To start, I had a free copy of this story to read. I am a college student so this view will be pretty outside of the normal audience. I didn’t read any summary or anything before starting at page one.
I almost gave up on the story. A focus on family, a small town, and 20th century trucks and farms? How can I relate to that when I lived in the technological 21st century?
Thankfully I took a blind shot and skipped a third into the story, which let me know that the book had more to offer. I’d say the largest barrier of the story is getting past the old-fashioned feeling it creates. It is very 20th century country style, and it could turn you off.
Without spoiling, the story has a heavy dose of attractive mystery and I went on to skim [well in college it counts as read] and I got caught in the plot after some more time. The characters are distinctive and interesting, the chapters are thankfully built in bite sized portions and I really genuinely got invested and curious into the characters and story.
The book doesn’t feel very deep nor does it try to be, so I’d say if you grew up in anything less than a suburb and fancy a read that is legit interesting, this story does have merit and I’m wondering if a sequel will work on what this story had. Oh what possibilities it could have had! XP
by Philip Yang

In another era, this novella would be called a bathroom book. The sections are short enough to finish in a sitting. (Pun intended.)

It is a series of events concerning three other world visitors. Well, not really visitors. More like tourists. People from Europe who’ve used RosettaStone for two weeks and know the words, but not the subtle idioms and slang of the West Coast.

The inhabitants of the very small coastal town of Seaview are colorful. The visitors affect the locals in a most unusual manner.

The style is not classical. Descriptions do not appear in clumps. More in dribbles and bits which are refreshing and don’t overload the reader with a huge info-dump.

The dialogue of this first person narrative smoothly carries the story forward. The aliens coming to a sleepy west coast town did not come to conquer or destroy. Rather, their goal was to give and take.

In short ~ “Summer of the Flying Sauce,” is a good read and worth buying.

by Robert Emmett


When I was kid, living in Europe, the only way for me to survive childhood was immersing myself in novels that took me far, faraway, in lands I didn’t know, where people ate food I could only dream of. Now that I live in North America, I don’t need to escape anymore, yet the first chapters of Murray Suid’s novella revived the same fond memories. I plunged into the world of a mythical America, with it’s diner, whacky gramps, tough father, the longing for fantasy, the aching pleasure of a first love, and the dream of leaving your hometown in search of new horizons.

The incursion of a smart phone brought me back to the now, so did the evolution of the feuding families. I was quite taken by the surprise end twist.

In conclusion, for those young people who still feed their imagination with stories and myth this could be a fun addition to their education. Its lesson could make a good subject for analysis in class.

by Babak Kaboli & Annie Macdonald



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