This is the 2nd of 3 readers’ reviews for this multi-award-winning piece by Priscilla B Shuler.

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This book will be something one day. Mark my word.

This one was obviously not a book of quotes. Nor was it deliberately intended or pretending to be a self-improvement, non-fictional piece. Yet, ironically, it had heaps of lines worth quoting for posterity.

One of my favourites was this: “Someday, I’ll vow, ye’ll be sumbuddy, Mark my word!”

Going beyond and digging deeper than its superficial technical shortcomings, I was swayed to focus more on the significance of the same concoction of letters, words, and punctuations. In real life, indeed, we tend to judge or be judged by others by what initially meets the eye and based on pre-conceived or socially-conditioned parameters and standards. Sadly, the attention we seek or avoid borne out of our circumstances or readily-apparent manifestations that do not meet these benchmarks verge towards criticism and – worse – discrimination, contempt, harassment, or even expulsion or extermination.

Yet, should these trends continue to be? History says anything destructive should cease. Yet the objective is not always achieved. Oftentimes, there are too many factors and variables to consider that a straightforward, universal answer is too impossible to approximate and much more so to perfectly attain.

Going back to this book, should it be gauged per usual parameters? Perhaps yes. Perhaps not. Yet, for me, there were heaps more below the tip of the iceberg, which shouldn’t always be the Titanic antagonist it’s more popular or infamous for. In fact, the iceberg’s continued existence may even be exactly what mankind will and should now hope to always spot for future generations’ sake and all.

To cut my long story short, I loved that this piece had imperfections and ironies enough to force the mind to think and ponder more. It had insights and trinkets of hope that I sought especially when I needed them most and yet they were too hard to come by.

A nameless merchant once said something striking to RAT. It’s exactly what I should utter for “RAT.”

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Book Details

  • Title: RAT
  • Author: Priscilla B Shuler (Award-winning Author of “Kuimba”)
  • Genre: Fiction (Historical Romance)
  • Publication Date: 17 August 2016
  • ISBN or ASIN: B01KL6L0FQ

Book Themes

Themes (Note: 0=none, 1=a few, 2=considerable, 3=pronounced, 4=excessive)

  • Sexual: TBDL
  • Religious: TBDL
  • Violence, self-harm, etc.: TBDL
  • Crude language, expletives, swearing, etc.: TBDL
  • Other adult tones: TBDL


  • Content: 5 stars
  • Writing Style: 5 stars
  • Appeal to Target Audience: 5 stars
  • Uniqueness: 5 stars
  • Editing: 4 stars
  • Other factors: 5 stars
  • Overall: 5 out of 5 stars

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  1. I completely agree. Without being preachy or moralizing this book is full of endless tiny nuggets of wisdom. I believe you: this book will be something.