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New On The Shelf At Fiction Books This Week

Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week.

Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday, is currently ‘on tour’ and being hosted by a different blogger each month.

Your host for May 2013 is: Abi over at ‘4 The Love Of Books’

So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for Abi, after all, we all like to receive them!

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

This week, another of those ‘nice’ surprise e-mails, direct from the author and introducing me to yet another new genre to explore, that of ‘Poetic Fiction’. I am still busy grappling with the poetic terms which Lance declares to have used in the writing of this book, so I am certain that this is going to be a story which is going to demand my full concentration when reading. I love a good challenge and if the poetry which Lance has written and published on his blog is anything to go by, I am definitely not going to be disappointed.

NB. Some of the words in the book’s synopsis are unspaced, this is how they were written by the author and are an integral and intentional element of the story.

AND THE SOFT WIND BLOWS

Timmy Enosh is a peculiar, small man: fivethree, onehundredandfifteen pounds, and is a pharmacist in Ashton City, Tennessee. He finds himself at fortythreeyearsold as his life starts to fall apart: his threehundred pound wife disappears, his romantic interest has lost interest and has gained hatred toward him, his coworkers harass him, customers verbally assault him, and he has the strange urge to adopt his foulmouthed, eighteenyearold coworker, Alex. When things start to pile up, Timmy must find a way to deal: he turns to Alex to supply him with marijuana, starts sewing an elaborate Mr. Mistoffelees costume, finds solace in the wild, etc., etc., etc. And the soft, constant wind of change blows him on, on, and on.

LANCE UMENHOFER

Image of author Lance UmenhoferLance Umenhofer lives in Nashville, TN.  He is twenty three years old and graduated from Belmont University (Nashville, TN) in May of 2012 with an English degree.

Lance, started writing song lyrics long before he ever moved to poetry, let alone fiction. Like many young teenagers of his generation, he dreamed of being a rockstar most of the way through high school, but something happened along the way. He found that he started to enjoy writing the lyrics to songs much more than writing the music to them, and then one day he had the epiphany that he could just write poetry instead, since song lyrics were poetry already anyway.

He was just a poet for quite some time, until college, when he decided to write a series of interconnected short stories that soon turned into a full-length novel. And now, he considers himself mostly a fiction writer that still dabbles in poetry every chance he gets.

‘And the Soft Wind Blows’ is written in what Lance refers to as: “Poetic Fiction,” which combines elements of poetry into a prose narrative.  He uses : anaphora, rhyme, slant rhyme, alliteration, repetition,  among other poetic attributes.

It’s funny how little is planned when I sit down to write. I imagine most authors having notebooks, maybe multiple, of ideas and plot points and character sheets for their novels, and when they sit down to write, they compile all of their ideas into paragraph form, having every intention to make their ways to the final climaxes planned out months, maybe years before.

But, through the years, it’s seemed that the more and more I plan out a piece or have a vivid picture of where the story is going or who the characters are, the more and more I stray from it. I do not like to write within constrictions, even if the constrictions are made by myself. For instance, in And the Soft Wind Blows, I wanted Roxie to be Timmy’s saving grace. Without giving too much away, I wanted Timmy to take Roxie in his arms, swing her back, and tell her it would all be O.K., to run away with him to California and start a new life, fresh, with unlimited potential, but it does not turn out to be so.

There’s something about the infinite opportunity of the blinking, black cursor that totally enthralls me. I stare at it and consider my options, though most times the words take over, and I am left without a say as to which direction the story goes. My words come out of me as if I were only but an intermediary between their will and their lives on the page. As I type away, my notebook lies untouched to my side, and I find myself going through it and crossing out things and rewriting other things to make them fit into the parameters I’ve set through the fervent onset of words filling up my screen. This onset, combatting the enveloping shroud of infinity, continues until I feel with every ounce of me to stop, and let it sit, and let the story be complete.

I can’t wait to discover all your own great new finds this week … so please stop by and share your link

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Yvonne

I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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20 comments
    • Hi,

      Thank you so much for deciding to stop by Fiction Books this week. I love ‘meeting’ new people, so your visits will always be welcome and your comments always appreciated.

      This book is taking me into totally unchartered waters, as far as my reading habits are concerned, so I need to approach it with a completely open mind to all its possibilities.

  • This ‘Poetic Fiction’ sounds intriguing. I like the idea of the words for the story coming from the author onto the keyboard almost without him having control over them.
    Enjoy your Sunday Yvonne 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      If you want to read some examples of Lance’s pure poetry, then there are lots to choose from on his site, they really are very good.

