Raj K Lal

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Girl Reading by Katie Ward
Girl Reading by Katie Ward
Katie Ward writes about seven portraits and artists, and the lives of seven girls and women reading, all living in seven different time periods between 1333 and 2060. Each world is different but so well created that I felt as though I was there, witnessing the lives of the characters created by the writer. There is a depth to the writing which brings worlds and people alive, makes them real and believable. There are clever, subtle links which tie the stories together. Yet each story feels like a short story. Each story is unique. When each story ends, you want there to be more, to know what happens next to the protagonist and sometimes also to some of the people around her.
There is a… Read more
After the Fear (Young Adult Dystopian) by Rosanne Rivers
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
In very few words, Rosanne Rivers conjures up a new dystopian world which is peopled by vivid characters. It is a dystopian world where debts have to be repaid; a world where city states are isolated and enclosed. It is a world governed by a few powerful Shepherds who control the lives of the powerless masses. Here, every move a person makes is traced, and some people strive for the power to achieve some level of control over their own lives and exert a hold over the lives of others, sometimes without considering the consequences.

In this world lives a teenaged girl called Sola, and at the beginning, her tribulations are barely a breath away. Too soon, Sola learns what it is like… Read more
Men & Women (Shorts) by Sophia Blackwell
Men & Women (Shorts) by Sophia Blackwell
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Men and Women is an eclectic mix of stories from a varied selection of writers. This makes for a mixed bag of writing styles which are used to tell tales of different aspects of the many-splendoured thing called love; in this case, gay and lesbian love. And the stories show that gay relationships are just as complicated as any other kind. They speak of love, of loss, of transgressions, of yearning for someone's touch, of bereavement, of celebration and sorrow, of marriage and honeymoons, and about loss of control. They also tell of a killer called AIDS which wreaks devastation both in those it kills and those left behind. Some of the stories also show the ignorance which still exists about… Read more