Many authors write short stories sporadically over the years, so sometimes these collections are simply put out once the author has written enough to fill a book. ‘The Pain Tree’ is different because you can tell the stories are carefully curated to evoke particular emotions in the reader; personally, I felt wonderment at reading them.
I would say to read this book. It may make you despair, but it may also make you think sensibly about your own future or the future of those you love.
But I’ll tell you it’s full of adventure: scandalous royal plots, romance, epic battles, religious warfare, family grudges, and bad ass women. #Fantasy
This is one of the most innovative and imaginative novels I have read in a very long time. Abandon yourself to the magic and dive right in. I can fairly confidently say you’ll never look at a bee in quite the same way again.
Hoffman works as a Private Investigator in Brooklyn, so aside from that being SUPER COOL it means he has seen a lot of what he is writing about — which lends an air of authenticity to this book as well.
Update: The Wire’s Dream Magazine 2nd Collection Submission Deadline: June 1st, 2017
Another aspect of this novel that I really enjoyed was the winter setting and atmosphere. Arden does a superb job of creating a visceral environment for the reader. I felt the cold when outdoors with the characters and I reveled in the warm firelight that they huddled around at night. #WomenWriters
She was known to be keen to show that right does not necessarily prevail and in fact justice is often not done. This book does both of these things cleverly. #WomenWriters
“Her snarky attitude is something I really liked as well — and the fact that she does naughty things, like steal a key chain from a young mom that irritates her.” #WomanWriters
This tightly written novel is fiction at its most simple and pure — a look into someone else’s life and the opportunity to walk in someone else’s shoes. #ShiftYourPerspective
I recommend the book on the radio to thousands of Calgarians without having read it yet. THAT’S HOW MUCH I LOVE ALAN BRADLEY’S BOOKS.
I believe that creativity will be the glue that binds us together and all of our beautiful differences. For this reason, I’m proud to say that The Wire’s Dream, released yesterday as the Journal’s first ever magazine publication, will uphold strong values for representation — it’s a direct extension of the Journal’s values and mission. | Now Accepting Creative Work For The Wire’s Dream
We may call our pets ridiculous things such as “Fluffy” but in this book they have regal names such as “Datura,” “Southpaw,” and “Aconite”. Clearly, we have been getting this naming thing all wrong as humans.
I believe this is the true gift of fiction; the ability to understand another person’s perspective by putting us into someone else’s shoes.