Book Review: “Kelpie Dreams” by Steve Vernon
“‘Some people just never seem to let themselves be happy … It’s like they fight against their own contentment.'”
Well, let me tell you folks, author Steve Vernon is NOT one of these people. (That quote btw was from an underwater sea hag … interested yet?)
Kelpie Dreams is a mad dash through a fantastical world where nothing is quite what it seems (including our heroine, “Lady MacBeth”). About loss, love, and (mis)adventures, it reminded me of a modern Alice and Wonderland in it’s quizzical and whimsical style.
I honestly can’t remember the last time I’ve laughed out loud this much with a novel. From the quirky dialogue to the unique characters and setting, there’s a lot here to enjoy, and I can only imagine how much fun Vernon had constructing this novel. Yet when you strip back the oddball humor and bizarre encounters, there’s still a story with surprising depth that goes far beyond its entertainment factor.
Yes, boys and girls, today’s near-death experience was brought to you by the number eight and the letters WTF!
I did feel the characters fell into too similar of a speaking pattern with the back-and-forth, quick-witted banter, but if you’re looking for something that’s completely unlike anything you’ve read, you don’t have to look much further. A definite lighthearted and fun read that’s worth checking out.
“Jazz hands, Mom, big-time jazz hands.”