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Winnie the Pooh For Adult Shoes

BILLY MOON. Douglas Lain. Tor.

Billy MoonBilly Moon marks Douglas Lain’s debut – and the book is really worth a look. As readers and critics know, fiction today is a tough sell. Sadly, not much of what hits the bins is original. In truth, many of the stories are either tired or overly ambitious – trying to hard to make that proverbial statement. However, Lain’s Billy Moon is a refreshing change-of-pace. The story uses A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh series as its foundation, chronicling the steps of the real-life Christopher Robin (Billy Moon) – a war veteran and family man who would also eventually become a writer. Here, Lain gives the plot a sweet twist, throwing his cast of characters head-long into the rebellious and random streets of 1968 Paris, melding action and introspection with brilliant precision. The end result is a novel that artfully climbs the bridge that connects fantasy to reality – delving into the deep chaos within, forcing each of us to question ourselves along the way. This is a major first book that leaves the reader wondering where Lain goes from here.

by John Aiello


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This entry was posted on August 27, 2013 by in 2013, August 2013, In the Spotlight, Rat On Fiction & Nonfiction and tagged , , .
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