The Hero of Blind Pig Island: And Other Island Stories

The Hero of Blind Pig Island: And Other Island Stories

by Jimmy Olsen


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ISBN-13: 9780980183566
Publisher: Hoffman House Press
Publication date: 08/15/2012
Pages: 245
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 3 Months

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The Hero of Blind Pig Island: And Other Island Stories 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
CharityRowell-Stansbury More than 1 year ago
This highly entertaining anthology of short stories will transport readers to exotic locations where they will encounter underwater adventures, romance, and exploits and conflicts at sea. I received a free print copy in exchange for an honest review. Some of the stories are humorous; for instance, in "Revenge of the Schoolmasters" when a group of students vandalizes teachers' homes, a couple of teachers decide to give them their comeuppance. Other stories have tragic endings; in "Denise" and "Wet Passage," diving accidents take the lives of experienced divers. Finally, a few stories are thought-provoking like "The Missionaries;" a short story about a couple of missionaries who visit an American expatriate to reminisce about life in the U.S. While each story is unique, they all provide insights into island life in a narrative that makes the book seem like a compelling compilation of non-fiction stories. With an eye for interesting details and the ability to spin a tale, Olsen plays the guide as readers explore vibrant and exotic locations from the comfort of their homes. Even if you read nothing else by Jimmy Olsen, this is the book that you absolutely must have!
DABARKER More than 1 year ago
“The Hero of Blind Pig Island & Other Island Stories” by Jimmy Olsen (Hoffman House Press) I’ll keep this short and I’ll keep it sweet. This collection of twelve short stories by Jimmy Olsen is simply the best I have read in years. Each story involves human relationships of one form or another, some adversarial, some not; many are concerned with drama on or beneath the surface of the sea. In my opinion all twelve of the stories are excellent. Four of them, “Denise,” “Green Banana Man,” “Wormwood,” & “The Schoolmasters Revenge,” I found quite superb. As for the last of them, “Wet Passage,” quite literally, it took me out of this world. “The Hero of Blind Pig Island & Other Island Stories: I recommend it to all. D. A. Barker (Author of Killing For Christmas)
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Did I enjoy this book: This review is really a mixed bag. It’s hard to review a short story anthology when you loved some stories and hated others. First, the positive: Mr. Olsen autographed the books he sent EFC for review. It buttered me up before I started reading. Nice touch. I really enjoyed several of the stories. My favorite two were “Denise” and “The Hero of Blind Pig Island.” Both stories had endearing characters and strong emotional messages. Olsen has a down to earth, homey style of writing that makes you feel like you’re sitting around a campfire listening to a beloved Grandfather. All of the stories were dramatically different, so there was no way to get bored. There was something for everyone, but unfortunately not every story is likely to entertain every reader. I got off to a rough start with the first story, “Party Girl.”  The local high school administrator threw a party for the new teachers who came fresh out of college to work on the exotic Island.  He was more interested in evaluating their breasts than their performance. One young woman passed out and there were hints of a potential gang rape.  One of the wives, Patricia, stepped in to assure the girl’s safety. “My wife Patricia is one of those women who spends way too much time looking out for other women.” The narrator complained. From there, they moved the unconscious girl several times. It was a weird story and it didn’t sit well with me. If the second story had been similar to the first, I’d have stopped reading. So for me, it was a three star book – with a half star thrown in for the autograph. As reviewed by Belinda at Every Free Chance Books. Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
If you have ever steered clear of a short story collection, because, well, they are just too short to connect with, I'm recommending you try The Hero of Blind Pig Island by Jimmy Olsen! Each story is like a complete mini-novel! Perfect to satisfy that "need-to-read" when time is short, I actually have been reading a story or two a day. PARTY GIRL, the first in the line up is plucky, comical, a little out there, with its crazy premise! Ever been to a reception introducing new employees to the core group where there is the sizing up, the scrutiny, and (gasp, the forbidden spiked punch? There were no lampshades on heads, but trust, they weren't needed! With titles such as SEA SALT, GREEN BANANA MAN, WORMWOOD, DENISE, and THE HERO OF BLIND PIG ISLAND, among the others, I was intrigued, I laughed, I rooted for the characters and I enjoyed the crisp writing style of author Jimmy Olsen who could change the attitude and pace of each story with ease as he mentally took me to places where the sea breeze smelled just right, Mother Nature's violence couldn't deter a hurricane party, and the darkness of a Schoolmaster could be chillingly felt, as we were invited inside his mind. Short on words, but long on detail, each tale is well-told, diverse and engaging! I found my favorite island story, and bet you will, too! Where has this gem been hiding? I would like to thank author Jimmy Olsen for providing me this review copy in exchange for my honest review.
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
The Hero of Blind Pig Island by Jimmy Olsen What attracted me to this book is the water and I live on an island and you have a choice of 3 bridges to get to the mainland. Off the coast is a smaller island where I spent many a summer and weekends year round that has dirt roads and no real stores. I liked most of the short stories as they are so diverse. The ones I had a real bond to are: Denise who over the years has challenged herself to succeed as a diver instructor and her teacher and her meet on many lands. I loved that this book took me to new places, being blind I may never visit them. I was able to learn new things-mostly about diving and you know the author is telling his life stories in this book-the details are so precise. The Hurricane Georges Journal was another one I have a strong bond to as I've lived through many a hurricane here on the east coast of the US. Interesting to see that they have party during the storm where we usually have them after-no power so we use our grills to cook up the food in the freezer and share with the neighbors. SPAM-nothing else needs to be said about this. Really loved the fact that the stories were NOT from the exact same island and to me they were an adventure to a land undiscovered by me. Details are so very descriptive-I felt like I was there. I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just picked up the book, great read. The story collection is fun and unique and has a nice island tropical feel to it. Have read the author's other eBooks and bought this one in print. Well worth the money. Erik