Sunday, December 23, 2012

Book Review: One of Us, Old Boy by L. Joseph Shosty

One of Us, Old Boy

Author: L. Joseph Shosty

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Synopsis: A wise old professor, facing forced retirement, passes on his greatest secret to his protégé in this moving story of two disparate generations affected by war.

Brought to you by TeamNerd reviewer Bridget Strahin

Review: I must say, when I first read the synopsis of this story, I was excited even though it's well, a short story. In my opinion, short stories are hard to get into because the writer has very little pages to get you hooked in and for me, it never works out. However, Mr. Shosty had no problems with that.

From page one all the way through the entire story, I was hooked. Mr. Shosty had a way with his words that had me flowing from page to page and before I knew it, I was at the end and disappointed.

Disappointed because I wanted more.

The story follows Dr. Trotter as he reminisces and tells his young protégé Thomas about past days of friendships and war. It is a moving tale of an old man with more days behind him then in front, who has many secrets to share with a young man who wants to one day follow in his footsteps.

The only thing I have an issue with is the cover. It's a picture of a pentagram on a floating island and I'm not sure how it fits. I would recommend changing the cover so that the story isn't misleading. It really has nothing to do with the story.

The story was well written and imaginative. I would recommend this quick read to anyone, no matter what genre they are used to reading.

About the Author: L. Joseph Shosty was born in Texas City, Texas to working-class parents who divorced when he was still an infant. He spent the better part of his childhood moving from place to place, living in various parts of Texas, Louisiana, and Tennessee before finally settling in Winnie, Texas, a farming community seventy miles from Houston. He wrote his first story when he was three, but it wasn't until he was in teens that he realized his passion for storytelling could ever become a profession. He sold his first short story in 1998, and soon began amassing a following on the Internet. When his first story collection, Hoodwinks on a Crumbling Fence, was a disaster, he quit writing, intending never to publish another word again. He made good on this promise until the birth of his son, William, in 2008 prompted him to give it another try.

Mr. Shosty writes a little bit of everything, and has been lauded in the past for his eclectic tastes and frequent style changes. Though he classifies himself as a science fiction writer, he has written sf, fantasy, mystery, horror, westerns, romance, erotica, weird tales, steampunk, and men's adventure, as well as more mainstream/literary work. He regards the short story as the perfect medium for the artistic expression of ideas, but he also concedes that the future of literature will likely always reside in the novel form.

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