Tuesday, September 27, 2022

The Gods Must Clearly Smile by Aaron Christopher Drown - Book Tour & Review

Welcome to an exciting blog tour featuring an imaginative and fascinating collection of short stories spanning the realms of speculative fiction from Aaron Christopher Drown, The Gods Must Clearly Smile!  This blog tour will be taking place from Monday, September 26th, to Sunday, October 2nd!

The Gods Must Clearly Smile Blog Tour includes reviews, guest posts, and interviews, and it will be a great opportunity to explore a fantastic new short story collection and learn more about Aaron Christopher Drown!

Book Synopsis for The Gods Must Clearly SmileFrom the distant future and the forgotten past…

From the far reaches of space and the house next door…

From award-winning author Aaron Christopher Drown, a collection of fourteen curious tales that wend and weave across worlds familiar and unthinkable—a captivating journey through wishes and nightmares, love and murder, war and magic, and the occasional dalliance with destiny.

Purchase links for The Gods Must Clearly Smile:

eBook Links

Kindle Version: https://www.amazon.com/Gods-Must-Clearly-Smile-Christopher-ebook/dp/B09X4VFJZH/

Nook Link: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-gods-must-clearly-smile-aaron-christopher-drown/1141318932?ean=2940160715667

Print Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Gods-Must-Clearly-Smile/dp/1736812599/

Barnes and Noble Link: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-gods-must-clearly-smile-aaron-christopher-drown/1141304087?ean=9781736812594

My Review
The Gods Must Clearly Smile is a fun, fascinating collection of short stories that range from fantastical to strange, and I quite enjoyed them. There may have been a couple of stories that didn't quite resonate with me, but in a collection, that's to be expected, I think. But there is definitely something for everyone within these pages. There are also a few stories that interconnect with one another, which I thought was a nice touch.
I couldn't decide on an absolute favorite, so I'm going to list the four I really liked in my review here.

1. The Show
2.  Not So Tall Tale
3. The Milkshake Story
4. The Swing

Now, I don't want to give too much away, but here's a basic overview of each story and why I like it:

1. The Show is a Batman and Robin-esque type story. A caped crusader and his young ward realize a villain they thought they had defeated has returned. But there's a bit more to it than that.

2. Not So Tall Tale is a story about a brother and sister who are warned to stay away from the Edge of the Forest because "out there" is dangerous. But when the brother disobeys, he discovers something unbelievable. And, to be honest, I thought this story would be one thing, and while I was close, I still missed the mark. 

3. The Milkshake Story is about a man with writer's block who stops by a diner in the middle of nowhere, only to get way more than he bargained for. That's all I can say.

4. The Swing is a story that...I don't really know how to describe it. It's simplistic, but also kind of sad. I connected to it, but I honestly can't say why, exactly. It's just a really good little story.

Overall, this collection of stories is delightful and easy to read. If you're a fan of short fiction, give this collection a go. You won't be disappointed. 

4 stars!

About the author: Aaron Christopher Drown is a native of Brunswick, Maine, who’s lived all over and whose stories have appeared in equally numerous magazines and anthologies. His debut novel, A Mage of None Magic, won the 2010 Darrell Award for Best Novel, and as he’s promised his publisher for years, he’s hard at work on the follow-up. An award-winning graphic designer as well, Aaron resides in Memphis for the time being with his wife, Sarah, their cat, Edison, and his trusty Macbook, Pedro.

Author Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aaronchristopherdrown

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aaronchristopherdrown/

Tour Schedule and Activities

9/26    Sapphyria's Books     https://saphsbooks.blogspot.com/ Guest Post

9/27    Jazzy Book Reviews    https://www.jazzybookreviews.com/ Review

9/28    The Scribblings of Sarah E. Glenn     https://saraheglenn.blogspot.com/ Guest Post

9/29    BookBekAdventures  https://bookbekadventures.Wordpress.com Review

9/30    The Seventh Star Blog https://www.theseventhstarblog.com  Author Interview                       

10/2    The Book Lover's Boudoir  https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpress.com Review

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