I love analogies, and my books are full of them. I use them to embue my books with age old wisdom. I also love extended metaphors and that's the point at which a book becomes magical realism. This short video, staring my daughter and her boyfriend, is a visual metaphor that I use in my book You Can't Shatter Me. I use a lot of metaphors in that story. Check out You Can't Shatter Me on Amazon or find other outlets here. Want to read more posts like this? If so, subscribe to new content delivered by email (see the button on the right side bar). If you like stories with action, romance and a contemplative element, you'll enjoy my fiction, so take a look in my bookshop before you go. There's a book on How to Meditate Easily, Effectively & Deeply, and the audio book section of the bookshop also has a free download of a guided meditation on MP3 You can also follow me on all sorts of social media by clicking the buttons at the top of my … [Read more...]
Scrawling: A new book by Jonathan Gould that you simply must read.
I've always liked Jonathan Gould's books. He has a unique quirky kind of style that is both humorous and insightful. This is the best of the Neville books so far. It's magical realism in that the whole thing is an extended metaphor. Neville is drowning in a sea of words. He is buffeted by words, swamped by words and hit by torrents of words. He meets word fish, snarks and carps and groupers, amongst others. Their words have an effect on him and on their surroundings. Why is the carp so dingy compared to the other word fish? Because he's made out of words that belittle and carp on the negative. Colourful words create coral in this language metaphor. Wispy words wave like fern fronds and so on. But as time goes on, Neville discovers that he too is turning into words. He meets a wermaid who tells him that the word world is taking over the real world. She doesn't see that as a problem until Neville points out that words only have meaning because they relate to something real in the real … [Read more...]