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Book Review: Speechless – Kim Fielding

SpeechlessSpeechless is a lovely short story about two lonely men – one who’s afflicted with aphasia after developing it from a vehicular accident and the other is a one-eyed machinist simply drifting through life with a disdainful cat as his lone companion – looking for someone to love that held no judgment over their condition.

As Travis walks home everyday, he passes the handsome guitar player Drew sitting on his front steps.  As days passed, Travis mustered the courage to approach Drew whom he learned couldn’t really speak because of aphasia. This didn’t deter Travis on getting closer with Drew until their friendship blossoms into romance. Due to his financial situation, Travis must relocate in order to keep his job but that left him no choice but to leave Drew. But what exactly is more important for Travis?

I totally loved the tenderness of the story’s narration. There’s something very beautiful about this couple. It’s like fate has put them together to be each other’s rock. The inability of Drew to talk may seem like a challenge at first but I guess, it was the reason that made them much closer. You know that people truly care about you if they can see beyond such limitations. I never knew that this couple has their own story until I read Astounding! – the most recent release of the author. I’ve met them first in Bone Dry (the third book of the Bones series) and have been wondering about their story. So glad that I finally get a hold of this.

I very much recommend this one for readers looking for some nice and tender love story.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Published July 18th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press (first published July 2012)

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You can also download the subsequent short story following their reunion  via Dreamspinner Press for FREE called The Gig. [click image for the download link]

The Gig

About The Author
Kim Fielding lives in California and travels as often as she can manage. A professor by day, at night she rushes into a phonebooth to change into her author costume (which involves comfy clothes instead of Spandex and is, sadly, lacking a cape). Her superpowers include the ability to write nearly anywhere, often while simultaneously doling out homework assistance to her children. Her favorite word to describe herself is “eclectic” and she finally got that third tattoo.

All royalties from her novels Stasis, Flux and Equipoise are donated to Doctors Without Borders.

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Book Review: Astounding! – Kim Fielding

Astounding!In one word, the book title says it all – this new release of Ms. Fielding is nothing short of astounding! But of course, I won’t stop with that just because…

Astounding! is the once popular spec fiction magazine founded by Carter Evans with his then boyfriend Freddy Morgan who has gone on to become a very successful writer. The magazine is dying and so as Carter’s hope to resurrect it and his future. In a drunken haze, Carter wrote a vile rejection letter towards a mysterious writer J. Harper who keeps on sending him terrible submission one after another.

As he came to his senses and guilt eats him up about the letter, Carter decided to pay J. Harper a visit himself and decline the latest manuscript he received more amiable this time. It turns out that J. Harper is a sweet man who looked like the 50’s movie star Tab Hunter and who also claims to be an alien. Now despite his ludicrous claim, Carter still finds himself drawn to the man. As he invites him on a road trip, Carter discovers some things that he only thought could happen in his magazine – and that he’s part of every minute of it.

I am more than impressed with this latest effort of Kim Fielding. I can’t even begin to describe my admiration towards her writing. I’ve read quite a few books from her catalogue and 95% of those are 5 stars from me. This one is definitely one of them.

Astounding! has beautiful characters with beautiful story and the development of the story from the get go was nothing short of amazing.

The character of J. Harper or John is one of the most unforgettable out of the author’s number of MCs. There’s something about his vulnerability and sweet demeanor that makes you want to cuddle him and tell him that everything’s going to be alright. I loved that about Kim Fielding! She creates character that resonates with her readers. That is the same with Carter’s characterization of course.

Also, I thought it was beautiful how Ms. Fielding gave us an update about the characters from her other novels which includes the guys from Bone Dry, Speechless and Tin Box as they appeared in this novel to somehow give color to the story. I was more than happy to see Karl  because he reminds me so much of John here. Perhaps it’s because they’re both non-human and their vulnerability from the start and that sweet innocence was always there.

This is no doubt one of the author’s best efforts and the fluidity of her writing is just amazing that I find myself getting lost for words on just how beautiful this story is.

Ms. Fielding, you truly are one of a kind. Thank you.

Rating: 5 out of 5 astounding stars!

Published June 26th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press

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About The Author
Kim Fielding lives in California and travels as often as she can manage. A professor by day, at night she rushes into a phonebooth to change into her author costume (which involves comfy clothes instead of Spandex and is, sadly, lacking a cape). Her superpowers include the ability to write nearly anywhere, often while simultaneously doling out homework assistance to her children. Her favorite word to describe herself is “eclectic” and she finally got that third tattoo.

All royalties from her novels Stasis, Flux and Equipoise are donated to Doctors Without Borders.