Monday, February 25, 2013

Allister Cromley's Fairweather Belle, by Shane Portman

Allister is a man of mystery.  He has met many an interesting person, yet he has no idea when his own birthday is.  Throughout his life, he amasses a collection of stories that rival the fairy tales of old.  Each tale is more incredible than the last, but all will leave you at least a tiny bit likelier to believe in magic.

I, for one, believe that there are far few fairy tales and bedtime stories for adults.  I am so happy that this author has sought to correct this grave injustice.  Alliter's tales are, in a word, enchanting.  I loved reading the snippets of his life, and was immediately pulled in.  I want to know more about Allister and his fascinating life.

The character development of Allister is quite unique.  We do not learn a lot about him as a character, but the things we do learn make him seem like someone we know quite well.  And in fact, I think there is a little bit of Allister in all of us.

In addition to solid and enchanting stories, the writing is accompanied by some truly superb illustrations.  Even the typography adds to the overall reading experience.  The result is simply magical.  I really look forward to more installments in this series, as it shows considerable promise.  

I received a review copy courtesy of the author in exchange for my honest review.


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