Presenting the Exemplary Author Michael Forester
The Goblin Child and other stories (2016)
Michael Forester is a prolific contemporary poet and author. He has proven via the book The Goblin Child and other stories that even short stories are a beautiful form of word art; constructively carefully woven together to gift an enjoyable reading experience where the reader is transported to another realm, time or place. This book is fun to read, and The Goblin Child reminds the reader how delightful as well as insightful short stories truly are.
The shorts in The Goblin Child cover some childhood stuff in an adult viewpoint. As I attentively read each short story in this book, I realized the targeted audience was for 18+. He discusses through the short stories common and extraordinary childhood and adult issues, sharing much that at first comes across as too much, but as one continues to read the stories one realizes the necessity for the over sharing. Individually, at first, the stories in The Goblin Child seemed disconnected, disjointed, a mish mash, but the more I read of the book the more I began to see how connected the stories truly were either through the characters, the subject matter or type of story. It reminded me of the short works of Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Heinlein, where their short stories actually were connected in some way and the more I read them, the more I saw how. Michael Forester has mastered this connectivity of shorts as well.
As far as genre is concerned, this reviewer would say this book is Fiction. Some would consider individually these stories in this book to be Fantasy, Drama or Science Fiction. It truly is difficult even after reading the entire book to decide which genre the entire collection solely belongs which makes these short stories wonderfully unique. This attractive collection of shorts has a little bit of everything, like a potpourri. Michael Forester definitely knew what he was doing when he placed these imaginative stories in the order given in The Goblin Child.
The Goblin Child is also the kind of book that if you are looking for a gift for the "person who has everything" then your search is over. This is work makes an excellent gift for any occasion (birthday, the Winter Holiday, New Year's, etc.). The stories within its pages are the kind that just about anyone would find fun, has mass appeal.
I highly recommend this book; kept my attention throughout! I enjoyed the variety of short stories this collection gifts. A great big thank you to Michael Forester for writing such wonderful shorts, renewing this reader's appreciation for short story plots with plenty of twists.
Enjoy the read!
Author's Audio: Michael Forester reads Dragonsong
December 2016, Alan Coote on his radio show Let's Talk Business: Author's Stories interviewed in chat-format Michael Forester about the published book Dragonsong and his career as an Author. Mr. Forester shared some of his personal writing history. He also included how Dragonsong came into being as a published work in the exquisite Fantasy genre.
Listening to this audio was very interesting. I enjoyed how they discussed specific book related things about this author, and then would have Mr. Forester read selections from Dragonsong that went with what had been discussed. It was fun hearing Michael Forester expertly read selected sections from his lovely epic fantasy book written in a delightful rhythmic style that reminded me of The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer or the well known ancient saga Beowulf. Truly a delight to hear a good tale spun in a song or poetic storyteller format!
As of January 2019 Alan Coote's radio show Let's Talk Business: Author's Stories is no longer available online. This includes the podcast of this interview between Alan Coote and Michael Forester. Reasons for this is unknown.
A Reading of Forest Rain
Michael Forester's Official Author Website
Michael Forester's interesting works are available online via his author's website or Amazon. His user friendly site shares much about this author including his delightful poems that are available to read for free. This website also gifts return visitors with downloadable free short stories. If you get a chance to peruse his charming website, please do. Visiting Michael Forester's official site is a great way to get to know him as well as be exposed to some excellent contemporary poetry.
Autographed copies of his publications listed below are available upon request on his official author's website:
- Dragon Song (2016)
- If It Wasn't For That Dog! (2016)
- The Goblin Child and other stories (2016)
- Forest Rain (2017)
- A Home For Other Gods (2017)
- Vicious, A novel of punk rock and the second coming (2018)
- One Journey (2018)
- Light (2016)
- Love (2016)
- Peace (2016)
- Forest Meditation (2016)
- A Happy Christmas (2016)
Forest Meditation, Light, Love and Peace are also available in pdf format.
Social Networking with Michael Forester
Michael Forester social interacts with others via Twitter. He is the kind that if you follow him, Mr. Forester has the tendency to follow back. If he likes what is tweeted, he re-tweets. He and I both have enjoyed re-tweeting each other's tweets. From my personal experience with him on Twitter, Michael Forester is one of the kindest followers I have as well as a top interactor! Truly wonderful!
© 2016 Alicia Rose Harrell