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The Brubury Tales Gets 5 star review from The Sacramento Book Review
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A great review for my new poetry book

I'm so excited. My new poetry book The Brubury Tales got a great review from The Sacramento Book Review. Yay.

"5 stars: This piece of art is in honor of The Canterbury Tales with a remarkable twist."  Sky Sanchez for The Sacramento Book Review.

"In the original, a fleet of pilgrims travel together on a voyage participating in a story-telling contest; in Mundo’s we are dropped into the highly sensitized streets of  Los Angeles after the riots. The competitive storytelling is swapped between seven security guards on night watch. The stakes? Christmas vacation time. Translated into today’s culture and language, written completely in verse (!), are the classic stories of such greats as Twain, Dickens, and Boccaccio, among many others.

Verse poetry, for the modern poetry reader, can teeter on tedious and sing-songy, sometimes disengaging the reader from the subject, but this is not the case here. His skill is astounding and has a natural cadence. These stories are intriguing and compellingly human, and soon enough the reading becomes listening."

Read the full review http://sacramentobookreview.com/poetry_short_stories/the-brubury-tales/

 

Here are some more great reviews of The Brubury Tales

“The Brubury Tales [by Frank Mundo] is a landmark book, in what is going to be -- and already is -- an exceptional, distinguished literary career.”

-- Carolyn See, the Friday-morning book reviewer for the Washington Post and bestselling author of Handyman and There Will Never Be Another You.

5 Stars: A fine collection and not one to be missed - Midwest Book Reviews

"Through history, things again and again repeat, and the tale of a millennia ago rings much of the tale today. "The Brubury Tales" is a collection of short stories of the format of seven security guards exchanging stories to passing the time after the Los Angeles riots. With inspiration from many literary classics and plenty of original spin, "The Brubury Tales" is a fine collection and not one to be missed."

5 stars: A brilliant blend of classical short stories - Richard Blake for Reader Views

"Mundo has captured the illusiveness that accompanies the familiar guarded attempt at intimacy. He understands there is a hesitancy to become vulnerable and completely honest when seeking friendships. Frank also provides insight into self-discovery and self-understanding.

This is a book that will entice the uninitiated to pursue reading the genuine classic stories that inspired "The Brubury Tales." Readers of the classics will re-live the originals as they become addicted to Mundo's amazing and unique narrative.

Frank Mundo, already an award winning author is well on his way to gaining recognition as an established literary writer. "Brubury Tales" is a brilliant blend of writing, combining the style of Chaucer while putting a new slant on the short stories of the classical writers."


5 Stars: Morgan St. James, LV Books Examiner and author http://www.examiner.com/writing-in-las-vegas/spotlight-author-reporter-frank-mundo-s-new-book-pays-homage-to-chaucer
"The more I got into the rhythm of Frank’s brilliantly written poetry, the more I enjoyed it and felt compelled to keep reading. By the time I was at the middle of the book, I was completely in step with the difference between reading prose and poetry. The meat of the stories had a familiar ring and with good reason. They were updated versions of stories by Dostoevsky, Dickens, Boccaccio, O Henry, Poe, Twain, Gilman, Crane, Saki, Anderson, Bierce, and even Khayyam’s Rubaiyat, all told in Frank’s unique style.

As someone who would not ordinarily select a book completely written in poetry, I can say I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Somehow the mind takes off in a different direction than when reading prose. It is a rhythmic, comforting way to become immersed in the story and I can recommend this book to both lovers of poetic works and those who have yet to take the plunge."

5 Stars: The Brubury Tales is a unique and powerful new book -- Laura Frazin-Steele, LA Books Examiner http://www.examiner.com/books-in-los-angeles/the-brubury-tales-is-a-unique-and-powerful-new-book-by-frank-mundo-review
The Brubury Tales reflects Frank Mundo's clear and honest voice along with his prosaic writing style.  Frank takes risks with his writing, which is sensitive, thoughtful, and gritty....Frank Mundo's security guards share their suspicions, and they show us their raw and innermost feelings.  They also leave us with a sense of hope.

Read more reviews at Amazon.com  http://www.amazon.com/Brubury-Tales-Frank-Mundo/dp/0741459752/ref=sr_1_1?s=gateway&ie=UTF8&qid=1285859819&sr=8-1

Watch a video reading on you tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6NlKUcvPMQ

Watch the book trailer for The Brubury Tales http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMvzmWJ4TCQ 