      The concept of combining some of the poetry writing techniques into a novel though, is one which I can’t envisage, so I am sure that the reading experience is going to be something totally different for me and one which I am looking forward to trying.

      Enjoy your extended weekend, we too have the extra day here in the UK and so far we have had three straight days of pleasant sunny weather!!

    • Hi Laura,

      Now I am really intrigued, as you didn’t mention whether it was a good experience or not, interesting and unique can be interpreted either way!

      The only real reservation I may have, is the way in which Lance tends to join his words together, particularly those which would traditionally be separated by hyphens. I am just hoping that I am able to get used to this phenomenon quickly, as it quite a short story and I don’t want to get so bogged down with understanding the prose, that I am not fully able to appreciate the storyline.

      Thanks for stopping by, your comment, as always, is much appreciated and valued.

    • Hi Kristen,

      I hadn’t come across the concept of poetic fiction until Lance contacted me, so this book is certainly venturing into a whole new reading genre and concept in writing for me.

      At 156 pages, I guess that many would decribe this as more of a ‘novella’, which makes it much more digestible for a first taste of the style.

      For me, it will also put to the test Lance’s story building abilities, as I like a story to have a good beginning, a solid central narrative and a strong definitive ending and to achieve all that in a short story, can be so difficult.

      I am really looking forward to reading this one!

    • Hi Holly,

      I am really hoping that this one works for me, as I thoroughly enjoyed browsing through some of Lance’s pure poetry, which you can follow on the blog pages of his site.

      I suspect that it is going to be very much a case of either ‘loving’ or ‘hating’ the concept of mixing poetry and novel writing together and I am very intrigued by the entire process.

      Thanks for stopping by and for the much appreciated comment. I hope that you have a good week.

    • Hi Mystica,

      Thanks and I hope that your week is good also.

      We have an extra public holiday today and so far the entire weekend has been beautifully warm and sunny, so we have been out and about quite a lot.

      Today we are at home, catching up on some chores and the weather is supposed to break and be wet and windy tomorrow, ready for the start of the new working week!!

      Thanks for stopping by.

  • It sounds like the book has to the potential to be funny or really sad. I find it interesting that the author graduated from Belmont last year – I know someone else who did and now I’m wondering if they know each other.

    • Hi Kathy,

      Sad, funny, or really disturbing, this book has the potential for any one, or all three of those scenarios.

      Someone who smokes Marijuana and then starts to sew himself ‘cat’ suits, certainly isn’t conventional anyway!! Combine that with the eccentric personal life which he seems to have, and anything is liable to happen!!

      It would be something of a coincidence if you knew of Lance in a roundabout kind of way, wouldn’t it? It would also be interesting to see just how the person you know, has gone on to use their degree to its best advantage. Lance obviously takes his writing and poetry very seriously.

      Thanks for stopping by, your visits and comments are always appreciated.

  • Fascinated by this post as I’ve also been approached by the author. Not having read anything like this before I was dubious but after having corresponded with Lance several times I was convinced to give it a try.

    • Hi Tracy,

      I have to admit that I needed to think long and hard before accepting Lance’s invitation to read and review, as this is well outside my usual sphere of reading.

      Although the book is still well down my review pile, so you will probably get to it long before me, I am determined to give such a unique premise, a fair hearing.

      I shall look out for your review with interest, as the comments and reviews I have checked out so far, seem be very mixed.

      Hope that you are enjoying the extended weekend. Saturday and Sunday were beautiful and although today is still sunny, it is very chilly in the strong wind that has picked up.

      Thanks for leaving a comment.

    • Hi Gautami,

      I am hoping that poetic fiction is going to be a new genre for me to be adding to my future reading list.

      The synopsis sounds as though Timmy’s life is sad, emotional, tragic and at the same time strangely funny in a comedic way, so I am really hoping for some lighter, fun moments along the way.

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your week.

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      This is definitely a book unlike any that I have read before.

      I am not a huge poetry fan, although I do dip into the poetry books which I have on my shelves, from time to time. However, the concept of mixing certain aspects of poetry together with the traditional storyline of a novel, sounds unique and intriguing.

      Lance’s stand-alone poetry is really rather good, so if his storytelling abilities are present in equal quantities, then we may just have something which is rather special.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you have enjoyed the same extended weekend as we have had over here in the UK.

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