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Blue: Selected Short Stories, Vol. Two Paperback – July 5, 2011
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You start reading one and then it is like eating potato chips you've read another then another. Before you know it you've read them all.
Overall Feedback: Wodke does a great job of intertwining multiple short stories to create a book of shorts that intigues and satiates your need as a reader for that escape. Each short gives just enough to make you feel entertained but does not hold back so much that you feel discouraged from continuing to the next story. An interesting fact about the author is that the name Wodke Hawkinson is a combination of the authors (dual author, both women) last name. Perfect for the creative aspect of their work.
Point of View: Interesting enough Wodke gives us the feeling from the main characters view throughout all the stories and only detracts from this a little but not enough to cause alarm.
Voice: Perfect for each story and really draws the reader in to each short as the book unfolds.
Character Development: This could have been an area in the book that could have been easily failed but Wodke does well to develop each character within each short to perfection.
Plot: To define the plot of a collection of shorts is entirely subjective as each short has within itself it's own plot but I feel the author did well to interlace each story with each other to allow the readers to follow each short in itself but draw a bigger picture from the book as a whole.
Dialogue: Without flaw and only ensures the reader is drawn into the story.
Pacing: Wodke does well to push the reader from one story to the next without making the reader feel as if they had a huge pause an needed to get back into the book once again.
Setting: Each short brings about its' own setting and Wodke gives you just enough to drive your imagination into the world they created and you feel and imagine this world as the author first dreamed.
Continuity: Again without flaw, Wodke is excellant at bringing each short together on the grand scheme but allowing each to stand on their own.
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