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The Hero of Blind Pig Island and Other Island Stories (English Edition) di [Olsen, Jimmy ]
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This collection of island stories carries the reader from daring adventures beneath the Caribbean Sea to tense conflict on a deserted island near the Canadian border. Love stories and private eyes, a boy living on a lonely salt cay and a girl's dream of freedom at sea, hurricanes and heroes -- all told with humor ad the insight that comes from firsthand experience.

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  • Editore: Hoffman House Press (21 dicembre 2012)
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4.0 su 5 stelle In the story “Reservado” a mother sneaks away to meet a secret love that her family hasn’t known about for years 25 luglio 2016
Di Sharon C. Williams - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle
My book review for today is “The Hero of Blind Pig Island and Other Island Stories” by Jimmy Olsen. This falls in the genre of anthology which has diversified topics.

This book contains 12 short stories. In the story “Reservado” a mother sneaks away to meet a secret love that her family hasn’t known about for years. You see how this woman loves and has loved this one man. In “Denise” we read about a young woman learning how to scuba dive to becoming an instructor herself as she goes where she can find work, not much as a care in the world, doing what she loves. How her teacher is fascinated with her from beginning to end drawn in by her personality.

The stories go on,varying in length and carry you from little boy on a salt island to hurricanes. The book will take you on adventures especially if you are not one who has venture far from home.

What I really like about this is it is an anthology. You can read a few stories, read more than that, and put it down for a while. When you return you start fresh with a new story. Perfect for reading while in line, on vacation or on a plane.

This was a good read

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review
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5.0 su 5 stelle Excellent Anthology 22 settembre 2014
Di Phil Bolos - Pubblicato su
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As a native of the Great Lakes region of the United States, I was slightly uninterested when Jimmy Olsen asked me to read his anthology, The Hero of Blind Pig Island and Other Island Stories. My first reactions was to think, “Island stories? This has to be all about the Caribbean and tropical islands and I don’t know anything about that.” But, as I started to read the stories I found that Jimmy had a few very interested tricks (ie. Tales) up his writer’s sleeve. The anthology takes the reader through the Caribbean, by land and by sea, and to the Great Lakes of Canada and the US. The descriptions of the environments, both above and below water, highlights Jimmy’s vast experience as a scuba diver and instructor. This accompanied by interesting and emotional characters makes for a variety of engaging reading. While all of Jimmy’s stories are worthy of discussion, this reviewer found three to be of exceptional quality: Party Girl, Denise, and The Hero of Blind Pig Island.
Party Girl invites the reader to attend a party for teachers working in a tropical paradise. While the veteran teachers take bets on how long the new hires will last before being overwhelmed by the stress of the job, all in attendance drink an alcoholic punch with the main ingredient being pear juice because it hides the alcohol. Being a teacher myself and knowing what happens when groups of teachers overindulge I was greatly amused as the main character and his wife are forced to look out for a young woman who dove a little too deep into the punch bowl. What follows is a funny, yet realistic, night of partying where the main character makes his way around town with the passed out girl over his shoulders, keeping her safe from the relentless hordes of intoxicated men looking for an easy score.
While Party Girl is lighthearted and fun the next story, Denise, lands on the opposite side of the spectrum. Denise is a college girl when we first meet her, working her way through an introductory scuba class. Told in first person, Jimmy shows us how Denise comes in and out of his life, slowly progressive from a novice to expert and eventually surpassing Jimmy as a diver. The reader grows to love Denise and cheer her on when she leaves Minnesota and begins diving in Florida. But, just when the story appears to be reaching its highpoint, we learn the tragic ending. While the story is short, it is emotional and possibly the most powerful in the book.
Falling in the middle of these two tales is The Hero of Blind Pig Island. A grandpa has taken his grandson on a fishing and snorkeling trip to Blind Pig Island. It seems like a fun day of relaxation until a charter boat comes nearby and demands the old man and boy give up their small bay for the larger houseboat. While the boy is nervous, the old man is steel and proceeds to teach the intruders and his grandson a lesson in patience and dignity. In the end, the boy would learn how to be a courageous and good man by following his grandfather’s example.
As I stated earlier, I thought I would be unable to connect to these unique water based tales. I found I couldn’t have been more wrong. Jimmy writes with passion and clarity, humor and emotion. I highly recommend this anthology to lovers of short stories and anyone willing to take a chance on a new writer. Well done, Jimmy. I look forward to your next offering.
- Phil Bolos, Author of Fiend The Manifestation
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5.0 su 5 stelle Island Living 8 agosto 2013
Di Jbarr5 - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile
The Hero of Blind Pig Island by Jimmy Olsen
What attracted me to this book is the water and I live on an island and you have a choice of 3 bridges to get to the mainland. Off the coast is a smaller island where I spent many a summer and weekends year round that has dirt roads and no real stores.
I liked most of the short stories as they are so diverse. The ones I had a real bond to are: Denise who over the years has challenged herself to succeed as a diver instructor and her teacher and her meet on many lands. I loved that this book took me to new places, being blind I may never visit them. I was able to learn new things-mostly about diving and you know the author is telling his life stories in this book-the details are so precise.
The Hurricane Georges Journal was another one I have a strong bond to as I've lived through many a hurricane here on the east coast of the US. Interesting to see that they have party during the storm where we usually have them after-no power so we use our grills to cook up the food in the freezer and share with the neighbors. SPAM-nothing else needs to be said about this.
Really loved the fact that the stories were NOT from the exact same island and to me they were an adventure to a land undiscovered by me. Details are so very descriptive-I felt like I was there.
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
5.0 su 5 stelle Olsen spins some great tales! 4 ottobre 2016
Di Charity Rowell-Stansbury - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile
I received a free print copy in exchange for an honest review.

