When I was in third grade my teacher, Miss Schiavo, suggested I keep a notebook of all the books I read. My father gave me one of his brown spiral cast offs with most the pages ripped out but there were just enough left to keep me happy.
In these notebooks (volume 1 and volume 2) I reinvented myself. Here I had the power to give a five star review to Harriet the Spy and yet the Oxford Book of Children's Verse received only three. For each entry I added title, author, number of pages read (!) and a capsule review, including stars. It was my first step into the world of book reviewing. Later in life I wrote reviews for the Eugene Weekly, and then Library Journal. In other words I have a deep respect and excitement surrounding book reviews.
I am especially grateful for this review of Cloud Pharmacy because of Elbe's emphasis on the slightly surreal in my work. It feels wildly good for a reader to see what's newly intended. Thank you so much to Susan Elbe for taking the time to read Cloud Pharmacy and then praise it, I couldn't have asked for more.
And for a couple of more days --- exactly two days --- White Pine Press is hosting a giveaway of Cloud Pharmacy at the Goodreads site. You can enter here.