Sunday, January 2, 2011

Review: Raven Wings and 13 More Twisted Tales by Frank G. Poe, Jr.

ISBN 10: 0-7414-6230-3
ISBN 13: 978-0-7414-6230-5
Page Count: 110
Copyright: 2010

About the Author:
(Taken from back cover)

An army brat, Frank started life a fat, bald baby resembling Buddha, and Okinawan women rubbed his belly for good luck.  After his father's retirement, they returned to Kentucky where he graduated from Campbell County High School an honor student.  Next, he earned a Bachelor of Arts from Northern Kentucky University.  He's a published and recorded poet, starting at age 7.  Frank boasts over 15 years experience as a journalist.  Almost being killed by Multiple Sclerosis in 1998, a survivor, he battled back from bed ridden, wheelchair, and walker to cane.  He's married with 3 children and 3 grand children.

(Taken from back cover)

You must read the introduction to Poe's new book for the health and safety of your loved ones.  Discover the answer to a mystery over 160 years old and fourteen tales guaranteed to entertain.  Eerie and sometimes humorous, the twisted tales result in a thought provoking experience about our society, relationships, health and money.  The author holds us up to the mirror so we can take a good look at ourselves.  It's easy to see how Poe's new book will become a proven literary hit.


Well, the title is definitely accurate ... this book does encompass 14 twisted tales.  I've always been a fan of Edgar Allen Poe, so when I saw this author's last name was Poe I was really intrigued to read this book.  There's more than just the similarity of the last name.  In the introduction, the author makes the insinuated claim that he is the reincarnation of E. A. Poe himself ... along with a few other people.  Do I believe him?  Well, that's not really the point of a review is it?  =)

The tales themselves were well written.  There were parts that made me laugh, made me sad and some that even made me think.  There was even one that made me somewhat offended and I was appalled that someone would write a tale like that.  Although I found one tale slightly offensive, someone else may not.  After all, we are all different and with our own opinions.

Despite the offensive nature of one of the tales, I did enjoy this book.  I always enjoy a book that can invoke deep emotions in me ... no matter what those emotions are.  For an author to write so effectively is a true sign of talent.  If you want something new and different to read that will stir up some emotions, then I would recommend this book be added to your library.

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