Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Tallest Watchtower by Omid Baghizadeh

Recently I signed up for a program called 'BookSneeze' they provide me with books to read in exchange for my honest review on my blog.

This is the first book I was provided with, and it came as a surprise to me. It appeared to be a book from the description, but it ended up being only twelve pages long. Definitely a short story.

(From the Publisher)

The Tallest Watchtower
is a wakeup call for our sleeping sense of empathy and charity and a reminder not to forget those who are not among us but between us and our God. Their memory is always respected.

When I opened The Tallest Watchtower on my ereader, I expected stories about those who were in the Twin Towers during 9/11, as the book appeared to be about that event. I didn't expect it to being with a story about parents adopting a child from an orphanage, but then I considered that perhaps the author was building the person's character and wanted the reader to get to know him.

I was disappointed. That short segment ends in a couple of pages and then the story goes on to talk about a fictional person who died in the tower and how we shouldn't forget the victims. I'm all for not forgetting the victims of 9/11 and honoring them on that date, but this short story really didn't cut it.

The writing was simplistic, not what I was expecting, and I was confused at what the author was trying to do in the 12 pages that complete this story.

1 1/2 stars

Maybe my next book from Book Sneeze will be better. I certainly hope so.


  1. well I do not want that book

  2. Don't worry, I have been reviewing for BookSneeze for a year and only one of the books have been unreadable. The rest of them have been great!