The Tale of Rickety Hall – Penny Dolan

Where would Kids’ Month be without a Ste J review of a kid’s book? He says there’s lots of pictures, and puts the age range at 6-8 years old. I am fascinated by the name “Rickety Hall” Thank you Ste J!

Book to the Future

ricketyOrphaned Jonas Jones is cold and tired, and oh so hungry. And without his little dog Scraps he’d be desperately lonely, too. So when dastardly Megrim the dog catcher and his sidekick Filch decide they’re going to get rid of Scraps, Jonas knows he must do everything he can to stop them.Even if that means going for help at Rickety Hall, the spooky old house on the hill-inside which no one’s ever dared to venture.

Having just finished A Dance to the Music of Time:  Summer – a review of which will be coming soon – I decided a break from anything too heavy was needed and as I want to review more children’s books this year, it made sense to pick something light up.

This short tale, with a good number of illustrations crammed in for good measure is full of good messages for the young ‘uns, whilst also…

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Charlie Zero – Poet

Charlie Zero embraces Beat Poetry, & bytes 21st century’s tech.

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Resa @ GLaM 0 reviews Charlie Zero’s new book @ Robot Dreams Inside A Plastic Soul!

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CZ has a message, & does not stray. Nor, does he shy away from vocabulary. This means you might want to have a dictionary handy, but don’t utilize it until you finish reading the poem at hand. IMHO, just read the poem & let your mind turn words into images. Good chance you will come to the same message/conclusion/advice or question that Charlie did.

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After the fact, I found it fun to search the words I didn’t know, only to find that in context of his work, I did know.

Obviously & ultimately, it’s not just the words Charlie uses, but the way he employs them.

Yet, Charlie can take the simplest of words and forms to create: the amusing, { “Colonel beef-fruit”} the didactic {“…multiply in zeroes.”} and the unnerving {“3, 2, 1 …boom!}”

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MY FAVE

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At this point my fave chapter is “Advanced Mushrooms [The Kodak Man]”

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In this chapter I found CZ”s current & topical messages revealed themselves most easily. This is especially evident in the poem “Mozart: The Orange Apocalypse”

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CZ’s book of poetry is a like an artistic experiment, that has unlocked the DNA of words.

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GLaM 0 signing out, & Resa heading back down to earth. Thanks for the great read, Charlie Zero!

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Click on the pick to go to Charlie’s Book Release Post.

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All you need to buy  This Robot Dreams Inside A Plastic Soul is a PayPal account & $10.00. Shipping is on the house!

The above pic is from the back of the book. Click below to read it.

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The Mythologies Of Love

How dreamy, I thought, Dean wrote a book of love poems!

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“Love”, it’s so beautiful…

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..Well, yes! However, perhaps not exactly as I had envisioned.

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Nonetheless, passion is very evident in these poems. It’s especially noted when I feel distance from the sexuality of love, but want to feel close to it.

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Dean doesn’t squander the “love ” word. Yet, I feel puppy dog love eyes.

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Dean is the dark horse running with lighter, brighter angels. His view, as always, remains true to his perceptions.

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Artists: Mandy van Leeuwen, Jennifer Johnson

Sometimes I understood I was reading  in a special language. “Evol Fo Seigolohtym Eht”

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I have a fave poem in this book. “Poem For Ann Marie” & I must mention my second fave “The Market Place”. I won’t tell you why because I really think you should just read them for yourselves.

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Artist: Charlie Johnston – C5 Artworks

  I’ll be ordering another Dean J. Baker book, in paperback, tomorrow. My collection is almost current!

You can read my reviews of ” The Eschatological Dog”

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or  “Silence Louder Than A Train”by clicking on the pics of the covers.

Dean is a prolific writer, and all of his many books are available on Amazon in EBook and/or Paperback. He even has his own Amazon page.

Dean J. Baker’s Amazon Page

OR

Buy his works on Create Space where all writers receive a larger royalty.

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Visit Dean on his website Dean J. Baker – Poetry, and Prose Poems

Dean has several other interesting Blogs that you will find linked at the bottom of  his site.

The Eschatological Dog

Delightful? A few poems are. Poignant they all remain, & dog me.

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With his one-of-a-kind poetry style, Dean trains his unique eye on the end of the world, or of humankind, death, the destiny of humanity, the Second Coming & Judgment.

Artist: Crisp
Artist: Crisp

There is no escape like reading! What about reading about what one may never escape from? Dean’s words took me into that darkening day. He used the color of meaning to paint the way.

