Review: A Book With No Pictures by Brent Jones

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Meet Terrence.

He’s pushing forty. He drinks. He smokes. He eats snack cakes for breakfast. And he’s the sole guardian of his orphaned nephew, Spencer.

But Spencer isn’t just any five-year-old. He’s a child prodigy, and living together requires compromises that neither uncle nor nephew are prepared to make.

This short story, from the author of Fender and The Fifteenth of June, is teeming with raunch and dark humor, mocking the old adage that blood is thicker than water.

A Book With No Pictures also introduces readers to children’s librarian, Afton Morrison, the subject of an upcoming thriller series, also set in the fictional town of Wakefield.

My thoughts:

This short little book (27 pages) sure did have an awful lot to say. The main character, a divorcee named Terry, ends up having to raise his nephew, Spencer, when his brother and sister in-law are killed birdwatching. Yep, you read that right….birdwatching. Just to give you an idea of the humor in the book. Terry isn’t a very nice guy, and is always thinking his nephew is an idiot.
So it’s filled with sarcastic humor. I didn’t know if I was going to like it when I first started reading the first few pages, but I really ended up enjoying it. It is really different from anything I’ve read before, with its quirky and sarcastic humor.

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author picFrom bad checks to bathroom graffiti, Brent Jones has always been drawn to writing. He won a national creative writing competition at the age of fourteen, although he can’t recall what the story was about. Seventeen years later, he gave up his freelance career as a social media manager to pursue creative writing full-time. Fender and The Fifteenth of June are his first two novels.

Jones writes from his home in Fort Erie, Canada. He’s happily married, a bearded cyclist, a mediocre guitarist, (sometimes) vegetarian, and the proud owner of two dogs with a God complex. Subscribe to his newsletter (AuthorBrentJones.com) or follow him on social media (@AuthorBrentJ) for updates.

 

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