, I finished reading/listening to this story early this morning at work. And I really, really liked it. I picked it up for FREE on Audible, so that was fun! Ya’ll know that I am ALL about free books! Especially free audiobooks.
I listened to
Lovestory by James Patrick Kelly
I give it 4 stars!
Here’s the blurb for it:
Imagine a race of marsupial-like aliens who have not two, but three sexes: father, birth-mother, and nurture-mother. The difficulties of married life are further complicated by adding another partner, but this culture has worked out its own unique solution. The arrival of a new race of space-faring aliens, however, will change everything.
Author James Patrick Kelly is a two-time winner of the Hugo Award and a 2007 Nebula Award winner. His stories appear frequently in Asimov’s Science Fiction, and he writes the magazine’s “On the Net” column. Publishers Weekly has called him “a meticulous craftsman in the demanding short-story form”.
It was a bit odd at first, but I really loved it. It had so much emotion for such a short story. It’s only about an hour long, but it packs such a punch. I really liked how it did points of views from each of them. The mother, the father, and the “Mam”, the nurture mother. I liked the father’s point of view best, but it was all really good.
plus, bonus points for the author narrating his own story! it adds so much depth to the story. It’s a story about aliens, yes. But it’s so a sweet story about love and family. And it was great. I so highly recommend it.
again, 4 stars!
🙂 🙂 🙂
I’ve listened to a few other stories by James Patrick Kelly so far, and I’ve really liked most of them. 🙂 He’s got a good bit for free and lots of other stories that are only about 2 dollars or so. So I highly recommend you check him out if you like audiobooks. He even adds little notes to the beginning and end of his stories, where he talks about how the stories came to be. It adds a really fun, nice, and personal touch to the stories.
here’s a link to his books over on audible.com!
Thanks for reading, everyone! Hope you liked my rambling little review! I’ll try and share another review tomorrow. I’ve been reading a collection of flash fiction, so I might finish that and share my thoughts on it. 😀 I freaking love flash fiction. I mean, I’d have to right? Since I do write it after all. ❤
Happy Reading, Everyone!
Love, Lennie! ❤