Jun 272011

Somewhere Over the Sun by Adi Alsaid
Rating: 3/5
Source: Won in giveaway at Roof Beam Reader
Links: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads, Author’s website

Alan has recently discovered that the stories he writes are coming true, but they come with a price in the form of bad headaches. After conferring with his father, his best friend, he decides to visit his close friends and write them each a story in an effort to bring them happiness.

The story was very uplifting and positive. Alan’s actions are fueled by love for his friends. The source of his gift isn’t revealed until the end, but it is easily guessed at before you get halfway through the book.

My favourite story that Alan writes is Saline’s, which is one of the first stories he writes. It was sweet and beautiful, with a touch of fantasy. Alan’s whole visit with Saline was my favourite part of the book.

I did not like Alan’s Canadian visit. As a Canadian myself, I found it slightly insulting that his visit there was all about alcohol and drugs. This behaviour was not overly emphasized during any other visit, and I felt it didn’t add anything to the story.

The writing is truly beautiful. Each word and phrase has been carefully chosen to fit the exact position it appears in. This leads to a very lyrical and poetic script. This makes the story great, but also not so great. There is no break for the descriptive, flowery language. It leads to a feeling of too much. Without any simple writing, it feels overdone in spots.

Overall, this book is full of wonderful phrases and quotes. The story is imaginative and unique. This is a good read, although it does feel overly written in some areas.

  One Response to “Somewhere Over the Sun”

  1. Hi Sarah!

    Thank you for taking the time to read and post a review of my book. I'm glad you were able to enjoy it.

    I'm sorry to hear that you were insulted by the Canadian visit. It definitely was not my intention, although I could see why someone might get that impression. The character Mug is based off a couple people I know, one of whom does drugs and the other lives in Canada with his very friendly significant other.

    I'm sorry that those details seemed like a generalization of Canadian people, as those are definitely not my views.

    As for what it adds to the story, I won't discuss openly since it's a bit spoiler-ish, but I'm happy to open up a dialogue about it, if you're interested. You can email me at adi.alsaid@gmail.com

    Thanks again for the review!


    P.S. I applaud you on your 2011 reading challenge goal. Way to go!

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