Friday, July 17, 2015

#162 : Sewing Can Be Dangerous And Other Small Threads by S.R. Mallery : Review

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GENRE: Fiction Short Story Collection

NUMBER OF PAGES: 276

FORMAT: Digital

SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as part of NjKinny’s blog tours. Thanks a lot!

REVIEW:

A short story collection centering sewing as the theme yet under the genres of romance, mystery, thriller and political events - this whole concept of simply unimaginable to me. Moreover, the title by it is rather intriguing – how on the earth can sewing be dangerous - Unless of course, the writer decided to refer some other activity metaphorically as sewing. The cover simply amplified my curiosity for it was a patchwork quilt of images. I really had to pick up this book.

Needless to say, the book really didn’t disappoint me. All the eleven short stories were equally just brilliant. The writer, S R Mallery, has simply given the art of sewing a totally new dimension. Can you imagine a patchwork quilt serving as a map of codes for liberating Negro slaves? Can you even think of patchwork quilt being used to smuggle forged German passports for Jewish nationals? This writer did just that in her stories. Each and every story dealt with different types of characters ranging from a newlywed woman trying to make her husband happy to differently abled yet talented slave escaping from her master’s clutches. Each and every story was of a different genre namely – paranormal, historical, political, romance, mystery. This made the book a complete package. Though the writer has used the most common historical scenarios like the Salem witch trial, The Holocaust, American Dark Age of Slavery, she has present all of them in an entirely different perspective. She simply integrated sewing with all the above historical events in a brilliant manner and the result – a never thought of short story!

The writing was crisp and perfect with adequate importance given to the history or the genre in question. The characterization obviously was spot on and very much apt for a short story collection. But the highlight of the book would be the emotions. I experienced all emotions that each character emoted in the story – be is happiness or a sense of determination or agony. This is the handwork of brilliant writing!

MY SAY: A Must read collection of short stories.

RATING:

PLOT : 9/10

NARRATION: 9/10

CHARACTERISATION: 9/10

BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 0/10 (the lower the better and book wasn’t one bit boring)

OVERALL RATING: 9/10




















Tour Schedule


Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour of Sewing Can Be Dangerous And Other Small Threads by S.R Mallery. This is a collection of 11 short stories. Featuring stories from genres like mystery, history, romance and action, this anthology has been highly rated by readers all over the world and has 4.8 out of 5 rating on Goodreads. 







And I am so excited to share this book on my blog today. Also, Sewing Can Be Dangerous And Other Small Threads by S.R Mallery is only 99c/Rs. 63 from a limited time! 







~About the Book~







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Title and Author: Sewing Can Be Dangerous And Other Small Threads by S.R Mallery
No. of Pages: 276
Publication Date: December 2013
Genre: Historical Fiction, Anthology, Short Stories, Romance, Mystery, Action


Blurb:

The eleven long short stories in "Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads" combine history, mystery, action and/or romance, and range from drug trafficking using Guatemalan hand-woven wallets, to an Antebellum U.S. slave using codes in her quilts as a message system to freedom; from an ex-journalist and her Hopi Indian maid solving a cold case together involving Katchina spirits, to a couple hiding Christian passports in a comforter in Nazi Germany; from a wedding quilt curse dating back to the Salem Witchcraft Trials, to a mystery involving a young seamstress in the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire; from a 1980’s Romeo and Juliet romance between a rising Wall Street financial ‘star’ and an eclectic fiber artist, to a Haight-Asbury love affair between a professor and a beautiful macramé artist gone horribly askew, just to name a few.


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~Excerpt~








An Excerpt from Sewing Can Be Dangerous & Other Small Threads







From A Drunkard’s Path







 â€œ....Are you kidding me?” Deborah exploded. “My life is falling apart! C’mon, curses don’t really happen, do they? I mean, what can I do? You tell me now!” She segued into a screech.



“Come over to my place tomorrow and I’ll try to relate it all to you, I promise…”







….“Do you know anything about the Salem Witchcraft trials?” The older woman leaned in toward her niece, as if casting a spell herself.



