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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Surfing with Snakes & Dragons, and other Tales of Suburbia by Roger J. Couture is a collection of eight short stories depicting the way of life (and more) in southern California. From the outside, California is sunny, happy and full of opportunities (and to an extent, it is true as well), but the people who are living there are no different than the rest of the world. The people living in this Golden State are living their life in a contrast, yet they make the best of it and rise above it.
The book opens with “Surfing with Snakes & Dragons” and ends with “Of Loves, Lovers and Mistresses” and with the stories in between, we get to visit California from the inside. The first story is about a surfer who has his inner demons whom he battles as he battles untamed waves. My other favorite story was "Spin...Cock...Pull!" which is the story of a tattoo artist who is fighting his own demons, but unlike our surfer that we meet in the first story, our tattoo guy is fighting his own brand of demons. Why I liked it the most? Because it felt real and very raw!
In fact, all of these stories felt very real. Author Roger J. Couture knows how to tell a story and he takes full advantage of this. There is dry humor and intelligent remarks, the imagery is breathtaking and so real that you can almost touch what the character is touching and feel what the character is feeling. This is simply too fabulous to adequately put into words! Superb!