Tales of Two Roberts – Review Links

Just sharing a couple of reviews. This one is a review of Robert Edison Sandiford’s And Sometimes They Fly (I’ve actually read this one, though at the time I wasn’t able to review it and would probably need to read again before I could even attempt to…). Luckily we have this from George Elliot Clarke:

“Luckily, in Sandiford’s tale, a trio of Elect (angelic) beings, guided by an Elder, intervene to save Barbados and, by extension, the world.

David can fly, even to the moon (though he does find space “chilly;”) Marsha is super strong (a Bajan bionic woman) and Franck has no excuse for not paying his bills on time, for he is, well, super fast.

But even if Superman, Wonder Woman and the Flash (so to speak) want to ward off the monster invasion, they are limited by the Elders: Milton, who is Miltonic, and Mackie, who is Machiavellian.

Three Witches, reminiscent of Macbeth’s fortunetellers, also impede the would-be do-gooders.” Read the full review.

And it seems appropriate to share this review by Sandiford of Robert R. Gibson’s Erotic. Thanks to the Writers and Artistes group on facebook for sharing this.

“What Gibson’s preface does, if it offers insight in the service of the work to follow, it does by way of alerting the reader to the insistent force of his words and their indebtedness (also made clear in the Acknowledgements) to spoken-word styling.  This is both advantage and disadvantage.  We can see the poet performing on the stage, but will we hear him on the page?” Read the full review but warning the site is NSFW

Reviews can be thrilling or painful depending on the outcome (trust me, I know) but they are useful (from a developmental to a marketing perspective) and there could be much more of it in the Caribbean literary landscape; so I share in that spirit.

You can share some of the mini-reviews I’ve written by searching ‘Blogger on Books’ on this site. My most recent is this Sharon Millar review. Mostly these days, I don’t write about every book I read (I used to: good, bad, and I’m so booored), but like Essence (lol) my reviews nowadays are mostly recommendations – i.e. if I like a book (or mostly like it, or think it has promise but needs work) I’ll tell you why; if I don’t (or don’t have much good to say about it), well, you won’t read about it (the book, that is) here.

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