“No, not much, why?”



“You remember Martha Stinson from my quilt group? Well after the wedding, she showed me a journal written by a relative of hers and frankly, I am very concerned about you. It seems one of the accused witches from the original Salem trials might have actually had a connection with a real witch, an ancestor of Martha’s…”







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Inside the packed meetinghouse, dust particles from mud-caked boots floated throughout the air, rendering it dense, murky. That year, April had been an unkind month to Salem Village. Rain-drenched meadows produced a sludge that clung to the edges of women’s dresses, creating odors so foul that in such tight quarters, it became difficult to breathe. But people weren’t concerned with such matters on this day. They had gathered for a higher purpose: the Devil was in Salem, and they wished him thwarted at all costs. Even the constant threat of Indian attacks and surviving harsh winters paled in comparison to what was happening now, in that room, swelling with apprehension.



Crammed into high-walled pews, dark wooden benches, or simply shoved up against walls, spectators filled every conceivable space in the meetinghouse. Donning black hats, cloaks, and breeches, the men angled forward, their eyes boring holes into the five men sitting up front, yet it was the women who carried the greatest burden that day; their hooded coats and muffs covering their recently unkempt hair and unwashed fingernails, couldn’t disguise the uncertainty they felt about their community’s loyalty to them and how it would all end.



Sitting at the head of the counsel table, amongst other magistrates in the newly appointed Court of Oyer and Terminer, John Hathorne and Jonathan Corwin quietly conferred with each other before beginning their first round of questioning. Arrogant, self-important, the black-robed magistrates assumed their positions on the political totem pole, and having been brought to Salem for such a specific purpose, they dared not disappoint. They were on a mission to deliver souls. Hathorne, displaying the greatest exhibition of self-aggrandizement, seemed the most severe. With no real legal experience, and having only glanced at Sir Mathew Hale’s Trial of Witches, and Joseph Granvill’s Collection of Sundry Trials in England, Ireland the week before, he nonetheless believed he was more than competent to interrogate the accused.



At the front of the room facing the magistrates, sat all the accusers, the “afflicted” girls: Abigail Williams, her cousin Betty Parris, Ann Putnam, Sarah Bibber, Sarah Churchill, Elizabeth Booth, Mercy Lewis, Susanna Sheldon, Jemima Rea, Mary Warren, Mary Walcott and Elizabeth Hubbard. With downcast eyes and folded hands, they appeared demure; inwardly they were experiencing emotions quite different from anything they had ever known. Childhoods stocked with adult repression and fear now served as a springboard to the frenzy of accusations they had created, because on this day, along with their catharsis and even exhilaration, came the most important emotion of all: a sense of empowerment. At last, they were getting adults to listen to them, and it was intoxicating.



John Hathorne commenced with the proceedings. “Bring in the accused, Bridget Bishop….” 








~Buying Links~







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~Meet the Author~









S.R. Mallery has worn various hats in her life. First, a classical/pop singer/composer, she moved on to the professional world of production art and calligraphy.?Next came a long career as an award winning quilt artist/teacher and an ESL/Reading instructor. Her short stories have been published in descant 2008, Snowy Egret, Transcendent Visions, The Storyteller, and Down In the Dirt.






Website/Blog:  www.srmallery.com



Twitter:  @SarahMallery1







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7 comments:

  1. Nikita (Njkinny)July 17, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Thanks for hosting! :)

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  2. Sarah (S.R.) MalleryJuly 17, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Thank you SO much for the lovely review of my SEWING CAN BE DANGEROUS stories. You made my day! I also appreciate your featuring an excerpt!

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  3. Pleasure all mine :-)

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  4. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your book!

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  5. Such a lovely review of an equally lovely author!

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  6. Thanks PCZick! Lovely author indeed! :-D

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  7. Sarah (S.R.) MalleryJuly 18, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Thank you, Shree AND Pat!!

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