Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Book Review: "Halley's Gift and Eight Other Extraordinary Tales" (Carey V. Azzara)

As entertaining as it can be to read fiction about ordinary people like you and me, where would we be without fairy tales and other stories about characters whose lives reflect a kind of "above and beyond" factor? Fascination, encouragement, and even enlightenment follow when we read about those, perhaps, whom we wish we could be, even for a short time.

Who hasn't before wished to actually play a part in an otherworldly fantasy novel, or fulfill a role in a sweet, small-town romance?

Surely it can't be just me.

In Halley's Gift and Eight Other Extraordinary Tales, by Carey V. Azzara, readers meet characters in situations that are just that: extraordinary, fascinating, and even otherworldly. When in need of a quick escape from the challenges and disappointments of reality, pick up this collection of novelettes and read about someone else's life, for a change.

There's Halley, of the collection title, whose Native American ancestry has left her gifted beyond anything even her wildest dreams could have imagined, but possessed of a healthy skepticism that threatens to kill her powers before she can even put them to use.

Or how about Lucky McGregor, whose prowess and courage in life-threatening search-and-rescue missions make him someone --- or, rather, something --- about whom stories are and will be told for generations to come?

Sit in on college lectures with precocious genius high school student Will, and watch how his brilliant grasp of reality overwhelms him unless he can channel his efforts and pathos into solving real-world problems to make a much-needed difference.

These and many more genuine characters in stories of their own will remind you that extraordinary doesn't have to mean superhuman powers or fairy tale creatures (though it can) and that instead, every person is extraordinary ... individual ... unique in his or her own way and corner of the world.

Azzara's well-written novelettes promise to keep readers captivated and eagerly turning pages to find out not only what will happen next but also to whom will it happen, which is the beauty of an anthology in itself.

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Author: Carey V. Azzara
Title: Halley's Gift and Eight Other Extraordinary Tales
ISBN: 978-1-63381-040-2
Purchase here: http://amzn.to/1Jaioj6

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the author in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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