Official Review: The Sandpiper's Spell by Tom Pearson

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Re: Official Review: The Sandpiper's Spell by Tom Pearson

Post by JR Mercier » 04 Aug 2018, 05:18

Bonnie Shelby wrote:
03 Aug 2018, 09:07
You did a brilliant job bringing out the strengths and highlights of this book, but since I'm not a poetry reader, I think I'll pass. Thanks for your review though - I enjoyed reading it :)
Thank you for reading and commenting even though poetry isn't for you. :tiphat:
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Post by JR Mercier » 05 Aug 2018, 16:16

KarinaBordas wrote:
02 Aug 2018, 15:25
The Sandpiper's Spell seems to be a poetic catharsis of Tom Pearson's life! Your notation of the free verse mirroring the non-linear path is a unique and beautiful description of the poetry. I look forward to exploring this piece!
Usually I am not a poetry person but there was a kind of magic to this book that I absolutely loved. Hope you enjoy it too.
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Post by Noraine Alissa Poria » 18 Sep 2018, 13:49

I just want to appreciate the title first, it is so eye catching and intriguing. I have a feeling that some of the poems in this book are funny and wild, just like an innocent child. And maybe there are also those kind of poem that makes you weep, and grip your grandpa's armchair. But whatever kind poems, whatever theme, everything is written inside that book seems beautiful and relatable.

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Post by Lunastella » 06 Nov 2018, 19:34

I usually struggle with poetry in English, because it isn't my first language and there's something really hard to grasp about poetic expression in a second language for me.
However, your review is amazing and the book definitely seems interesting so I'll give it a try. You show an outstanding amount of cultural and literary knowledge in your comments and you wrote a very compelling review, even when poetry might be harder to review than novels.
The author's influences are very interesting. Thanks for an amazing review.

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Post by fernsmom » 06 Nov 2018, 23:32

Great review! Not my usual type of book to read, but it will be on my maybe shelf due to your positive remarks.

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Post by JR Mercier » 07 Nov 2018, 01:05

Noraine Alissa Poria wrote:
18 Sep 2018, 13:49
I just want to appreciate the title first, it is so eye catching and intriguing. I have a feeling that some of the poems in this book are funny and wild, just like an innocent child. And maybe there are also those kind of poem that makes you weep, and grip your grandpa's armchair. But whatever kind poems, whatever theme, everything is written inside that book seems beautiful and relatable.
You hit the nail right on the head. This is honestly such a great poetry book and it makes you FEEL. Thank you for such an insightful comment. :tiphat:
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Post by JR Mercier » 07 Nov 2018, 01:08

Lunastella wrote:
06 Nov 2018, 19:34
I usually struggle with poetry in English, because it isn't my first language and there's something really hard to grasp about poetic expression in a second language for me.
However, your review is amazing and the book definitely seems interesting so I'll give it a try. You show an outstanding amount of cultural and literary knowledge in your comments and you wrote a very compelling review, even when poetry might be harder to review than novels.
The author's influences are very interesting. Thanks for an amazing review.
Aww! You might be my favourite comment ever! That is honestly the best compliment. And I can't believe English isn't your first language! Your writing is flawless! THAT is literary knowledge. Thank you for such a wonderful comment. :tiphat: :oops:
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Post by JR Mercier » 07 Nov 2018, 01:09

fernsmom wrote:
06 Nov 2018, 23:32
Great review! Not my usual type of book to read, but it will be on my maybe shelf due to your positive remarks.
Thank you so much for trusting in my opinion and I hope you enjoy this one. :tiphat:
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Post by Shrabastee » 07 Nov 2018, 02:54

From your review, the book really seems to have covered diverse topics. I had always been a fan of poetry, but in recent years, I have read fewer and fewer poetry books. This one might rekindle my love. Thanks for the review!

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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 07 Nov 2018, 05:08

Sounds like a heart feel read. Poetry can be enjoyed to the heart's content if one knows the sweetness of life. Thank you for your detailed review!
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Post by LV2R » 08 Nov 2018, 21:29

JR Mercier wrote:
31 Jul 2018, 07:33
[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Sandpiper's Spell" by Tom Pearson.]

I loved the diversity in The Sandpiper’s Spell. Not only the setting or Tom Pearson’s heritage but the diversity in the poems. The mood, tone and theme shift, as well as the mix of Greek mythology and the poet’s life growing up, all lends to an immersive work that tugs at the reader's heartstrings. Most of the poem felt almost like a confessional or a journal entry which made it even more personal.
I am not one to really like reading poetry; however, you describe Pearson's poems as being very imaginative, descriptive, and personal. The mixture of his life and Greek mythology that "tugs at the reader's heartstrings" and the fact that the poem 'Creation' kept you transfixed and reading often, all makes me wonder about the poems.

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Post by Espie » 10 Nov 2018, 07:07

Winning a poetry writing contest in grade five was my first milestone in writing. However, that was just a matter of necessity and not necessarily a flair that warranted significant results thereafter. With its stellar review rating in mind, I've just placed this piece in my Want to Read list. Thank you for your review.
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