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  • By Ali Yildirim
    Jun 9, 2009
    "Note from the Author: " Little Miss is a romantic tale, where the two protagonists are from different cultures. The story began in early 2004. A girl was upset over a personal episode in her life, so I suggested it would be therapeutic if she tried to write out her feelings in a fictional story at a fanclub forum she owned. She wasn't too sure of my idea, so I offered to help her. I started the first part of what was to become a serial story at her forum; we each wrote a preceeding segment. It became a type of 'fanfic' suitable for her Hungarian forum, and I hope it fulfilled its main purpose to help her come to terms with a sad chapter in her life. It was a great surprise to me when the story became a success. After the serial came to its natural conclusion, it was she that did the persuading this time. Believing that the story was good enough to be published, she urged me to take the story further. I believed that there was something there also, but it needed to come out... More > of the confines of the 'fanfic' and find its own voice. In November 2004 for National Novel Writing Month, I took my parts that I had written from that serial and began to flesh out a novel from its skeleton. I blogged the chapters and in one month I had amassed over 50,000 words. I had successfully completed the NaNoWriMo, but I left my blog novel or 'blook' unfinished. It would be almost one and half years later that I would complete it. In that time I received over two hundred mails asking me about Little Miss. The incentive that finally made me complete the book was the idea that I could sell the story independently and donate all proceeds to charity. Deciding to select charities that benefit women and children in need, the story finally received its ending.< Less
  • By Susan Bolton
    Jan 21, 2009
    "The Sultan of Words" Before writing "Little Miss", Ali Yildirim has been fanning the fire of female hearts all across the world with his poetry and several short story collections. Absolutely original, with a trademark style that pulls at the heartstrings, whole passages seem to jump out of the page, or leave you feeling as though you've fallen in. The female protagonist Giselle Bennet finally achieves her dream of studying in Istanbul. She is met by Hakan Aslan, a lecturer at the university who has come to meet her. Hakan's mother holds lodgings for girl students, and Giselle accepts the offer to stay. Suffice to say, sparks of different varieties fly from the offset, but this isn't a simple love affair, or pulp fiction romance. The Aslan family brings a new perspective into Giselle's life as she begins to discover their culture. We join her in her journey as she tries to comprehend a vast, neglected city like Istanbul, a once-splendid hub of empire where... More > "East Meets West" while trying to come to terms with her growing feelings for Hakan, whom she cannot understand at all! What makes the writing stand out is that the reader is allowed intimate glimpses of the city and the culture, it isn't "full on". Many of the book's best moments are connected to the Bosphorus for example but is not about the famous waterway itself, it is simply there as a stunning backdrop to some of the most moving scenes of character interaction I've read this year. A completely engrossing novel that paints a wonderful picture of a three thousand year old city, and an even older tale of love, but be warned of the ending - it is a tear-jerker.< Less
  • By Sanda Vladescu
    Jul 17, 2008
    "I just love it!" When I bought this book I thought that it would be an easy holiday reading. It is easy to read indeed - short colorful tasty sentences, soul tickling words, a well balanced pace of the story captures your focus for good - but is not just an easy reading. In between witty spicy dialogues (which remind me of Dumas), you are smoothly introduced to a beautiful and ancient civilization. Unknowingly you find yourself traveling side by side with the heroine, discovering through her eyes the marvels of one of the largest cities in the world, acquainting its wonderful peoples and falling in love. Therefore, these three layers - a love story, a history lesson and a travel guide, blending perfectly together - will make you avidly read this book more than once. You'll also find another three layers as discreet as the previous described ones: each sentence transforms words into sounds, colors and even flavors. I won't tell you more, you'll have to discover yourself! ... More > Ali Yıldırım is a fine psychologist. He brings out to light the human nature, with goods and bads, moods and emotions in a very tender and objective manner. However, I hope I'm not offending the author by saying that Little Miss has two flaws: - It might affect your sleep since once you start reading, it becomes glued to your eyes; - You'll feel disappointed after you finish it, you'll feel like you’ve left for good your family, your best friends and your home. You'll feel like you've left a piece of your soul with them. You'll want to come back. My rate: This is definitely a "must have" book.< Less
  • By beesofia
    Sep 8, 2006
    "Little Miss" This was a very good read. I recieved it two days ago, and finished it that same evening. I was trying to second guess all of the characters just like within the story itself. I almost believe in "True Love" after reading "Little Miss"-Thank you for that Ali. Lisa, CO
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Product Details

ISBN
9781411687110
Edition
Third Edition (Revised)
Publisher
Angel Wing
Published
March 14, 2007
Language
English
Pages
168
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.67 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
Product ID
789382
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