Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Book Review & Extract - A Golden Tail from Champagne & Lemonade by John Hickling - Blog Tour

As part of the pre-publication blog tour for Champagne & Lemonade, a short story collection, I have chosen to review the first story in the compilation - A Golden Tail. 

Amazon UK
Title: Champagne & Lemonade
Author: John Hickling
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Publisher supplied review copy
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: 5th July 2016
Rating for A Golden Tail: 4 Stars

Champagne & Lemonade is a delightful collection of eclectic short stories, taking readers on a journey to different times and places, meeting a sparkling cast of well-drawn characters. Nibble the fish is desperate to escape his boring old pond. A new breed of super hero has been born and his name is Bob Cheesecake. Dumpton Hospital's staff have a somewhat unconventional approach to looking after their patients. Robert Hood is on a mission to save modern England. And just who is the vampire terrorising the neighbourhood from his home at 113A Greenstone Street? From the quixotic to the poignant, John A. D. Hickling's wild and whimsical tales fizz with fun and are sure to entertain almost everyone! www.johnchewyhickling.com

Nibble the fish want's to escape his boring pond and go on an adventure that might just have him wishing he had never left the pond in the first place.

Nibbles the fish, lives in a pond and is eager for adventure, and more excitement than just trying to fight the other fish in the pond for food. This is a short tale of his exciting adventure, and I believe its aimed more at children, or a family sitting around enjoying a book together. 

As the first book in a short story compilation, it is an excellent way to start to show John Hickling's writing ability, and it gave me a good insight into what life as a fish must be like. You really get to feel as though you are alongside Nibbles as his life becomes more exhilarating. 

From an adult's perspective I would say that this is a 5-10 minute piece of pure escapism, and a good way to while away a coffee break, or short journey somewhere. I think that children aged perhaps 7 upwards would enjoy listening to the story, and really be able to get a good picture of Nibbles and his friends. 

Thank you to Clink Street Publishing for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

Please see below for a short extract from A Golden Tail. 

“Bored, bored, bored — mmm just bored.”

“I take it you are bored, Nibble?” Lucky snapped. 

“There must be more to life than swimming round in circles all day with you boring old lot.”

About John Hickling

Proud father and grandfather, and jack of all trades John A.D. Hickling currently lives with his family in Nottingham. A lover of music, especially 60’s rock, John has previously recorded two independent albums, appeared in comedy band Space Cadets on Britain’s Got Talent and is an active member of Masque Productions amateur theatre group. His debut book, Champagne & Lemonade (published by Clink Street Publishing June 5th 2016 RRP £6.99 paperback, RRP £3.99 ebook) is available to purchase from online retailers including amazon.co.uk and to order from all good bookstores. For more information please visit www.johnchewyhickling.com

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