Monday, April 9, 2018

An Engrossing Read

"Al Riske has an exceptional talent for immersing a reader in his characters' experiences, emotions and motivations  in this case, a group of young people, no longer children but not quite fully functioning adults. It's an engrossing read, mostly because who doesn't remember a time of treading water and waiting for your life to begin."
  Rachel Canon, Goodreads

Friday, February 16, 2018

A Fast Read That Sticks with You

"Then We’d Be Happy is a little like reading a love letter years later: you smile at the memories and a second later you think, god, was it really like that? It’ll simultaneously make you miss and so-not-miss your 20s and the odd assortment of people who pass through your life ... Then We’d Be Happy is a fast read, but it’s one that sticks with you after you finish the last page." 
 Michelle Jenkins, Goodreads

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Stories That Won't Let Go

The Ever-Present Past is a collection of 52 random/related stories that blend memory and imagination. Most can be read in one to five minutes, the longest in about fifteen. Check them out.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Non-virtual Reality

Another strong review for my Silicon Valley novel, Then We'd Be Happy:

"T
his is a fast-paced 192 pages that I read in one sitting ... If you want a quick antidote to the weltanschauung that the tech companies' PR machines churn out, then pick up Al's book. He tells it like it really is."
 Ian D. Griffin, Amazon

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Something Extraordinary

"In Then We'd Be Happy, Riske employs sparse prose, almost poetic pacing and perfectly crafted dialogue to elevate this tale of "ordinary" life to something extraordinary. The characters are people we all know, and the story familiar, yet told in an artful way that draws the reader in from the very first page and carries them along swiftly through to the very end. The Silicon Valley setting is a nice touch, unobtrusive and rendered with appropriate restraint. I highly recommend Then We'd Be Happy."
 Joel Postman, Goodreads

Thursday, October 12, 2017

When Characters Come Alive

I had more fun writing Then We'd Be Happy than anything I've done before. The characters came alive for me and now seem like real friends. They are energetic, funny, insightful, and face life's challenges with the same confusion and frustration we all feel. They have their faults, as you will see, but I can't help loving them all.