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AuthorHouse book review

Posted in Uncategorized on May 30, 2011 by alanburton09

Bloomington, IN, August 11, 2009— In “A Wayward Wizard’s Wistful Words,” author Alan Burton stimulates his readers’ minds by capturing numerous moments in time through witty quotes he has accumulated over the years. Burton compiled several short quotes that he shaped through his career as a writer thus far. These quotes span a plethora of topics and situations Burton encountered, touching on love, work, family and more.

 

Burton is no stranger to self-expression; he is a published poet, journalist, illustrator and now author. The inspiration for this book came from frequent, short notes Burton would jot down in his folders while working. These snippets portray lessons and thoughts about morals, knowledge, inspiration, chaos and many other life issues.

His quotes are short and simple but also thought-provoking, insightful and often humorous. “A Wayward Wizard’s Wistful Words” has something for everyone to enjoy, ponder or discuss. The topics of quotes are endless, and any page of this book is sure to stir up conversation. Burton freezes simple moments in life, adds his insight, and creates meaning through his passages.

“Success is determined by how much it cost you to attain it.”

“There are two important things in life: One is memory, and the other one I forgot.”

“After age forty, celebrating a birthday is an insult.”

“Aspiring for what one has not yet accomplished

Is the only true measure of self-worth.”

Paperback, 58

ISBN: 9781438945514

Retail Price: $8.40

“A Wayward Wizard’s Wistful Words” is available at barnesandnoble.com, authorhouse.com and amazon.com.

About the Author:

Alan Burton was born in Great Britain and moved to the United States in 1968. He is a published freelance journalist and columnist. His poetry and illustrations are also among his published work. His writing style is concise, simple and humorous leaving room for interpretation. He currently resides on the East Coast.

AuthorHouse is the premier book publisher for emerging, self-published authors. For more information, please visit http://www.authorhouse.com.

ForWord Review book review

Posted in Uncategorized on May 30, 2011 by alanburton09
ForeWord Reviews

 

From a Window or Two

Memoirs of a Distant Mind

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Clarion Review (4 Stars)

When a book cover pictures the author wearing an oversized paper-m&226;ché fish head readers can be assured that its contents will be amusing. From a Window or Two delivers a healthy portion of witty lively and self-deprecating writing but there are also some morose reflections and even despair-ridden poetry in this volume which shows the diversity of the writer.

The first part of the book “Fish Out of Water” contains the author’s vignettes about parenting the differences between men and women water skiing football the New Math and other gently humorous topics. Burton’s writing is full of staccato lines that usually end with a joke and show his bewilderment at many Americanisms even though the former Brit has lived in the U.S. for more than thirty years. These essays read easily as if the author were chatting with the reader at a backyard barbeque or driving around to yard sales and commiserating about warning signs (“Those who want to turn a profit on old TV Guides wear money belts”).

“Confessions of an After-School Teacher” follows next with the same breezy humorous tone and consists of humorous short pieces about the impossible task that Burton and his two colleagues face each day with their overexcited brood. One week they are told to organize a talent show for parental viewing; the next they must produce a puppet show. The author’s affection for his charges shines through his veneer of exasperation and the sketches are all very funny particularly his exaggerated description of kids’ winter gear and luggage. Parents will no doubt enjoy his summation of herding forty seven-year-olds on a field trip to the movies: “A vomit a movie and a mint.”

From this point Burton leads on with an increasingly darker series of writings. First up is a poetry/essay collection “The Misfits” about time spent in an alcoholic shelter. The tone gets bleaker with “Tales from Behind the Wall” about two weeks of court-mandated residence at a psychiatric hospital although Burton still manages wry commentary about mean matrons and the dangers of wearing hats. Finally the book concludes with “The Withering” and its compilation of poems about pain suicide disappointment alcoholic mothers and an alarming fantasy about smothering a whiny elderly woman at a diner in her plateful of eggs.

Burton is a compelling writer throughout these pieces. Despite the overuse of a few pet phrases (“you see” and “girding my loins” for example) and a few too many essays about his neatnik girlfriend he comes across as an interesting and engaging presence. His honesty in portraying all the facets of his life is admirable and interesting if sometimes harrowing in the later sections and prevents this otherwise diverse compilation of writing styles from rambling. As an autobiography this disparate collection shows both his amusing adventures and his troubles and therefore succeeds as a whole.

Rachel Jagareski
March 13, 2009

Book Information

Cover Art
From a Window or Two
Authors
Alan Burton
Burton Alan
Genre
Literary Collections
ISBN-13
978-1-4389-3083-1
Publication Date
Dec 1, 2008
Type of Binding
Softcover
Number of Pages
494
Price
$13.50