Sunday, February 21, 2016

Shorter Journeys

Shorter JourneysShorter Journeys by David Calder
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What short strange trips these are! God pays a cash reward for attempting to prevent John Denver from crashing. A backpacking chemist finds the fountain of youth at Machu Picchu. Skeletons in a family’s closet, the historic tale of the plight of some Russian Jews in wartime Poland, a story of the road not taken, throw in some time travel and a beer delivery driver who is haunted on the highway and you have an idea what lies within this diverse anthology.

There is humor, history, mystery, heart and depth. David Calder writes with clean flowing prose and plumbs his fertile imagination to exploit his vast knowledge base to his readers’ delight. These nine stories cover the entire spectrum of genres, and geography from Australia to Utah by way of Peru. It is clear that Kiwi/American, David Calder, has both a great data base of experience to call upon, and the skill to express it in an entertaining way. Do yourself a favor and take these Shorter Journeys.

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