Official Review: The Dicer's Cup by Bill Christophersen

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Official Review: The Dicer's Cup by Bill Christophersen

Post by Mercy Bolo » 19 Dec 2017, 15:29

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Dicer's Cup" by Bill Christophersen.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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The Dicer's cup by Bill Christophersen is a reflective autobiography written in seamless and captivating poetry. The poems delve into various aspects of the author's life, mainly his childhood life, his transition into adulthood, his music career and his family and friends. It is the second poetry book by the author and reading it was a pleasure.

The book is divided into three sections with each section reflecting the author's state of mind in regard to his situation at that particular moment. The poems are a rollercoaster of emotion and I found myself laughing from the generous humour, feeling sad and occasionally caught up in the suspense.

From what I read, Christophersen is very gifted and describing his work as colorful is an understatement. This is not an easy read though. It is thought provoking and contains phrases that a mind of average comprehension capacity will have difficulty deciphering. I often had to read many of the poems more than once in order to realize the deeper meaning behind the text. The writing style used is free verse and I would like to imagine that this is in tune with the author's free spirit.

What I liked most was a poem in which the author likens his childhood to that of Jesus. This is done beautifully in a humorous and non offensive way. There are also several other biblical allusions used. Readers who are not familiar with biblical teachings might have trouble with this. The author is also a bluegrass fiddle player and this part of his life is very prominent in his poems.

The themes of change, friendship, family life, resilience and personal loss are covered. It is refreshing that these are based on the author's personal experiences therefore adding an air of authenticity to his work. The individual poems vary in length from just a few lines to more than one page long. This diversity is well presented and for any given poem, it didn't feel like there was too much information or something missing.

The only downside is that I encountered a few grammatical errors. Though not many, they left me wondering how such a well written piece of work could contain errors. There is also extra indentation on on almost every page. These could be reconciled with a round of editing. Were it not for this minor setback, I would have given the book a perfect score but I will have to rate it 3 out of 4 stars. This is a book I would recommend to anyone who desires an intellectually stimulating read.

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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 21 Dec 2017, 00:40

Interesting! Biography, roller coaster ride in emotions, a chronicle about his life, no wonder it is a great book.
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Post by Mercy Bolo » 21 Dec 2017, 04:02

Sahani Nimandra wrote:
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Interesting! Biography, roller coaster ride in emotions, a chronicle about his life, no wonder it is a great book.
It's amazing. I'm glad I read it.
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Post by kandscreeley » 21 Dec 2017, 09:33

I like that it's a book of poetry on his life. I think that would be awesome to write a memoir using poetry. Thanks for the review.
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Post by Mercy Bolo » 21 Dec 2017, 15:44

kandscreeley wrote:
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I like that it's a book of poetry on his life. I think that would be awesome to write a memoir using poetry. Thanks for the review.
Thank you. I enjoyed the unique concept.
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Post by pinklover » 25 Dec 2017, 06:03

this book sounds good because I feel it in your review. I want to try reading this one. You have written a great review.
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I love every single thing that is stimulating to me. This is the type of book that I would like to move to my TBR list.
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Post by Miriam Molina » 27 Dec 2017, 16:05

An autobiography in verse is something really unique. I can just imagine the vivid images the author was able to create.

I am intrigued by the cover (abstract art for me) and the use of the word dicer (a vegetable cutter?) in the title. Does the book offer an explanation?

Thanks for the colorful review, Mercy Bolo!

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Post by Mercy Bolo » 28 Dec 2017, 11:01

pinklover wrote:
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this book sounds good because I feel it in your review. I want to try reading this one. You have written a great review.
Thank you for your feedback. I really enjoyed the book.
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ParadoxicalWoman wrote:
27 Dec 2017, 08:41
I love every single thing that is stimulating to me. This is the type of book that I would like to move to my TBR list.
Please do so. You will be glad to find some interesting quotes in there.
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Post by Mercy Bolo » 28 Dec 2017, 11:05

Miriam Molina wrote:
27 Dec 2017, 16:05
An autobiography in verse is something really unique. I can just imagine the vivid images the author was able to create.

I am intrigued by the cover (abstract art for me) and the use of the word dicer (a vegetable cutter?) in the title. Does the book offer an explanation?

Thanks for the colorful review, Mercy Bolo!
I didn't see any explanation about the title. I'm still wondering what the author meant.
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Post by ReyvrexQuestor Reyes » 29 Dec 2017, 09:55

I must admit, I am drawn towards poetry, or shall I say to be precise that I am prejudiced towards rhymed poems. From what I read in the review, the poems are reflective of the free spirit of the author, and that necessarily conjures the poems in free verse. But that would not deter me from appreciating the sentiments of the poems. Thanks for this interesting and comprehensive review.
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Post by Sarah Tariq » 02 Jan 2018, 10:35

The book sounds good and your review is great. I like drama and poetry genre. Feel free to check my reviews.
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Post by Mercy Bolo » 04 Jan 2018, 14:20

ReyvrexQuestor Reyes wrote:
29 Dec 2017, 09:55
I must admit, I am drawn towards poetry, or shall I say to be precise that I am prejudiced towards rhymed poems. From what I read in the review, the poems are reflective of the free spirit of the author, and that necessarily conjures the poems in free verse. But that would not deter me from appreciating the sentiments of the poems. Thanks for this interesting and comprehensive review.
Thank you for your feedback. Because you are prejudiced towards rhymed poems, you will definitely find comfort in this book.
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Post by Mercy Bolo » 04 Jan 2018, 14:22

Sarah Tariq wrote:
02 Jan 2018, 10:35
The book sounds good and your review is great. I like drama and poetry genre. Feel free to check my reviews.
Thank you. I'll check them out.
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