Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Indie-Fever Review of The Ice Cream Vendor's Song

This review is part of the Indie-Fever
2013 Reading Challenge

When I was young, riding in the car with my mom and peering out the window, or looking out the window of the BART train, I often wondered what the lives were like of the people in the many cars and houses we passed by. The flash fiction story collection in Laura McHale Holland's The Ice Cream Vendor's Song gives you a glimpse into quite a few people's possible lives. It is an interesting and memorable book of flash fiction.

Although I wouldn't call many of the stories complete, some are, and all have something worthy about them.

Here’s an incomplete list of what I thought about some of these stories:

The best:                             Golden Sandals
Most descriptive:             Endless Night
Most disappointing:        The Neighborly Thing
Most mystifying:              Long Gone
Most effective                   Something Ordinary
Funniest dialog:                I Don’t Suppose
The darkest:                       Thanks, I Guess
The sweetest:                     The Ice Cream Vendor’s Song

I won this eBook from a LibraryThing Members Giveaway. You may purchase the eBook for $2.99 or in print for $8.95 at

Check out the author's webpage and blog here.


  1. I remember doing the same thing as a child, I'd wonder about the people who drove past our house or rode the bus with us, etc. To be honest I still do it, love to people watch. This sounds like a great idea for a book and I'm looking forward to reading these stories.

    1. For me it was more like dreaming of a different life. Now it's more people watching. :) Hope you enjoy it.

  2. It's funny, but I still do the same thing, except not only do I wonder about people, but I also wonder about objects. Strange, I often catch myself thinking, if this object could talk, what kind of stories it could tell us who was its previous owners, how was it made...

    1. Yes, that sounds like you Elise, :) someone with a great creative mentality.

  3. great review style! i love it!
    and sounds like a sweet collection of stories!

  4. Sounds like an intriguing premise, and I like that cover. Thanks for the review.


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