- Paperback: 266 pages
- Publisher: McCrary Publishing (31 July 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0998059609
- ISBN-13: 978-0998059600
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
The Waystation: 'Cause Dead's Not Really Dead Paperback – Import, 31 Jul 2017
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About the Author
Laurie Jameson had a completely unremarkable childhood as the only child of Mississippi born and raised parents. Though she grew up in southern California, she spent every summer of her childhood and part of her high school years in Mississippi, and is no stranger to the odd ins and outs of southern life. If you haven't experienced a sea of roaches crawling across your front porch on a muggy summer night, then you haven't grown up in the south and probably can't relate to the entire "southern thing." Her love of reading started before she even had a complete grasp on the alphabet. As a toddler, she could often be found under her parents' dining room table with her blanket and her story books, looking at the pictures and telling herself the tales contained within their pages. As she grew, she often found reading more interesting than the world around her. She spent many family vacations with her nose in a book, completely oblivious to whatever sights her parents were vainly trying to point out to her, often responding with, "If you've seen one tree, you've seen them all." Yes, she was that kid at school who spent recess comfortably situated in a patch of shade reading while everyone else ran around playing. She never had any intention of becoming a writer. She stumbled on it quite by accident after having a rather intense dream and telling her husband it would make a great book. He talked her into writing it by presenting her with a new laptop and telling her to get on with it. Five years, lots of tears, many glasses of wine, way too many toffee peanuts and chicken enchiladas later, success. No one said it would be easy, and that's probably a good thing, because they would have been lying. But it's certainly been interesting.
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I liked the way the author introduces the readers to the ‘Waystation’. It was quite interesting and had the hook in it. The concept of caretakers of the waystation also seemed quite appropriate. It fit. The book then moves on to tell us the stories of a few characters - Cara, Tony, Rachel, & Marco. Their lives are their own yet their stories are forever entwined. It is through their stories that the author raises quite a few social issues on the side as well, like abuse.
I will get one of my quirks out of the way here. I really do not like titles with a colon in it. It makes me think that the title isn’t enough and the author wants to convey more, yet unable to do it with just the title. I know it is a stupid quirk, but you know how we bookworms can get about our quirks.
I absolutely enjoyed the premise of the book. The way it was handled kind of resonated with me. And the cover image kind of resonates with the setting as well. The characters in the book felt real. They had both good and bad in them making them more relatable. In a way the stories of these characters in the given setting is what makes the book tick. The author’s narrative is inviting, which adds to the book’s charm.
There are two particular points that I would like to point out. One, you do not have to be a spiritualist to enjoy this book. Second, there is some violence in this book that may be trigger for some.
This book IS different. It is unlike anything I have read before and as a result I enjoyed it quite a bit.
Characters: There is a rich cast of characters. The story is told from the point of view of almost every character. The author tells us the background of every character. The character development is great but at times, she divulged unnecessary details which seemed irrelevant to the story.
Plot: The plot of the book was rather abstract. The first half of the book was fast-paced and the story seemed to be heading somewhere. But it takes an unexpected turn towards the second half and not much happens. The two halves felt a little disconnected. The plot could have been tighter and there could have been more flow. But, at no point the book got boring. I was constantly wondering about how a particular character will react now.
Language: The language was lucid. There were a few mistakes in my copy but the author had inserted a handwritten note ensuring that they are in process of getting corrected.
In a nutshell, pick up this book if you want to read something light and interesting.
PS: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
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I have this book on my Kindle. BUT, I also won an autographed copy of this book during a Goodreads giveaway. I am under no obligation to leave a review or rating and do so voluntarily. So that others may also enjoy this book, I am paying it forward by donating it to my local library.