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Kaleidoscope [Kindle Edition]

Vickie Johnstone
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Book Description

A collection of 119 poems, arranged under the following chapters: figures; nature; abstracts; love; haiku; darkwave; childhood; and creatures.

"Moments that make us pause long enough to look around and remember the magic" - Grady Harp, Amazon reviewer.


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About the Author

Vickie Johnstone lives in London, editing magazines and writing poetry about life and delightful prose about cats. Some day she plans to live by the sea with fluffy cats and a lifetime supply of Milky Bar chocolate.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 221 KB
  • Print Length: 154 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1469918536
  • Publisher: Vickie Johnstone (19 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SY5VZ8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,187,415 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hi, I live in London, UK, and I have self-published 15 books. I work as a magazine layout sub-editor. I love reading, writing, films, the sea, art, animals (especially cats), nature, rock music, Milky Bar and travelling.

Kiwi and the Serpent of the Isle was a finalist in the Children's Books section of the National Indie Excellence Book Awards 2013. I Dream of Zombies was a finalist in the Horror section of the same competition in 2014.

As I edit indie books for a living, you might see other books alongside mine in the UK bookshop when you do a search. The only ones I've written have my name as the author. I edited the others.

Books published in 2011:
Kaleidoscope (March) - 119 poems, divided by chapter themes;
Travelling Light - a free book of poetry;
Kiwi in Cat City - the first in a series about a magical cat and her human pals (April);
Kiwi and the Missing Magic (June);
Kiwi and the Living Nightmare (October).

The Kiwi books contain illustrations by Nikki McBroom.

Books published in 2012:
Day of the Living Pizza - a free comedy horror for ages 10 up (May);
Life's Rhythms - a collection of 316 haiku (June);
3 Heads and a Tail - a romantic comedy with walkies, written for NaNoWriMo (June);
Kiwi and the Serpent of the Isle (August);
Day of the Pesky Shadow (book 2 in the Smarts & Dewdrop Mysteries series)(November);
Kiwi in the Realm of Ra (November); and
Kiwi's Christmas Tail (December).

Books published in 2013:
The Sea Inside (Cerulean Songs, book 1); and
I Dream of Zombies (book 1).

Books published in 2014:
Haven (I Dream of Zombies, book 1).

Links:

Book trailer for the Kiwi Series: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLjmVgNJcLM&list=FLGOC-BhfpJESSRXcOKzekEA&index=3

Amazon US author page:
www.amazon.com/Vickie-Johnstone/e/B004SZ9TGE
Amazon UK book page:
www.amazon.co.uk/Vickie-Johnstone/e/B004SZ9TGE/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1390142088&sr=1-1

Blog: vickiejohnstone.blogspot.com
Twitter: @vickiejohnstone
Website: Kiwiincatcity.com
Merchandise: www.zazzle.co.uk/kiwiincatcity
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/4788773.Vickie_Johnstone

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorVickieJohnstone
www.facebook.com/KiwiinCatCity
www.facebook.com/KaleidoscopePoetry
www.facebook.com/VickieJohnstoneEditing

The Kiwi Series is written for readers aged 9 up. They follow the adventures of a magical cat called Kiwi and her two human friends, Amy and James. With a flick of her tail, Kiwi magically changes the two children into kittens and takes them to her other home, Cat City, and to other new worlds.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some beautiful poems here! 5 May 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a book of many poems, each broken up into 'chapters' or subjects, such as 'love' or 'nature' etc. Now, I will be honest & say I don't generally like poetry but I was given the opportunity to read this & as I enjoyed a previous book by this author I thought I would give them a chance. I went in with an open mind and I am so glad I did. Wow! This author writes beautiful words. I enjoyed each & every poem, I found myself turning page after page to read the next & the next. More of the same please! Such a talented writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry for the 21st century!! highly recommend 18 April 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Kaleidoscope is thoughtful and evocative. I particularly like Pine needles which conjures up images of holidays past!

Vickie's poems are wide ranging, both in topic and in technical scope. They acheive that 'oh so hard to find' balance of being both pleasurable and easy to read, yet well structured and gritty enough to please even the most critical eye. Perfect for people who enjoy poetry, but are put off by the long winded and over blown nature of classical poets. Kaleidoscope delivers the best of both worlds.

This is clearly a book which has been carefully considered and composed, not thrown together. It is easy to dip in and out of- Vickie has the ability to transport readers to another time and place entirely, offering a little slice of escapism and a break from the daily grind.

Would also make a lovely gift for both poetry novices and experts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poems from a Beautiful Soul 14 April 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
While reading "Kaleidoscope" I was instantly impressed by the fast-paced rhythm of the first poem. The rest of the poems were equally as appealing and they ranged from bright and cheerful to dark and ominous. A few poems talked of ghosts and death and even of magical fantasy places with wizards and maidens. But most of the poems have a subtle beauty to them.

I loved the poem about a dragon fly which was very pretty. Then "Mog" is a cute poem about a cat. There is also a poem about a dog looking for a home which captivated me with its sense of longing.

There are poems about lazy afternoons, teddy bears, memories of going to a fair as a child and thoughts of long-lost friends. I really enjoyed all the poems with water images in them especially "The Sparkling Sea."

There are also some funny moments like in the poem about monsters in the closet and thoughts about commuting. This poet loves playing with words and often the sound of the words seems more important than the meaning. Yet all the poems make perfect sense and are easy to understand. I liked the contrast between the light and dark poems and enjoyed reading about all the beauty we find in the world.

