Exploring Entertainment in Florida's 850 & Beyond
We are happy to introduce you to the lovely Angela Yuriko Smith – who will be sharing her voice with us reviewing books and whatever else tickles her fancy. She is a published author, editor of The Panhandle Focus, and 850 resident.
I confess, I am politically apathetic. I generally feel like a small cog in a larger machine, and whether I agree with the machine or not, I can do little about it. The Muzzle and the Leash by
The protagonist is a dog named Jack who lives in an America where animals and people live side by side as equals. In this story, animals pay taxes and have jobs. The political climate in the story echoes our real life situation.
The media has turned into an unofficial political player unto itself, tossing itself to the feet of the biggest players in pandering support. The book’s government, while spouting messages of democracy and freedom, holds a double standard. When Jack voices dissatisfaction and asks the wrong questions the tide turns against him.
I enjoyed reading The Muzzle and the Leash. It was well written and professionally edited. It pushed through my own apathy and made me realize I don’t care because I feel like I have no other choice and my apathy is more akin to acceptance. Perhaps we all need to strain against the leash we are on and, like Jack, fight against the muzzle.
Kudos to Isaiah Hawke for writing a political satire we can chew on. Those that enjoy Animal Farm will most likely enjoy The Muzzle and the Leash.
Angela Yuriko Smith publishes a monthly online newspaper by day, blogs at Dandilyon Fluff (dandifluff.com) by night and writes fiction as often as possible in between. Her published works include fiction and nonfiction across multiple genres and she has been included in various anthologies and online publications. In the past she has served as a host for JournalJabber online radio talk show and has been interviewed on National Public Radio for her nonfiction work.