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More Blogs by Frank Mundo
• Marriage Before, During and After a Heart Attack - Saturday, November 17, 2012
• Underground Heroes Feature - Saturday, June 02, 2012
• Book Review: The Brubury Tales - Thursday, May 24, 2012
• Two New Interviews - Friday, May 04, 2012
• Free on Kindle Today - Tuesday, April 03, 2012
• My book made Amazon's List for Bestselling Poetry Books - Wednesday, March 28, 2012
• A Literary Achievement - Monday, February 27, 2012
• I was interviewed by the Los Angeles Public Library - Sunday, February 12, 2012
• Exciting series of short stories that reads like a novel - Sunday, February 12, 2012
• These stories are so full of soul! - Sunday, September 18, 2011
• Gary, the Four-Eyed Fairy and Other Stories - Tuesday, July 26, 2011
• Writers Row in the Downtown Art Walk - Wednesday, June 08, 2011
• Author Susan Whitfield Interviewed Me For Her Blog - Thursday, May 05, 2011
• First short story from my next book - Wednesday, April 27, 2011
• The Brubury Tales wins Poetry Book of The Year - Tuesday, March 01, 2011
• My book The Brubury Tales is a Finalist for Reader View's 2010 Poetry Book of the Year - Thursday, February 17, 2011
• Poetry reading at The Rapp Saloon in Santa Monica (video) - Tuesday, February 08, 2011
• Video coverage of a poetry reading I did at the Pasadena Public Library - Wednesday, February 02, 2011
• Review of Sweet Dreams: a family history by DeWitt Henry - Monday, January 17, 2011
• Grief Transformation: Writing and Reading as Therapy - Monday, January 03, 2011
•  The Brubury Tales Gets 5 star review from The Sacramento Book Review - Thursday, November 18, 2010  
• Book Trailers...Are they worth it? - Sunday, November 14, 2010
• 5 Favorite poetry books by Z - Tuesday, November 09, 2010
• The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe (video reading) - Sunday, October 31, 2010
• (VIDEO) Me reading my book The Brubury Tales at UCLA's Kerckhoff Hall - Tuesday, October 19, 2010
• Reading of the Brubury Tales - Thursday, September 30, 2010
• Interviewed by Pets and Authors - Monday, July 19, 2010
• Reviews of The Brubury Tales - Wednesday, July 14, 2010
• The Giving To Challenge - Sunday, June 20, 2010
• I finally finished it. Very exciting. - Saturday, June 12, 2010
• I had my first radio interview: Big mistakes I made that could help us all learn - Sunday, June 06, 2010
• Reece Hirsch shares the first chapter of his new book The Insider - Wednesday, May 12, 2010
• A Day at the Beach: In Memory of Joe Mundo - Wednesday, May 05, 2010
• LA Times Festival of Books: Conversation with Carolyn See, Lisa See and Barbara Isenberg - Tuesday, April 27, 2010
• 10 of my favorite poets - Friday, April 16, 2010
• Six Fun National Poetry Month online activities - Saturday, April 10, 2010
• Self-Publishing Stigma? - Wednesday, March 24, 2010
• Pieces of Happily Ever After - Monday, March 22, 2010
• Interview with Elif Shafak, bestselling author of The Forty Rules of Love - Thursday, March 04, 2010
• Interview with actor and author Dan Frischman - Thursday, February 25, 2010
• The Promise Doctrine: Interview with Authors Craig and Jason Womack - Thursday, February 04, 2010
• Sadly Ever After: 3 Books to Tear Into - Wednesday, February 03, 2010
• My Interview with Bestselling Author TC Boyle - Sunday, January 24, 2010
• Daughter of a Rogue: an Interview with Poet Stephanie Lynn Hilpert - Thursday, January 21, 2010
• An Interview with Author Tim Davis - Wednesday, January 13, 2010
• The Naked Pint: My Interview with Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune - Tuesday, December 29, 2009
• Thank Heaven: Interview with Hollywood Legend Leslie Caron - Friday, December 04, 2009
• Bipolar Bare: My Interview with Authors Den Writer Carlton Davis - Tuesday, November 24, 2009
• Pause for Poetry: A Reading by Dylan Thomas - Wednesday, November 18, 2009
• My Interview with Bestselling Author Cristina Garcia - Monday, November 16, 2009
• A Ghost from the Shadows: My Interview with Author Elizabeth Eagan-Cox - Monday, November 09, 2009
• My Interview with Poet Joy Harjo - Monday, October 19, 2009
• The Things You Would've Said: Interview with author Jackie Hooper - Friday, September 25, 2009
• Finding the Moon in Sugar: Interview with Author Gint Aras - Tuesday, September 15, 2009
• Nurture Born Killer - Monday, September 14, 2009
• A Reading By Poet Charles Bukowski - Saturday, August 29, 2009
• Lighting Their Fires: Interview with Bestselling Author Rafe Esquith - Tuesday, August 25, 2009
• I added some poetry to my den - Friday, August 14, 2009
• The Magicians by Lev Grossman: Interview and Review - Saturday, August 08, 2009
• The Art of Listening - Monday, August 03, 2009
• Pause for Poetry: Readings by Billy Collins (Video) - Thursday, July 30, 2009
• The Shenandoah Spy: Interview with author Francis Hamit - Monday, July 27, 2009
• The Big Score: Interview with author Linda Ferrari - Thursday, July 23, 2009
• Mat Lloyd, The Skateboard Poet - Sunday, July 19, 2009
• Wrongful Death: Interview with Bestselling Author Robert Dugoni - Monday, July 13, 2009
• Pause for Poetry: A Reading by Gina Loring - Friday, July 03, 2009
• What Would You Do If You Ran the World? - Thursday, July 02, 2009
• 3 stand-out poets at Book Soup - Tuesday, June 30, 2009
• 3 Stand-out Poets from the San Pedro River Review - Wednesday, June 24, 2009
• Heartbeat of the Artist - Tuesday, June 23, 2009


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