Author: Piers Anthony
Published By: Dreaming Big Publications, 2016
Reviewed By: Jessica
Writer’s Retweet stems from an interesting concept of Piers’ where he used tweets to tell a story. For the purpose of publishing a novel with the stories all in one place, he removed the tweet structure and organized the book as a conventional piece. The first three chapters represent a continuous storyline, while chapters four and five stand on their own. I would have loved to encounter these stories in tweet format, as I think it would build suspense as readers wait for the next part of the story in the next tweet. Reading these stories in their original context would be more engaging, in my opinion. The plots of each of the stories were so-so for me, with ‘Forbidden Fruit’ being my favorite out of the three.
As I’ve stated in other Piers Anthony reviews, his writing style is very unique, but is not one that I am instantly drawn to. I do appreciate his work and his dedication to bringing his powerful imagination to others.
About the Book:
Horrifying illusions. Classified government operations.
Heavily guarded secrets.
Cryptic rumors. Dangerous prisoners.
Irresistible passion. Demonic magic.
Piers Anthony weaves this and more into Writer’s Retweet, a collection of five short stories abounding in the adventure, magic, and naughtiness that fans have come to know and love from this author.
In “Experiment,” “Discovery,” and “Mission,” painfully average Bigelow Bilge and Paula Plaintiff are thrust unwillingly into a world fraught with terrifying, victim-specific illusions. Who—or what—is the source of these horrifying encounters? Why have Bigelow and Paula been targeted?
A newspaper reporter in “Dull Street Incident” gets wind of a delicious scandal rumored to have punctuated a stale suburban street. Menacing prisoners, conniving teenage girls, and one well-kept secret leads this reporter to the story of a lifetime. But who will believe it?
In “Forbidden Fruit,” dowdy, middle-aged Edith happens upon a mysterious fruit that completely alters her life—and the life of Kent, an attractive, young neighbor. Seduced by her newfound magical abilities and rediscovered sex appeal, Edith plunges into a world filled with demons, pleasure, and unthinkable risk.
About the Author:
Piers Anthony is one of the world's most popular fantasy authors, and a New York Times bestseller twenty-one times over. His Xanth novels have been read and loved by millions of readers around the world, and he daily receives hundreds of letters from his devoted fans. In addition to the Xanth series, Anthony is the author of many other best-selling works. Piers Anthony lives in Inverness, Florida.
DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for writing a review. I was not obligated to give a positive review, and all thoughts are my own.