Monday, May 9, 2016

Book Review: The Dreadful Fate of Jonathan York by Kory Merritt

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It's the home stretch readers! TBF is THIS WEEKEND and I'm so excited!

This is going to be one of the last couple book reviews. Today I'm writing about The Dreadful Fate of Jonathan York by Kory Merritt. I'm hard pressed to describe it as one particular genre; I've never read anything like it before, and the medium and story telling are unique and enjoyable. If I had to describe it in three words/phrases, I would call it quirky, artistic and thought provoking.

The story opens when Jonathan York, a boring, simple man with a boring simple life, gets lost in a swamp that is anything but boring and simple. His terrifying adventure has one hope of reprieve: he finds an inn in the middle of the swamp, and if he can tell the innkeeper a story, he will be granted a room to stay the night. Sounds easy right? Until you take into account that Jonathan has no stories to tell and fears public speaking! So his adventure resumes when the innkeeper kicks him out and he faces the swamp to make a story right then and there, and boy is it an interesting one.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone of the street, really, because it appeals to a lot of different age groups and demographics. It touches on a few pieces of wisdom that we learn through life, with humor and candor, rhyme and rhythm. It's also short 'n' sweet and has very interesting art and storytelling. I'd almost like to say it's like a darker version of The Little Prince (with a little more art involved and a more relatable protagnist) in that anyone can read it, understand it, and enjoy it. It's also a great one to read the week just before TBF because it's so quick, so if you get a chance, pick up a copy! Happy Reading!


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