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Yet, I never felt like running from it. I wanted to remain, to hear what the poet, writer, musician had to say about the decay, and mores.

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Artist: Richard Manoakeesick
Dean’s words string true, even if they bite you. Might as well face the music he presents, it feels healthy.

 

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Dog is God backwards, but I have a feeling Dean knew this when tempting us with his title.

Artist: Unknown to me at this moment - from Toronto's Queen W. Graffiti Alley
Artist: Unknown to me at this moment – from Toronto’s Queen W. Graffiti Alley

  I’ll be ordering another Dean J. Baker book, in paperback, tomorrow. There are still 2 or 3 I don’t own.

You can read my review of “Silence Louder Than A Train” by clicking on the pic of the cover

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Dean, what a long revealing journey from “Baker’s Bad Boys” to “The Eschatological Dog”! From dog turd to dog word you have enchanted me.

Dean is a prolific writer, and all of his many books are available on Amazon in EBook and/or Paperback. He even has his own Amazon page.

Dean J. Baker’s Amazon Page

OR

Buy his works on Create Space where you can find my most recent purchase, “In Riparian Fields”

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Visit Dean on his website Dean J. Baker – Poetry, and Prose Poems

Dean has several other interesting Blogs that you will find linked at the bottom of  his site.

Versions Of The Self

Christy Birmingham’s  new book of poems is one of the best you will ever read.

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Through what I see as 8 versions of her self, Christy reveals 8 versions of my self.

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Artist: Unknown

Yes, her metaphors are cunning, and her near rhymes, feet & other poetic abilities are alluring,

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  However, it is her ability to stay focused on the self that make these poems very special & simply personally meaningful.

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Artist: Tiff Seymour

Read “Versions Of The Self” & be wiser, as you will discover in Future Selves.

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BTW, the concept of “Versions” itself, is poetry! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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Pics (not the book cover) taken by Resa – 2014

Don’t miss out on”Versions Of The Self” available in hard copy on Create Space

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OR: in KINDLE from Amazon

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is available at the Redmund Productions Book Store.

Also, check out  Christy’s blogs Poetic Parfait & When Women Inspire

Cover Reveal for My Upcoming Book Versions of the Self

⭐ I have been so looking forward to Christy’s new book! I’ll be ordering a hard copy for my library. As soon as the series I am designing the costumes for is done, I’ll be doing a Graf Style review of it. ⭐

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OH yes! It’s nearly time for the launch of Versions of the Self.

I can hardly contain myself in sharing with you the book cover for the first time publicly! I will be offering the book in BOTH Kindle and hardcover versions.

Here it is, the front cover for my next poetry book:

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I am so pleased with the way it turned out. Thank you to the designers who have helped me. I began by selecting a premade cover by designer Betibup33 of The Book Cover Designer. The paintbrush caught my eye as it relates to the creations (painting) of the self within the book. Such a unique

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Silence Louder Than A Train

Dean J. Baker, writer extraordinaire, penned the poetry  Silence Louder Than A Train

Dean’s 20/10 visions break bold, clever, sarcastic, cynical, brutally honest, bare faced, bare-soul, telling off, alone, deeply passionate & extremely vivid visually.

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The poetry left me pensive, painted into a corner, or suddenly wrapped with a loving arm (crying out loud) , or dropped into a comedy (laughing out loud).

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As I read, Dean’s words kept coming at me, relentlessly, with increasing  speed. I couldn’t put the book down; I read poems to anyone who would listen.

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Dean’s style is rebellious. Capitals, punctuation, starts, ends and rhymes are where he wants them to be. His consummate skill works it all beautifully. So just read on without expecting a period at the end

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When I reached the end, I began reading the book from back to front.

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Then I was at the beginning again.

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  I very recently bought my first Dean J. Baker book for Kindle, Poetry & How It Gets That Way. I own 4 more of Dean’s titles, all in paperback.

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In my humble opinion, Dean J. Baker is a writer most worth reading.

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Dean is a prolific writer, and all of his many books are available on Amazon in EBook and/or Paperback. He even has his own Amazon page.

Dean J. Baker’s Amazon Page

51ErddOT4xL._UY250_41fK8y6FbRL._UY250_51eWJJqbj2L._UX250_414nURUNVzL._UY250_A few more books by Dean J. Baker

Visit Dean on his website Dean J. Baker – Poetry, and Prose Poems

Dean has several other interesting Blogs that you will find linked at the bottom of  his site.