Periodic Stories Reveiw – Sharon Frame Gay


What a wonderful way to start the day. Many thanks to Sharon for this amazing review 🙂

I absolutely loved this book. Jim Bates brilliantly used the first thirty-one elements of the periodic table, writing a story for each element. As in his previous book, “Resilience”, Jim often reflects on coming-of-age stories, usually set in a small town. He has the remarkable ability to take the reader into the mind of a young boy, bringing back that innocence and sheer energy that kids have as they explore the world around them. Some of the stories have sad circumstances, but the author weaves some goodness into every character, and more likely than not, you can count on the story having a happy ending. Reading this book, I reflect on my own childhood and the sweetness of a summer’s day, a parade in a small town in the autumn, fireworks and fireflies…all the “elements” that make up our culture and history. Particular favorites of mine were “Calcium”: a young boy accompanies his grandfather on his milk delivery route and learns far more than he bargained for. “Cobalt”: The pandemic opens up new experiences with a young father and his child as they experience precious time together. Boron: the bittersweet experience a young man has in his final encounter with his father on the 4th of July. So many of these wonderful stories, seen through the eyes of a child growing up, touches the soul with its honesty, freshness, and above all, hope. This book is a must-have!

Published by jim bates

I live in Long Lake, Minnesota. I enjoy walking, gardening, bird watching, reading, writing, bicycle riding and playing with my fantastic grand kids. I have two wonderful boys who I see as often as I can. I'm retired after working many years as a sales and technical development and training instructor. I have also worked in a family owned garden center and most recently was part owner of a small gift shop near to where I live. I collect old marbles, vintage dinky toy race cars, YA books from the 1900's and vintage radios from the 30's and 40's. I am a passionate yo-yo player. I am a fortunate man - life is very good. My stories and poems have appeared in over two-hundred online and print publications including online in CafeLit, The Writers' Cafe Magazine, Cabinet of Heed, Paragraph Planet, Nailpolish Stories, Ariel Chart, Potato Soup Journal, Literary Yard, Spillwords (Dec, 2019, Author of the Month), The Drabble, The Academy of the Heart and Mind, World of Myth Magazine, The Horror Tree, The Terror House, Fox Hollow Stories and Bindweed Press. In print publications: A Million Ways, Mused Literary Journal, Gleam Flash Fiction Anthology #2, the Portal Anthology and the Glamour Anthology by Clarendon House Publishing, The Best of CafeLit 8 by Chapeltown Publishing, the Nativity Anthology by Bridge House Publishing, Forgotten One's Drabble Anthology by Eerie River Publishing, Gold Dust Magazine, Down In the Dirt Magazine and the Oceans Anthology and the 20/20 Anthology by Black Hare Press. I was nominated for the 2021 Pushcart Prize by The Zodiac Review for my 'flash fiction story, “Aliens.”

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