READING WITH THE AUTHORS: Author Ann K. Parsons Reviews Stone Tables

Good morning campbellsworld visitors and Bookworms everywhere.
This morning Science Fiction author Ann K Parsons has a book review that is sure to grab your attention.
No. The book she’s reviewing is not SF.
What it is will make you want to drop everything else, go find this book, call into work pile up with your fur babies in your favorite chair and read the day away.
I cannot wait to read it. It is taken from one of my very favorite Bible stories and given a twist like nothing I’ve seen.
Ann’s reviewing style makes even the review of the book an enjoyable read.
It shows her talent and will also make you wonder what her book writing is like.
Make sure once you’ve read this review that you keep reading so you can find out just how awesome her writing talent is.
As always, Campbell and I are very glad you’ve stopped by and we invite you to come again. You never know what you might learn when you are here.
In the meantime, here’s Ann.

Stone Tables
By Orson Scott Card

I just finished reading Stone Tables by Orson Scott Card. Below is the information from the National Library Service for the Blind, (NLS) about this title.

Stone tables: a novel DB49462
Card, Orson Scott. Reading time: 13 hours, 21 minutes.
Read by Richard Hauenstein.
Historical Fiction
Fictional account of the biblical figure Aaron, as he watches his younger brother, Moses, rise from the lowly status of a near-doomed infant to the pinnacle of power in Egypt and then go on to become God’s anointed. Traces their family’s role in the unfolding of a divine plan.

I am most familiar with Orson Scott Card as a science Fiction author, but I was pleasantly surprised that his Biblical Historical Fiction is quite good. Card takes his innate ability to tell a good story and turns this talent to writing Biblical Historical Fiction.
As is true with any author who writes in this sub-genre of Historical Fiction, the idea is to ascribe human emotions and cultural detail to the events depicted in The Bible. Like Lloyd C. Douglas, Malachi Martin, Anita Diamant and Taylor Caldwell before him, Card takes the bare bones of a story from Exodus and fashions it into a story about real people in real history. He adds cultural detail like foods eaten, ways of treating others, furniture in homes and palaces, social structure, and produces a readable story with characters which one can identify with because they are human just like us.
The interplay between Moses and Aaron is the fulcrum of this book. How these brothers deal with the events in their lives and what eventually happens to them is the basic warp of this tapestry. The weft is the individual details and minor characters which help to shape the lives of these two men.
I found this book to be both informative and entertaining. I identified with Moses and especially with his wife Zipporah. Card has a talent for depicting strong women, and Zipporah is such a character. I found out that he has written several other books about Biblical Women, and I am looking forward to reading them. Basic bottom line, Card can take a place along with the authors mentioned above. Happy reading.


A novel by Ann K. Parsons / C 2017 / 445 pages in print
In e-book ($3.99) and print ($17.95) from Amazon and multiple other online sellers.
The Demmies is also on Bookshare.
Full details, cover, author bio, and more:

The demmies were the public’s darlings, but they led a double life. By day, they posed for pictures, were guests on TV shows, and helped to increase knowledge about genetic engineering by taking part in scientific experiments. By night, they faced Dr. Albert Lud’s unauthorized experiments and his torture.
Was there something better for the genetically engineered, foot-high humans? Could they escape? If they did, could they find food, shelter, and freedom from the ogre who tormented them? Could they trust any of the “big folk” to help them? These were some of the questions that kept Alex Kenyon awake at night.
His daughter Ruth wondered what made a human being. Was it size? Was it intelligence? Was it belief in God? What made her know she was a human being, even though only nine inches tall?
This is the story of how Alex’s and Ruth’s questions are answered.

A note from Leonore Dvorkin of DLD Books (
A marketing tip for any author is to take advantage of all possible personal connections: friends, family, work colleagues, church groups, book clubs and other clubs, alumni associations, etc. Ann Parsons took that advice and contacted her alma mater, Elmira College (in Elmira, New York) regarding her book. They responded with a wonderful notice about the book in their online alumni magazine. Go here to see it:
If this is not accessible to you, I can tell you what it includes. The headline is: “Alumna Authors Suspense Novel.” Following that is a large photo of the cover, a brief synopsis, a link to the novel on Amazon, and the link to the author’s website (provided above). An author could hardly ask for more. Thank you, Elmira College!

A Goodreads Review:

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