SLICES, an e-book assumed to be published, copyright and written by Thomas Simon.

This is “a collection of thirty poems that explore objects, people, situations and their interplay in daily life in order to unravel an introspective view of life and its journey. Through various characters, it moves the reader from simple words to a whole different world of metaphor, conveying deeper meaning by uncovering layers of human behaviors and emotions.”

According to further brief words about the author at the end of the book, he is an avid photographer, nature lover and voracious reader who “has been writing poetry since his school days” and is desirous here to have the reader look for “fresh perspectives with varied interpretations and diverse thoughts” from the “everyday thoughts and emotions presented.”

Discussion: Regrettably from this reviewer’s perspective the author’s admirably lofty desires have not been realized. Far removed from once studying Shakespearean and Seventeenth Century Poets I did not expect especially rewarding poetry but was quite disappointed. Additionally and most regrettably from my standpoint, the author did not elicit any of his intended “fresh perspectives with varied interpretations and diverse thoughts” from his often quite unusual ruminations.

1* Regrettably and most apologetically to the author

Rejected Letter

Rejected Letter, an e-book published, illustrated and written by Evisa Isabella Rose.

Introductory material by the author describes this little book as consisting “of motivational aphorisms and poetry about heartbreak, depression, trauma, love, self-love and self-empowerment.” The material is divided into three sections – Heartbroken Letters, Love Letters and Self-love letters. The substance of the book contains all of the material provided by much more lengthy offerings with varying, often quite erudite attempts to provide the identical lessons for self-help in elevating one’s ability to deal with adversity as well as other facets of life. This same material here is presented in a ‘laid back’, mostly brief but most charming approach that many readers no doubt will discover to be every bit as effective. Perhaps this may result from the author herself. One who simultaneously is a cartoonist, photographer and illustrator whose self-description includes “a bizarre mix of a delicate soul, a curious mind, a thirsty heart and a twisted sense of humor.”

To summarize, a set of helpful suggestions for dealing with life’s vicissitudes simply and charmingly presented with a fourth particularly fascinating message that suggests even further conjecture supplied after the book’s end.

5* A short ‘how-to’ book in a simple and charming ‘laid back’ manner.