Book Reviews

Book Review: Squall

Poems in the Voice of Mary Shelley
by Chad Norman

While reading Squall: Poems in the Voice of Mary Shelley, I found myself in an other-world of course. Not one where fairies live, or maybe but not the kind of fae I am familiar with. Perhaps it is a world where monsters are made and then living in regret. This world created with these raw, erotic and exotic words (and images) certainly has a surreal fealing. There is a darkness and haunting tone, sometimes sexy, sometimes depressing. The telling is rich, strange and captivating.

Words to describe this poetry: Chilling, sexy, erotic, strange, macabre, dreamy, hellish, terror, haunting, dark, depressing, sad, sensual

This will be the last Netgalley I review. The format on my kindle is terrible. I read this to fulfill my promise. I had borrowed 2 books and both had a problem with the format for my kindle. It was extremely difficult for me to read but it is well written and deserves high marks for its content.

I was able to listen to an excerpt on Netgalley. The listening was incredible and I was under the impression it would be offered as an audible. As far as I know at this moment it will not be offered as an audible and I was disappointed that I was not reviewing an audible.

Squall is mature reading with images and definitely has a dark genre or flavor. Not everyone will connect with this style of writing. Poetry is one of those creative edges and not everyone will agree with how I feel when reading this work.

What if the lady — Jane Austen’s contemporary –who conceived the world’s most intriguing modern monster (Doc Frankenstein’s creature) — was also a proto-suffragette, precursor-feminist, and, simultaneously, much to her chagrin, wedded to a narcissist poet, whose liberalism urged on his libertinism? How would such a woman think? What would she say about her majuscule Romantic dilemma and miniscule romantic predicament? Such are the questions that Chad Norman pursues in his act (and art) of sympathetic re-animation: Squall: Poems in the Voice of Mary Shelley.

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