The Hour Glass: Sixty Fables for This Moment in Time
. Ariel Press: The Publishing House of Light . Columbus, OH
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Here is an extra copy without dust jacket. Japikse does a creditable job of it here. Some of his stories are forced and some are perhaps best termed mystical. Try, e.g., An Ordinary Man (16) or Amazing Grace (52). Still, a number of the fables are good; Japikse's batting average is way above most people's! He is at his best, I believe, when the resolution of the story is open-ended or polyvalent. Among the best are these: The Fish of God (9); A la Carte (13); The Great Scheme (20); Open Sesame (63-4); A Taste of Divinity (75); The Panic (85); Snakebitten (89); Tales of Long Ago (95); and The Masterpiece (97). The twenty-one full-page black-and-white illustrations are simple. Typical of them are The Fish of God (8) and The Hour Glass (105). My copy from Candy Books came containing a clipping of an article on the author from the Upper Arlington News (apparently near Columbus, since there are references to OSU) of February 27, 1985.