- File Size: 717 KB
- Print Length: 61 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: November 30, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077VLSHR5
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,567 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Bonds That Bind: A Short Story Collection Kindle Edition
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The stories each bring an interesting perspective to the table and the depth at which the author explores these characters in such a short amount of time is quite impressive. Towards the end of each story I found myself feeling connected to a degree with each character involved and the worlds they were all apart of. There is no shortage of detail in the few pages that make up each story as scenes are painted wonderfully without the drawback of dragging on with needless information.
As I've said, I'm a very slow reader and consider each word carefully and Wiggins managed to keep things well written without being too verbose and thankfully I don't find him overwriting the scenes. Diction within these stories is well enough to satisfy someone a bit more advanced or like me who enjoys more simplistic writing styles, so points there.
Possibly the only issue that I have - if you could call it an issue - is that the stories are so short! Imagine the development that could take place if just a few more pages were involved with each tale; however, every sentence and paragraph is carefully crafted which has allowed him to do the one thing I love most about skilled authors. Write enough to tell the story. That may sound like a backhanded compliment but to me it is so very important to keep things within reason and to keep the pace flowing. If at anytime within these stories Wiggins decided to talk about anything else, it would have lessened the worth and weight of each piece.
Remember how I implied being verbose is bad?
TL;DR It's good. Read it, time well invested.
There are six stories total, each around or under ten pages, and every single one of them poke at questions of morality. Wiggins creates relateable and understandable characters and then throws them into situations that are very much less than desirable. It’s interesting to see how the characters react to said situations. Very thought provoking!
The writing style itself is great, and the characters are surprisingly well developed given the short length of each story. I felt like some of the more dramatic scene’s were cut short, maybe rushed. I would have loved to see more detailed endings, perhaps a little bit longer per story. If Austin ever writes a full length novel then I will most definitely read it!
Those short stories by Austin are much alike pralines: you eat one and then without even knowing it you've finished the whole box. The writing is reminiscent of authors such as Raymond Carver; and I'm not exaggerating. And much like Carver, Austin shows us the humor and tragedy that dwell in the hearts of ordinary people. I didn't expect twists and turns of plot in the beginning, while I was excitingly looking for them in the last stories. Each tale is different; but all of them share the same sharp analysis of the human soul.
This is a great debut and I hope to see more from the author.
However, I definitely recommend this read. The characters were complex yet relatable. The stories themselves are fantastic reads, plenty of in-depth details without dragging on. All in all, I'd definitely read it again.