Poem. Young Blood. Rarasworldbro.  

I want that

All encompassing 

Johnny and Wionna 

Tattoo my name on your arm 

Young blood charging the air electric 

In youthful vigour with a tangible heat 

So hot that my skin starts smouldering 

Kinda thing
Is that too much to ask for?

(C)Rarasworldbro

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Book Review. Alien Love Story. AK.Dawson. 

​Alien Love Story has a simple first line ‘someone shoved a pencil into Dan’s left nostril’ which made me chuckle.

What I do like of the opening chapter is the delicate way the reader is introduced to Dan and learn more of his story. It is a captivating narrative. It becomes not only humorous but emotional too, as we discover the reason to why Dan is living with his nana. 

Dan is a selfless teenager, endearing in the line ‘there are some things worse than losing your parents and he imagined losing a child was right up there’

His perception of life is special and so are the one-liners. When debating whether to address the girl of his dreams with a ‘hello’ or ‘yo’ he dismisses ‘yo’ because it is a slang term for rappers and ‘the closest he got to the streets was when he fell off his skateboard’

Dan meets a girl, well, he sees somebody rooting through the rubbish bin of a cafe and this sighting cures his headaches, which haunt him. Suddenly he is obsessed with this hoodie and beanie hat wearing girl. Who is she?

The first conversation between Dan and the girl, who introduces herself as Alexander, is sweet. It does remind you of how it is to be fifteen and in, supposed, love. Dan is remarkably innocent. Not that he is different from many teenage boys with his attempts to get a kiss from Alexander and expects the poor girl to instantly be intimate with him. 

Although increasingly obvious to the reader Alexander is an alien, as well as the novel title giving us a clue, when Alexander is without her beanie hat and it is revealed to Dan she has no ears, Dan, regardless, tells her she is beautiful.

Alien Love Story does become surreal. The pace ricochets to its finish, with events taking place left, right and centre. I was enthralled by the story. 

It is, by no means, perfect. I think the characters of Tony, Nana and Doctor Conlon are woefully under written and I cannot quite get my head around Dan being only fifteen and yet can absolutely say without doubt Alexander is the one for him (although I am a romantic and am willing to believe it) This does almost become a twenty first century Romeo and Juliet.

If you leave your cynicism at the end of your bed and curl up with Alien Love Story I think, and maybe you will too, that this is an excellent novel and I am glad there will be a sequel because I want a happier ending than the one Andrew Dawson gave me. 

Purchase your copy at Amazon 

Bio:

AK Dawson, aka Andrew, was born in South Africa, spent twelve years in the UK and now lives in Warsaw, Poland. Last year his feature film won ‘Best Screenplay’ at the Sydney Indie Film Festival. When he’s not working on scripts, he writes prose and was given a Northern Promise Award at the 2010 Northern Writers’ Awards.  

Book Review. The Last Day of Captain Lincoln. EXO books.

​A word of warning to those who read The Last Day of Captain Lincoln, this is not a book with a terrific amount of story to it. It instead explores a distant time in our future and the subject of death. Also to be understood this is just the beginning, which is why I hope a few pages were spent discussing peppers.

The metaphors in the introduction to this are glorious. I like especially ‘barren ashtray of cinder and dust’ I also sense humorous undertones, or that may only be me as I imagine the characters as the cast of Star Trek or Doctor Who, with the lines spoken in the same solemn fashion. 

There are a trail of clues in the opening pages, of the crew on the spaceship hope eternal having ‘beautiful features’ and Captain Lincoln himself with naked feet. They all give a film reel type flicker to the images taken whilst reading this.

Of course, there is a twist and reality is different to the crew and Captain Lincoln on the ship that is about to be blown to bits.

I like the pop culture references, mentions of John Wayne westerns and The Rolling Stones. It is fascinating to think what will remain of our society today for future generations to keep.

The relationship of Lincoln and Helen is a wonderfully captured one. To read about a happy and loving couple. They have survived the test of time, despite an age gap.

They climax at ‘their’ song Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers. This made me chuckle at the appropriate choice.

Also of note that The last Day of Captain Lincoln has pictures, visual as well as textual, and it is great to see all mediums explored. The illustrations are done by Kimberly Hazen.

This is smart, as well as with its wit, and sister and brother Dorothy and Oz did not escape my notice.

The scene where Captain Lincoln attempts to explain death to a group of five year olds had me teary eyed. Death is hardly a subject many can comprehend for a long time.

My one complaint would be that this does become too factual when explaining this imagined future but for a theory it is compelling stuff.

I would like to know more of the rebels in this society, as on page ninety two it is written ‘twenty year olds happily volunteering for duty’ and I cannot picture many young adults doing anything happily, willingly for money maybe. 

With dry wit and sparks of brilliance, EXO books is a new publishers and, if The Last Day of Captain Lincoln is anything to gauge quality by, I look forward to what they publish next. 

A copy can be purchased from Amazon

Hardcover can be purchased when released on the 20th of August.

EXO books website

 

Guest Post. Sarah Marie Pardy. 

Hi guys! I wanted to put a spotlight on writer Sarah Marie Pardy, as she is attempting to raise money so she can continue with the great work she does. She also helps promote other writers, selflessly and I would like to help her. 

You can read more below: 
​My name is Sarah Marie Pardy and I’m a 25 year old not-so-single silly chick from Newfoundland, Canada. I’m quiet, anxious, and squeaky. I have never been to college and I don’t have a “real job,” but I like to think of the work that I do online as my job because my anxiety tends to limit my ability to handle certain work environments. So instead, I turn to the internet to write poetry, perform poetry, do stuff like play games on youtube and I’m currently working on some other things! 
It’s because of those “other things” that I find myself here. Currently I’m attempting to take one of my most popular series on my blog (view the series here) and turn it into a book. The series is called “I Hope I Never Have a Daughter” and it consists of small written pieces are that essentially prose, each piece a comment on the society of which we currently live in. The concept of the book is to basically take the ideas from the first 50 pieces in the series and write a short story on each of them, sometimes inspired by my personal life and sometimes completely fictional. On top of this book idea, I also am enjoying creating content for youtube, both on my main channel and my poetry channel, and I’d love to be able to improve upon the content I bring you guys as well as include more of my viewers in the actual videos. I have some ideas as far as your inclusion goes… from answering your questions for me on my main channel to actually including some of your OWN written work on my poetry channel. The only problem is, all of this work takes money out of my own pocket! Money of which I don’t have…
Your support will help fund me on my time-consuming journey to write my first actual book as well as supply me with the funds to improve upon my multiple youtube channels. Those improvements may include buying new equipment for better quality videos, more variety in the types of content I make, and of course your involvement to help make my videos more interactive.  
For more information about me and who I am, take a look around my tumblr blog. On this blog I post my own original writings as well as frequently share the writings of others to my 14000+ followers.

Here is the link to where you can become a patron and help: 

Patreon