Monday, June 23, 2008

Book Review - Springtime On Mars by Susan Woodring

Ok, I admit it – in my mind, the words “short fiction” or “a collection of short stories” are synonymous with “read only if forced” or “not interesting enough to be a novel”. And if the title even slightly hints of science fiction, forget it, fiction isn’t supposed to make me think that hard.

Susan Woodring’s Springtime on Mars doesn’t fall within any of my preconceived notions of short fiction. With solid writing and a willingness to reveal the person behind the persona, Woodring’s writing is straightforward without being raw, her stories fresh and imaginative.

Springtime on Mars provides an entertaining and thought-provoking look into the varied lives of mothers, fathers, sons, daughters and spouses . Whether you like them as people or not, you can’t help but recognize their humanness, regardless of their age, gender, or life lived. It’s a great summer read, to be enjoyed on a lazy afternoon (or two).
- Lori Schneider

Lori was kind enough to be a guest reviewer for Blog Stop Book Tours. And for more information about Susan, please visit her website, .

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