This highly entertaining anthology of short stories will transport readers to exotic locations where they will encounter underwater adventures, romance, and exploits and conflicts at sea.

Some of the stories are humorous; for instance, in "Revenge of the Schoolmasters" when a group of students vandalizes teachers' homes, a couple of teachers decide to give them their comeuppance. Other stories have tragic endings; in "Denise" and "Wet Passage," diving accidents take the lives of experienced divers. Finally, a few stories are thought-provoking like "The Missionaries;" a short story about a couple of missionaries who visit an American expatriate to reminisce about life in the U.S.

While each story is unique, they all provide insights into island life in a narrative that makes the book seem like a compelling compilation of non-fiction stories. With an eye for interesting details and the ability to spin a tale, Olsen plays the guide as readers explore vibrant and exotic locations from the comfort of their homes. Even if you read nothing else by Jimmy Olsen, this is the book that you absolutely must have!
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5.0 su 5 stelle Book Review: "The Hero of Blind Pig Island ..." (Jimmy Olsen) 29 ottobre 2014
Di Eleanore T. - Pubblicato su
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Short story collections rarely seem to receive attention, let alone accolades, in the literary community these days. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that many readers remember being force-fed short stories (Hawthorne, Poe, Chandler, all of whom wrote or write brilliantly) during grade school English classes and just can't bring themselves to pick up another now, as adults.

That's a tremendous shame, because such readers will assuredly miss excellent contemporary works by talented authors.

A fantastic story collection by an equally gifted author is <i>The Hero of Blind Pig Island and Other Island Stories</i> by Jimmy Olsen.

Olsen offers twelve short stories, including the award-winning "Wormwood," each with some connection to water or ocean or the Caribbean islands threading them together in a well-planned compilation. Genres represented range from romance to suspense, many with well-researched cultural contexts, such as "Sea Salt," about a young boy whose elderly mentor works to prize salt crystals from evaporated ocean water.

The stories also represent a wide continuum of tones and voices, some more serious and weighty than others, but most with either outright humor or an undercurrent of wry wit. "Party Girl," for instance, the first short in the collection, takes a tone of dry wit toward its contents but ends more poignantly than might be expected, according to Olsen's masterful writing style.

On the other hand, "Wet Passage," one of the weightier stories, has glances of humor, but its tone is decidedly opposite that of "Party Girl" --- far more focused, serious, and even darkly ironic.

Olsen's style vacillates from simple and straightforward, as in the short story "Denise," about a young woman told from the perspective of her first dive master, to almost literary, especially in its descriptions of the island settings, described with such detailed care that it's obvious Olsen has experienced each setting personally.

One sample of the evocative descriptions comes from "The Hero of Blind Pig Island," the short story that gives the collection its name: "Dark heavy mountains f cloud rose from the far end of the lake, towering into the summer sky, white tops swelling against the blue. Below, in their dark bellies, flashes of lightening [sic] brought them to life, storybook dragons born in a treacherous sky" (117).

Olsen writes with such straightforward honesty and precision that it's no surprise he's had a long career in the writing industry. I turned pages with delighted expectation, eager to see what new twist or unexpected characters would come next.

It takes a great deal to write a masterful short story, to fit all the traditional standards of long fiction (plot, tone, diction, voice, character development, setting, theme) into a few thousand words. Jimmy Olsen's collection is a gem among its peers, published in the last ten years, and I am both gratified and honored to have been able to read and review the compilation.

I cannot recommend <i>The Hero of Blind Pig Island and Other Island Stories</i> highly enough, for its unique premises, lush and exotic (in every sense of the word) cast of characters, and compelling style. Olsen offers a truly worthwhile escape into an island-themed other world peopled with missionaries, party-goers, children, lovers, teachers, dive masters, and more.

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Title: <i>The Hero of Blind Pig Island and Other Island Stories</i>
Author: Jimmy Olsen
ISBN: 978-0-9801835-6-6
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this collection free from the author in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinion I have expressed are my own.
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