- Paperback: 356 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1.0.0 edition (9 Nov. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1492144037
- ISBN-13: 978-1492144038
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,601,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Seesaw - Volume II: 2 Paperback – 9 Nov 2013
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Top Customer Reviews
The stand out piece for me is 'My Granny Writes Erotica'. This is a wonderfully funny story of a granny needing to raise money and deciding her book can be published on kindle.
The first story 'A Stormy Afternoon in Falmouth Harbour' is edge of your seat stuff and makes you not want to put the book down.
The flash fiction pieces work well as they kind of follow on from each other and when you get to the next one you have to read it.
I'm not really a fan of Trolls, but this was readable in that you get the human version of the story in 'The Other Father' which is quite a powerful piece, then the Troll version which was interesting in a writing way to me rather than a troll story way.
Even if you've read one or two of the pieces of this anthology elsewhere, you get a lot of story for your money in this anthology.
I had already read and loved "Granny", so I was keen to experience other works by this author. I am very impressed, Rosen Trevithick has a great range with her writing, able to write an intense story about mental illness, followed by a silly story for children, and a laugh out loud adult comedy. I liked the way that the book was loosely linked together by short stories about one character in various stages of her life. I enjoyed each story in the collection and will continue to read more by this author. A great collection for anyone who likes variety.
I have already read and reviewed the two novellas - The Ice Marathon and My Granny Writes Erotica - which each represent the psychological drama and bawdy comedy that Rosen writes so well. But it's the other stories exclusive to Seesaw II which demonstrate her versatility in capturing a full spectrum of emotions.
A Stormy Afternoon in Falmouth Harbour is enough to make a hydrophobe of anyone. As someone with a lifelong fear of drowning, I read this in a state of anxiety, so well-drawn and gripping was the story.
The Other Father is a double-barrelled story, telling a tale of estranged fathers from two very different angles: one for adults, that touches of very current modern fears, and one for children, which includes the Smelly Trolls that have proven so popular with kids of all ages (and never-grown-ups!).
The five short episodes from one character's life that start with All Grown Up are beautifully crafted jewels, easily good enough be published all together as one excellent story. Each one captures a different time of life perfectly, with many laugh-out-loud observations that everyone will find sympathy with.
Finally, What Crazy Looks Like is heartfelt, humbling, courageous genius. After reading this, you'll think twice about laughing at 'mad' people ever again.
If you're someone who has preconceived notions that indie authors are anything less than professional or high quality, this excellent book will blow them out of the water. Rosen Trevithick shows us all how it's done.
The format follows a similar pattern to the first collection, there is a vareity of stories that predominantly feature relationships and mental health issues. On the face of it that might sound mundane, but the author's talent is to bring clarity and even some humour to these situations. They also do a great job of providing understanding of some of the mindset that people suffer, a good example of this was the text message story from a woman with OCD.
Two stories in particular stood out for me. The first was 'My Granny Writes Erotica', I'd read this as a standalone previously and it was just as funny reading through it again. This was comedy gold. The other was the opening story 'A Stormy Afternoon in Falmouth Harbour' which is a short drame that had my heart in my mouth for the duration.
The author's writing has developed since the first collection and this is readily apparent when reading, there is a greater level of polish here, but not so much that it loses the immediacy of the story. Overall this is an excellent collection of stories, well worth reading.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fabulous collection of novels, novellas and short stories from Rosen that will have you laughing out loud one minute, to crying the next. Read morePublished 12 months ago by NS Weir
Stuck in that 'rip current' of not sure what to read? Well, look no further, stick Rosen's Seesaw Volume II on your tablet and you've got something for all the family. Read morePublished on 21 Nov. 2014 by IanMackintosh