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This week I am highlighted on the Author and Book Event Center, a website devoted to “Book Reviews, Book Trailers, Author Events, Live Forum and Chat.” The Event Center allows readers and fans to communicate with some of their favorite authors and keep up with literary events.

For more information, go to http://bookeventcenter.ning.com and consider joining (it’s free).

Enjoy!

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Good news! I received my final proof and have approved it (finally), making my new book available on CreateSpace and Amazon.com. Like all my books (weird saying that, this is my fourth book now), “A Splendid Alternative” is named for a poem within, a piece written about the goings on of the tiny town of Greensburg, KS, after being devastated by an EF-5 tornado in 2007. Their rebuilding efforts are inspirational.

This new collection of poetry and photographs contains 55 poems paired with photos from my travels, and includes sonnets, haiku, senryu, villanelles, and other classic poetic forms. Author Marsha Dean Walker has written a review (http://www.jackhuber.com/review4.htm).

For ordering information, please go to http://www.jackhuber.com/splendid.htm.

Jack

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Randy Hunsuker reviews “An Eerie Calm Before the Night,” an e-book by Jack Huber, available at http://www.jackhuber.com/eeriecalm.htm.

“Stop and smell the sonnets…”
An Eerie Calm Before the Night by Jack Huber elegantly juxtaposes nature photography with the age-old sonnet format

It is difficult not to gain a new appreciation for the lost art of the sonnet when perusing Jack Huber’s An Eerie Calm Before the Night, a collection of some twenty sonnets. However, the underlying message is cannot be ignored: Forget the hectic world and stop and smell the roses, or in this case, the sonnets. Huber elegantly juxtaposes an image from his awe-inspiring album of nature photography with a single sonnet (or is it the other way around?) and effectively urges each of us to appreciate the world around us.

The stand out entry is the title poem, which also serves as a call to action. For those of us overwhelmed with balancing work, family, and just the hustle of everyday life, you certainly and undeniably understand the importance of slowing things down and finding tranquility in a world seemingly gone mad. “An Eerie Calm Before the Night” is set against a beautiful photo of a sunset over western New York’s Chautauqua Lake, and Huber transports you there. “The sun relaxes as it sets…,” the sonnet begins, “winds die down, again you feel… that eerie calm, I’ve come to know… just the chaos letting go.” Rhythmic, yet smooth, “Eerie” is anything but creepy- it’s normalcy.

Similarly-themed is the opening sonnet “The World Is There,” where Huber once again tells us that the beauty of nature is here “for humans to behold,” and politely shakes a finger at a society too often bent on the status quo of things. In “Tranquility,” an Italian sonnet, one wonders if its message criticizing selfishness and not getting along is not one uttered much too late. Its brother sonnet, “Economic Circus” is simply apropos given America’s deep economic woes.

The haunting “Every Day” is seemingly the most biographical or autobiographical of the group where Huber finally seems to tear down the emotional wall and let us see inside. That said, the only downside of the collection of sonnets is that all too often Huber hides behind the restrictive sonnet format versus letting us feel some true emotion. Some of the sonnets are just too matter-of-fact to be enjoyed. Case-in-point, the self indulgent “My Team,” and the superfluous conquering fear sonnet that is “Halfway.”

Those minor complaints aside, An Eerie Calm Before the Night offers charming photography and elegant sonnets mightily serving as the caption for each picture.

-Review by Randy Carlton Hunsucker, Mount Airy, North Carolina. Hunsucker is author of the science fiction thriller “Midniite Prizm,” and the collection of poems, “Poetry 5.0” (http://www.randyhunsucker.com/).

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This is my second book. I’ve had a lot of great feedback and would appreciate yours. To purchase, go to my CreateSpace page:  https://www.createspace.com/Customer/EStore.do?id=3367989

A member of the Author and Book Event Center, Diane Tegarden, reviewed “Troupe”:

Jack Huber, a well traveled technical writer, has written a book of poems that show us he is as good with his pen as he is with a camera. With Jack, when these two creative processes diverge, watch out, you are in for a rare treat.

His most recent poetry collection entitled “A Troupe in Masquerade” is both thought-provoking and visually refreshing as you accompany Jack on his numerous adventures around the country and the world, capturing images and matching them with words that touch your heart.

In “Tranquility”, an Italian sonnet, he neatly juxtaposes the concept of the necessity for war vs. the tranquility that can be found in a more peaceful way to live, and is nicely done, leading us gently to a conclusion rather than battering us over the head with dire warnings.

Although his sestina “A Picturesque Café” is based on a photo of a building, by the end of the poem it evokes a romantic streak in the reader. The poem is an ode to the place where he met his future wife, his “only one”, a place where visitors immediately share in the warmth and friendliness of the coffee shop itself. All the romance of that special cafe is evident in this sweet little poem, inviting you to sit down, enjoy the conversation and warm yourself with a cup of coffee.

I would recommend this book to true lovers of poetry, as he also defines and explains several poetry forms in his preface, simplifying what is sometimes considered a rather mysterious form of writing.

–Diane Tegarden, Author
FireWalker Publications, Inc.
www.firewalkerpublications.com

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I recently put my domain, jackhuber.com, up to begin promoting my poetry, photographs, books, and other products (i.e. calendars). It’s currently just a simple site, showing testimonials and how to order my book, Trappings of the Years, but it will now begin a transformation into what I hope will be an interesting place to visit.

Try www.jackhuber.com.

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Jack Huber’s new book has been published and is available on-line.  “Trappings of the Years” is a a unique blend of poetry and photography, which adds a new perspective to each.  The title poem describes the sense and character of this compilation of commonplace and shared places and events, a collection that also includes life lessons and thoughts to ponder.

The link to the online ordering page is: http://www.createspace.com/3338012

About the author:

Jack Huber is currently a VP at a Nevada-based telecommunications firm. His background includes several years of business development and over twenty-five years in the computer industry. During this time he has had many articles explaining technology to the layperson published in various print and web magazines and journals.

Jack had his first poems published at age 10 when his fifth grade teacher submitted two pieces that were accepted by a literary magazine. Since then Jack has written poetry off and on throughout his life.

Jack began taking photos while in grade school with his first Brownie camera, given to him by his grandmother. As with his poetry, Jack prefers interesting takes on commonplace themes. It is only fitting that these two media combined would enjoy great appeal.

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My book of poetry and photographs, titled “Trappings of the Years” after one of the poems in the collection, is nearly ready for online sales.  The proof printed by CreateSpace was very professional and the testimonials on the back cover were now very easy to read.  I’ll post the link to the online store as soon as it’s up!

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