02 June 2014

Review: Child to the Waters - James Everett Kibler

Child to the Waters
Child to the Waters by James Everett Kibler

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Let me start by admitting that this type of book is not my normal read. Therefore, my rating and review will not be as "academic" as others who read this style for a living might write. Even though I have met Jim Kibler on numerous occasions - have heard him lecture, had meals with him, and sat in an easy chair in his company, I had just never gotten around to reading any of his books. I even used to carry most of them in my online book store, so I have accumulated them, but again, never read one - until now.

The first story in this book through me for a loop initially. The literary symbolism and descriptive language being used was just so foreign and I feared I would not make it far in this writing. But alas, it did not take long at all for it all to click, and I found that the more I read, the more enjoyable the writings became.

This book is a collection of short stories focused on a slow paced life of country/southern type characters - characters which come alive in these pages, and stories that suck you in to the surroundings. I found them very well written and each story seemed more enjoyable than the last. Now that I am officially familiar with this author's writings, I will be less hesitant to pick up another of his titles in the future.

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