Saturday, April 17, 2010

Review: Biscuits with Archie by C.H. Allen Clark

Never Feed a Cat a Can of Spam...

C.H. Allen Clark lives with a menagerie of animals, including Archie, a 20-pound Shih Tzu and one of eight house pets. He is known as the "Big Ragu" of the abode. Call him "Lefty of the Leftovers," "Fatty of All Known Feasts," and "Cat Pervert Extraordinaire."

Archie is the inspiration behind many of Clark's poems, and his short stories are inspired by his ancestors who lived through the Civil War. It's a collection of humorous, sad, and enlightening prose that will appeal to animal lovers and history buffs alike.

All of those animals, the thirteen dogs and nine horses as well as twenty cats, seem to be our destiny. "One day, I will saddle up the old bay mare with the walker on top and then ride off into the sunset. Where will I ride? I know not where. Perhaps, I will ride to my destiny.

Received from the publisher for review.

As you know, I just don't do poetry, so this was a bit of a stretch for me. I did enjoy the photos of Archie and the other dogs which were quite adorable. The short stories were perhaps a bit better for me, but they still weren't the best fit.

This one gets two stars. The rating is not a result of any poor writing on the author's part, but more of a misfit between the material and me. I just wasn't feeling it. The collection was a nicely written, eclectic mix of poetry and short stories. Perhaps a literature fan might find it more to his or her liking.

☆☆= Just Okay


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