Allister Cromley’s Fairweather Belle (Bedtime Stories For Grownups To Tell)
By Shane Portman
Published by Shane Portman
Kindle ASIN: B00CFBA1NI, $7.80; ISBN13: 978-0615632636, $9.00
This is one of the strangest things I have ever read. Allister is definitely a character, throughout all his adventures and all the people he meets he remains true to himself even if he doesn’t know when his own birthday is. The stories are actually quite heartfelt and homey in a strange way that let you get to know Allister and feel as though he could be someone you know without actually learning much about him!
He sees things in the world in such a neat way that truth really springs from the pages. Of course you have to look for it. I read this once and thought, “Wow, total waste of time.” Then during a lunch break had nothing better to do so I picked up old Allister and read the stories again. I found ‘Pigeon’ and ‘Escalator’ to be rather interesting. These meanings started to pop out at me and I couldn’t help but fall in love a bit.
The illustrations are the second half of these stories and really help to bring it to life. They are so quirky and weird themselves it’s hard to pull your eyes from them to read, and yet they compliment the stories so well.
All in all I think this is such a light compilation of short stories to have around for a day when you feel like reading but don’t know what. The writing is fluid and enjoyable, the author clearly knowledgeable and gifted. I would recommend this to others.
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*This review was originally published on Tracy Riva Books & Reviews