Written for You

Written for YouWritten for You by Joseph Cognard
on June 30th 2013
Pages: 128
ISBN: 1490468684
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Written for you is a short modern play which focuses on Bob, who works for a publishing company and is attempting to get his family, therapist, friends and co-workers to read a book he has written. Everyone seems to have an excuse as to why they have not been able to read it yet. To complicate things, people in his life, who have started reading the book or have read it, begin to go missing, Bob’s subconscious speaks to him, and he has a mysterious scratch on his neck.

In the beginning of the play, I wasn’t quite sure what was going on. Was this a comedy? Was this a mystery? The book is dubbed a dark comedy. I’m not a big play reader, so this format took some time to get used to the writing format. It didn’t flow very well for me as I am used to reading novels. The play felt slow until the ending when things picked up and there is the *twist/reveal*. As I stated, I am mainly a novel reader. I am used to having more detail, more setup for scenes, etc. I believe this makes the plot easier to follow and helps to move the plot along. There are several characters in this book and none seemed to really make an impression on me. Although we get glimpses of the characters personalities in their dialogue, I found that except for Bob and his therapist, none of the other characters stood out for me. I would have liked a little more detail regarding the different characters.

Als0- while reading I wondered if the “Billy” from Bob’s story was the “Billy” from the Author’s book “Three Twigs for the Campfire”? hmmm

Interesting premise with a nice twist at the end.

I received a kindle copy of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review.


Three Twigs for the Campfire

Three Twigs for the CampfireThree Twigs for the Campfire by Joseph Cognard
Published by Joseph Cognard on August 19th 2012
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Billy is excited yet nervous about attending his first ever “kids only” camp out with his siblings (Chelsea and Jack). Billy is the youngest of his siblings and it is his first camp out with them. He is afraid of the dark and what will happen when their camp fire burns out? As per tradition, each sibling tells a story around the campfire. What will Billy talk about? How will he face his fear of the dark when he and his siblings finish their campfire stories?

Each sibling takes a turn telling his or her not so scary campfire story. The stories are cute and appropriate for children of all ages. The stories told around the campfire are short, cute and will appeal to both boys and girls alike. This book was beautifully illustrated by the Author’s daughters.

I also put this book to the test of my young reader. My son has to read nightly for his English class. He read Three Twigs for the Campfire over the course of 3 days and really enjoyed it. I like that this book is not scary and really does appeal to readers of all ages. The stories that are told around the campfire are unique and entertaining. The siblings have a good relationship and encourage each other during the night and while they each tell their tales.

How will Billy face his fear of the dark? What story will he tell? Read and find out!

I received a copy of this book from The Author in exchange for an honest review.