You know how sometimes you run across a story by a writer and you think “Hey, this is good, something fresh and different!” --yet you never heard of them? That is how I came to buy a copy of Bitter Suites. I just finished it and I’ve been both impressed and delighted. Angela Yuriko Smith is truly an exceptional young writer of dark –and surprising—fiction. Yes, the topic – “recreational suicide” seems daunting, but you will find yourself captivated by each and every little “slice of life and death and life” tale. The characters come across as real people –most of them young, who, for one reason or another want to experience a new “high” by reserving an appointment at the Bitter Suites hotel. A lesson on life (for me, at least) is brilliantly entwined into each story capsule. More to look forward to with Smith’s Suite and Sour, coming up next!
While I've read several poetry collections by Angela Yuriko Smith, but this is the first time I have enjoyed a collection of her short stories. Bitter Suites is startling. A collection exploring the first commercial offering of renewable 'recreational' suicide, the concept was startling enough, but Smith's treatment of the subject matter is, at times, thought-provoking, unsettling, and shockingly brutal. A rare insight into the human condition and perhaps, most importantly, our need for hope. Because without a reason to live, death becomes ever more attractive, a chilling but real possibility. Easily enjoyed in an hour, I expect it will take a lot longer to digest Bitter Suites. Highly recommended.
Angela invites a reader into a strange world where controlled death and resuscitation give characters a fresh outlook on life. As the stories progress we learn how human nature can complicate this controlled death experience. in spite of the dark subject matter, Bitter Suites is a fun and fast read full of complex and dynamic characters. I'm ready for the sequel! I received a copy directly from the author for review purposes.
I loved the idea of a future with renewable death in which Smith has used her multi-faceted imagination to create stories reflecting how humans might use the fact that they can die and be revived. Each story is a different facet of human emotion: fear, suffering, greed, guilt, mistaken love, etc. which are linked and pull the reader straight through this remarkable book. I read it in one day.
After reading this novel I'm eager to pack my change of clothing and check myself in to the Bitter Suites! Wonderfully written and uniquely conceptual! Cliche, I know, but though I tried my best to pace myself I was compelled to read it all in one setting and now I'm on pins and needles waiting for the sequel! I received a digital copy directly from the author for review purposes.
A brief volume with a great concept - in the unspecified future recreational suicide becomes a possibility. Ten tales weave together to form a single narrative. Some pieces are grim and fun, others just sad. If I had a critique it is that the narrative is too slight - the concept is so good that so much more can be done with it, and characters, even the recurring ones, feel slight, as if we are rushing past them to get to the end (Smith asserts more are coming, so huzzah). Having said that, it is a quick, fun read and should appeal to all who enjoy the dark and a hint of the light.
Such a unique concept, renewable death. Bitter Suites was a short story that focused on customers of the hotel that specialises in recreational suicide. Customers choose their death of choice and were swiftly bought back to life. Each chapter built on the one before, but I also feel they could be read as 10 individual stories. It was completely different to anything I have read before. Can’t wait for the second book.
5 Stars! Welcome to the future where renewable death is all the rage! "Bitter Suites" is a one of a kind collection of horror stories filled with humor and pathos. Give it a read. Could this be what our future holds?