Friday, March 31, 2017

"Tales of Yosemite" by Jonathan Williams

Tales of Yosemite
by Jonathan Williams

Tales of Yosemite by Jonathan Williams is currently on tour with Goddess Fish Promotions. The tour stops here today for my review, an excerpt, and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

A land of vast beauty and constant change, Yosemite National Park never ceases to amaze and inspire its visitors. And fiction writer Jonathan Williams, an avid camper and fan, is no exception. In four charming short stories, he captures the Park’s diverse landscape and unique wilderness, using it as backdrop in all its glory to tell his tales.
"The Condor Suit" tells the story of Tim whose life-long dreams of flying prompts him to move to a small town in the foothills of the Sierra to pursue his quest: building a bird suit and flying into the Park. In "Dog Lake", a young boy on a Yosemite camping trip falls into the lake and disappears, only to discover another world lurking beneath its surface, and the lake magically comes to life. "The Rescue" tells the story of a hiker, and the unusual relationship he forms with a bear and her cub in the park. And with "The Old Man in the Sierra", visitors in Yosemite National Park encounter a strange man leaving them wondering if he is the Park’s notorious mystery man? Does he exist, or is he the stuff of everyone’s imagination, and simply part legend, part ghost?

"Condor Suit"
Tim was about twenty four miles into the flight and passing the main Park entrance when he noticed something strange. His vision became clearer, and things became brighter.
"Dog Lake"
Nathan found himself in a large empty room surrounded by water. He carefully touched one of the glass walls, and his fingerprints smeared.
"The Rescue"
Instinctively, I made as much noise as possible, and blew my whistle but the mountain lion continued toward me.
"The Old Man and the Sierra"
The Old Man stood drenched, his outback hat offering little protection. His eyes closed, he faced the gales, the rain striking his weathered face, and he opened his mouth to the downpour.
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]

My Review

By Lynda Dickson
This is a collection of four stories that celebrate man's relationship with nature and the wild animals that inhabit it.
In "Condor Suit", a man constructs a bird-like contraption to fly him to the summit in Yosemite National Park. The experience transforms him in more ways than one. This story gives us some interesting information about the California Condor.
In "Dog Lake", a group of boys and their fathers hike to Dog Lake in Yosemite Valley. One boy has more of an adventure than the others. This story provides us with some interesting historical information about the lakes in Yosemite National Park.
In "Rescue", a man rescues a bear cub in Yosemite National Park. What happens next will astound you.
In "The Old Man and the Sierra", an old man spends his life wandering through Yosemite National Park. Who is he?
While the stories are all interesting and informative, the book could do with a good edit. There are numerous editing errors including poorly constructed sentences, incorrect word usage, and incorrect punctuation.
A quick, easy read for nature and animal lovers.

About the Author
Jonathan Williams has worked in Information Technology for over twenty years. He has spent most of his career working in the Financial and Pharmaceutical/Biotech sectors. He specializes in Database Management Systems.

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