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Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite
Handwritten Tales: What Is Taboo by Jim D Buchanan explores how we as humans have a deep-seated need to communicate. We communicate in many ways these days between text, email and phone communications, although some ways have fallen by the wayside. Handwritten communication is one such victim and this book explores that somewhat forgotten art once more, walking through journeys and stories that are both taboo and ordinary. As someone who collects fountain pens and still loves the feel of beautiful cotton paper beneath her fingers, I can appreciate a book that is titled Handwritten Tales. This book delivers exactly what it promises: stories told to the reader in a lovely creative way. Author Jim D Buchanan has hit on something that is not only an interesting read through the content of the stories but in the way that it is laid out for the reader to enjoy.
This book really does suck you in and make you think about human nature and your own set of ideals. There are things that we as humans prefer to ignore, impulses and things that walk a certain line and do not cross it. Yet what if we did? I really enjoy books and TV shows that make me explore that darker side. I call it shining a flashlight into the darker, shadowed corners of myself. The series Dexter always made me do that and I got the same feeling with this book. This is not a typical read and it certainly is a roller coaster that takes the reader through all the ups and downs and dark tunnels there may be. If you like a book that does this and will make you truly wonder about things, Handwritten Tales is the book for you. Highly recommended.