Sunday, June 28, 2009

Book Review: Island Song by Alan Chin

I wanted to share with everyone a review of my novel, Island Song, that Bob Lind wrote for Echo Magazine:

by Alan Chin
(Zumaya Publications, September 2008, $15.99 softcover)

As Garrett Davidson arrives on the remote Hawaiian island, he is a man in desperate need of the restorative power that a simple life of seclusion and thought can provide. Far from the fast-track corporate life he lost in San Francisco, along with the love of his life to the devastating effects of AIDS, Garrett intends to honor Marc's memory by keeping his promise to document their lives together in a book. The house offered for rent on the bay seems perfect for that purpose, but it comes with an additional feature: Songoree, a local 20 year old who will cook his meals and clean for him during his stay. Garrett sees Song arrive each day, walking with a pretty young Hawaiian girl who then turns back home, but can't help but become fascinated by the young man. Despite some initial awkwardness, Garrett and Song become good friends, and the older man is also fascinated by Song's grandfather, who is the island's shaman or religious leader. The older man seems to sense Garrett's loneliness and sorrow, and provides advice that enlightens him to a level he never thought possible.

Billed as a paranormal, erotic gay novel, this promising author's first novel is actually much more than any of those parts, but a truly outstanding, well-written character-driven story about life,
love, beliefs, attitudes, and an eye-opening look at how we choose to deal with each of those issues. The erotic content is very minor and not at all distracting, and the story is a refreshingly original page-turner of a masterpiece that I enjoyed immensely. Five bold stars out of five!


Karen Walker said...

Wonderful review, Alan. You should feel awesome.
Karen Walker

AlanChinWriter said...

Thank You, Karen. Yes, Island Song has received a number of really fine reviews and I'm always grateful.

alan chin

Alexis Grant said...

Wow, that's great! "Promising!"

Mykola Dementiuk said...

Have been reading the book now and I like it very much, am slowly getting to the end :(