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Book Review: Natural History by Tom Benson

Natural History (An Anthology of Poetry)Natural History by Tom Benson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Natural History is a great book of rhyming poems by Tom Benson. There are forty-five poems for less than £1, so it’s very good value for money.
Within these poems there are messages to mankind about how the world’s resources are being wasted and how we need to treat animals better.
The reader can pick up factual information from many of the poems, e.g. in ‘Big Cats 1 – Cheetah.
In the poem ‘Fox Cub Toddler’ a narrative style is used about a young cub, who goes exploring, without his mother’s permission. He doesn’t seem to learn the lesson.
There’s a wonderful variety of subjects: poems about diving or climbing, to poems about The Lake District, The Arctic, The Desert or The Jungle.
If you like the ‘Natural World’, then you are in for a real treat with these poems.

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Poetry Book Review: Humour – An Anthology of Poetry by Tom Benson

Humour Tom BensonHumour by Tom Benson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This anthology of thirty poems has the feel good factor. All the poetry is in quatrains, with clever line length shape. Each poem will bring a smile to your face, and is accessible to everyone. You won’t go away and think I don’t know what that’s about; having said that, each poem relies on the power of words, and is skilfully crafted. Some are a touch risqué whilst others rely on a play on words or innuendo.

There is a variety of subject matter, ranging from sci-fi, a riddle and a poem with a message and much more. If I’m being a little vague it’s because I don’t want to ruin your delight in reading this anthology by putting in spoilers here.

The book is well set out with links from the index to the individual poems and is excellent value for money.

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Book Review: Smoke and Mirrors -Tom Benson

Smoke and Mirrors and other stories is a small book of a dozen stories. Each story takes you to a different time and place, which is a strength of the collection. The stories have strong, diverse characters and many of the plots have an interesting twist.

Product DetailsI’m not going to go through each story; enough to say there are many different genres from thriller, chick lit, sci fi, and more. Each genre is written skillfully and some of the stories have been previously published in anthologies or won a prize.

If I have any criticism of the book it is that perhaps the first story should have been a novel, but it still makes a cracking good short story.

I won’t spoil the book by giving away too much, just to say I think it would appeal to both men and women and all ages. Quite a few of the characters are young, which leads to lots of action.

My favourite story was Mary had a little gun. I think I identified with the protagonist in so far that… but I can’t tell you or it would ruin it.

Smoke and Mirrors is well written and presented and can be bought from Amazon kindle for £1.83. I’ve added a link here. Anyway if you read it, let me know what you think. Tom Benson has published several novels and a number of poetry books. Titles of novels include: Amsterdam Calling; Beyond the Law and Ten Days in Panama. You can find out more about this author here.

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