~The Rebecca Review
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff. 6 April 2011
By Rusty
Format:Kindle Edition
It's a nice compilation of poems. I enjoyed reading, especially a few of them like the rock star, its funny and the crowded trains as I'm from London. Hope you write more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poems from a Beautiful Soul 14 April 2011
By Rebecca of Amazon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
While reading "Kaleidoscope" I was instantly impressed by the fast-paced rhythm of the first poem. The rest of the poems were equally as appealing and they ranged from bright and cheerful to dark and ominous. A few poems talked of ghosts and death and even of magical fantasy places with wizards and maidens. But most of the poems have a subtle beauty to them.

I loved the poem about a dragonfly which was very pretty. Then "Mog" is a cute poem about a cat. There is also a poem about a dog looking for a home which captivated me with its sense of longing.

There are poems about lazy afternoons, teddy bears, memories of going to a fair as a child and thoughts of long-lost friends. I really enjoyed all the poems with water images in them especially "The Sparkling Sea."

There are also some funny moments like in the poem about monsters in the closet and thoughts about commuting. This poet loves playing with words and often the sound of the words seems more important than the meaning. Yet all the poems make perfect sense and are easy to understand. I liked the contrast between the light and dark poems and enjoyed reading about all the beauty we find in the world.

~The Rebecca Review
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some beautiful poems here! 5 May 2011
By wistfulskimmie - Wistfulskimmies Book Reviews Blog - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a book of many poems, each broken up into 'chapters' or subjects, such as 'love' or 'nature' etc. Now, I will be honest & say I don't generally like poetry but I was given the opportunity to read this & as I enjoyed a previous book by this author I thought I would give them a chance. I went in with an open mind and I am so glad I did. Wow! This author writes beautiful words. I enjoyed each & every poem, I found myself turning page after page to read the next & the next. More of the same please! Such a talented writer.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gleamingly Innocent, Eyes Wide Open 24 April 2011
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Vickie Johnstone is a new poet - to us. She has been writing poems and children's books for some time now, waiting for that magic opening in the sky that acknowledges a talent. Well, she has the talent. This is a book of a mixture of poems in both content and in form. Where she is most successful is in her brief poems that celebrate some natural miracle as in the follow poem titled RAIN

Rain

She sits and dreams of making rain
In the dark, shadows dancing mimic
Colours of the aghast
Sights and sounds and murmurs
Still breathing
Watching over the edge
Of everything
The glass splinters into a million shapes
Cast in a myriad of lights
Bright and sparkling, dancing
In the spring sun
And she dreams of making rain
That tears and crashes
Washing away the shards of glass
Splattering the colours rent
With droplets of ice-cold nothing
Cuts and caresses
Shards of grass peeking through
Clouds gathering
Dust.

When a new poet gives evidence of a language as fresh as this then we can expect much more. And though the book is only 119 poems long, it is gratefully full of imaginings and observings such as this, moments that make us pause long enough to look around and remember the magic. She seems to be less concerned with shocking her reader than with embracing - with all the talent she has to share. This is refreshingly talented writing. Grady Harp, April 11
5.0 out of 5 stars Kaleidoscope ~ Book of Poems ~ A Real Treat! 7 Dec. 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Kaleidoscope is full of beautiful poems. If you want to be inspired then you should definitely read Vickie's poems. I did not want to rush through either of the books. How can I describe how I felt when reading the poems? I wanted to enter the poem and feel the emotions. Kind of like sitting in my rocker looking out into the piney woods that surround my house. I feel the trees swaying, birds and squirrels playing. Reading her poems were like that, inspiring, heart felt and full of wonder. An emotional experience.

I like the way it was divided into subjects: figures,nature, abstracts, haikui, creatures, childhood, dark wave

I have several favorites in Kaleidoscope here are two.
THE AFFAIR and THE DARK WOOD.

I will share one of them. Then when you get the book you can read THE AFFAIR.

The dark wood

In the deepest depths of the dark wood
See the spectre trees stand and stare
Stretching out their bony fingers
To trip up weary wanderers who dare
Go freely into the unknown air.

In the deepest depths of the dark wood
Catch the ghostly moonlight crossings
Of the languid shapes that sink and shift
Floating endlessly in the speckled frosting
That lies in sheets on the muddy ground.

In the deepest depths of the dark wood
Hear the plaintiff wails of the ever lost
Stuck in time along the virgin paths
Caught in the lair of the unseen host
Who travels alone with his silent scream.

In the deepest depths of the dark wood
Keep your wits about you in the night shade
Lest you wander too far from the spectre trees
And find yourself far from the grassy glad
Beneath the ever-present smiling moon.

Vickie Thanks for Sharing your Poems with us!

I highly recommend this book.

Disclosure
I received a free copy of these books from the author for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful poems made beautiful imagery 11 Jun. 2013
By Dealsharingaunt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is the second poetry book by this author I have read. I was not disappointed! I liked "The Funeral" and thought that it would be nice for memorial services. I really liked that this boo was grouped into sections by genre. Here is another of my favorites:
So We Go:
Into the night we go
Free as birds
Soundless and unseen
Trivial and green
Unknowing, unthinking
With no boundaries
No obstacles -
With wings, groundless

I could see birds flying and people escaping into the night.
These are all good poems, and there were none that I disliked. It was a fast read, and I read just before bedtime to free my brain for sleep. I recommend this book for anyone that likes poetry or likes to read in general. I am giving this book a 5/5.
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