Marie A. Bailey had written a review of Our Wolves that looks at the autobiographical nature of some of the poems. This is what I love about poetry: how it can be specific and universal, as well as open to different interpretations. Read what she has to say here: https://1writeway.wordpress.com/2023/03/23/in-the-company-of-wolves-bookreview-poetrycommunity/
The wolf dressed up as Grandma:
A bookstagrammer, Books Parlour, has posted a review of Our Wolves as well:
35 responses to “Our Wolves Book Tour: 2 Lovely Reviews”
Thanks for sharing these reviews, Luanne. It’s fun and illuminating to read these reviewers’ insights.
Both reviews are great and well deserved.
Thank you very much, Anneli!
Wonderful review to repost. It definitely makes me want to read the book.
Thanks for stopping by, Jacqui!
Congratulations on the wonderful reviews! The doll looks like the type you can turn upside down to reveal another doll.
Thank you, Liz! Haha, it is one of those dolls. It’s Red herself on the other side!
Ah ha, I knew it!!!
Very very observant of you!
Thanks! I have all kinds of odd little tidbits hanging out in my brain.
Hehe. Isn’t it amazing? Do you ever watch Mastermind?
No, I don’t. I don’t think I’ve heard of it before.
It’s on Game Show TV, which is probably why. So fun!!!
That explains it. We don’t watch Game Show TV. (I don’t even know if we get it.)
YOu might not. It comes in a package. We don’t have Netflix on the main TV because the TV is too old, so we have a package.
After my husband canceled Netlix and Hulu, I’m not sure what we have except for Acorn TV and Tubi.
I don’t even know what Acorn TV and Tubi are! My husband likes to watch history shows and then BBC and Japanese news (made for English-speakers) and then we watch these game shows as we compete against each other and the TV. But he watches a lot more TV than I do.
Acorn TV features British shows and movies. Tubi has a little of this and a little of that. My husband watches a lot more TV than I do as well.
Congratulations on more excellent reviews
Thank you, Derrick!
Fabulous reviews, Luanne.The inspiration for the book sounds wonderfully creative, and I enjoy your poetry. Will you be adding this book to kindle? You convinced me to pick it up when it is. Congrats on the wonderful reviews.
Thank you so much, Diana. Much appreciated. Unfortunately, these small poetry presses don’t do kindle, so once you sign with them it’s off the table, at least for the meantime. I am starting to wonder what that means for the future. For instance, do I have the legal ability to take my first book, published in 2015, and republish it as a Kindle or is it tied up legally? I really don’t know. When I get some spare moments (or hours) I plan to start to look into that. It’s particularly important for non-US readers. For myself, I really prefer to read poetry in a book because twice now I’ve bought kindle poetry and then had to buy the books because the line breaks were weird, and I couldn’t see what the poems looked like. So at this point I buy kindle when the book itself is too expensive or published outside the US where I can’t easily order the book itself. Sorry for the longwinded response!
It’s worth investigating further, Luanne. My original publishing contract was for the electronic versions of my books, but it left me free to self-publish the print versions (sort of the opposite of your case). Take a look at your contracts. And I know what you mean about weird breaks in poetry books. They have to be very carefully formatted, so that the reading experience isn’t impacted. Best of luck getting your books out there to everyone. Your poetry deserves to be read.
Thank you, Diana. I intend to do that. Interesting how yours worked the other way around!
I think they saw ebooks as more lucrative, so that’s what they wanted to control. Best of luck.
Wow … I love that review by Books Parlour. Wish I had written it 😉 Seriously, I always feel so inept at writing reviews of poetry. That’s why I quote so much 😉
OMG, I feel like I should write a post about this. I love your review! And I love every review of my books. I want my books to appeal to people who read all genres and with all different backgrounds, etc. If all I wanted to read my book were poetry scholars, I would be zipped up into an office at the top of a tower, only going to poetry scholar meetings and harassing grad students. Each review means so much to me. And yours was unique in how it read the book through Scrap, etc., because you are in that position to do so. SO WOOT!!!!!!!
I do enjoy reading what others have found in reading this collection. Congrats on the reviews!
Thank you so much! I agree–I really like seeing all the different perspectives on the book!
These reviews you are receiving are so wonderful. You have definitely tapped into a hidden chord here. People are getting involved in the deeper meanings and really thinking this through.
I think adults are ready for new versions of the tales we grew up with because those stories have been stored in our brains all these years!
I was an early reader so whizzed past these pretty quickly, although Aesop and Hans Christian Anderson still stick. Then perhaps because I didn’t raise children fairy tales didn’t reinforce with me.
When my granddaughter would visit every school holidays she was stuck on Sleeping Beauty. I have no idea why.
Did you see any Disney cartoon movies when you were a kid? My first one was Sleeping Beauty. So I can’t get it out of my head either haha. I still love Hans Christian Anderson stories. I had a book of Grimm brothers tales that was in a load of books the school was getting rid of that my dad brought home. My parents didn’t know what was in the book until I started having nightmares from reading Bluebeard and The Juniper Tree. YOu probably never read them or you would never ever forget them.
We didn’t have television so that passed me by also. No TV was one of the reasons I was a good reader. On occasion my nine-years-older brother would take me to the cinema but it would be what he wanted to see (and me, too, for that matter). So, I got to see Spartacus when I was about eight (lots of gore there) and Dr Zhivago when I was eleven. Remember the scene where the nasty lawyer tells Lara there are “two kinds of women in the world, and you, my dear, are a s__t”?
Such an education I was getting 🙂
While I’m on that topic I saw “Interlude in Prague” yesterday, fictionally based on an episode in Mozart’s life, and the nasty Baron in that was pretty much Komarovski’s character redone, although the character’s purpose was to present the inspiration for Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
I don’t know what happened to my gorgeous, collected works of Anderson, and Grimm, but you’re right, I must never have read the Juniper Tree or Bluebeard. Strange, that…
I’m sure I’ve told you about my friend Kate Forsyth. She also has a doctorate in fairy tale retelling, and writes novels based on those themes. The Wild Girl is based on Wilhem Grimm’s wife Dortchen.
You can read more about Kate on Wikipedia. She is a delightful woman. I’m sure you two would find much to talk about