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Searching for Amber
Searching for Amber
Searching for Amber - a literary novel by David Smith
Have you heard about Goodreads Giveaways? If not (and if you enjoy books of course) why not head over to Goodreads, sign up and explore the competitions they run. As a Goodreads author myself I have run two competitions in the past. What happens is that the author chooses the dates, lets people know about their book and Goodreads runs a draw on the final day. They let you know you have won and the author is told your address so you can receive your book. What is the catch? None, except that they sincerely hope you will read the book and write a review.
How I came to read Searching for Amber
Last week I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Searching for Amber by David Smith. I have read through and it is a lovely book which in time I shall review on Amazon and Goodreads. I want to give it time to digest and maybe re-read first because this is a book that warrants a little more care and attention than most.
I am not cautious in my reading, in fact I will read virtually anything and it was the brevity of the blurb that intrigued me. There were fewer takers on this Giveaway, possibly because it left a lot to the imagination and possibly because it was UK only. This is a great shame because in my view Searching for Amber is a book that will please lovers of good writing and literary fiction.
OK... Here is the book version!
I won the paperback version of Searching for Amber. It is a well presented, tightly bound and chunky paperback.
Literary style and Searching for Amber - what I enjoyed
If you are at all deterred by descriptive writing, the use of present tense or the writer going inside the main character's head then this is probably not your kind of book. It is a book that is for those long evenings when you don't want the television on, when you feel you want to luxuriate over a novel that will make you think. It starts slowly, but is nevertheless compelling; a story woven around characters that seem to have no outward connection but are in fact deeply connected and related on an unknown level. It is a story of love and loss, betrayal and tragedy.
The language of Searching for Amber is descriptive and beautiful. Time seems to stop when the action is most apparent, there is prose and there is poetry. I believe Searching for Amber could become a modern classic. OK... I said I would be writing my review later (and I will of course) so I will leave it at that hoping that perhaps I will have whetted an appetite or two and of course there is always Goodreads. Why not head over there, check out the Giveaways and see if there is anything that might take your fancy? I did and I was very glad!
For those who love real books that carry a bit of weight the hardback version is also available.
I looked to see if I could find a trailer for David Smith's book, but I was unsuccessful. Not all authors use trailers of course but I thought some people might be interested to see mine. The Cougar is not literary fiction but paranormal fantasy so it is completely different (and it must be said it is not to all tastes either) but I included it as an example of a book trailer and because I am proud of the music.
The trailer I made for my own book.