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Collecting Feathers: Tales From The Other Side Paperback – November 28, 2014
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'Collecting Feathers' transports us to a world where our mental barriers and overly constructed stories no longer reduce our existence. It opens a door to another dimension where imagination and reality collide, liberating us from our self inflicted limitations. Daniela Norris exposes gracefully in this brief but powerful collection of short stories, how we are all connected, and how without judgement, evaluation, or labels, we are capable of accessing the greatest power of our Universe.
Like an interesting doorway into a secret inner garden, Daniela Norris' stories invite you into a rich experience of strange and fascinating personal culture. Before you know it, you find yourself on the other side of familiar boundaries of this life and what is beyond.
Collecting Feathers: Tales From The Other Side offers a wonderful collection of stories set in various parts of the world and with a subtle otherworldly feel. For aficionados of the 'fantasmagoriana' short story brought up to date, this beautifully crafted collection is enhanced by those essential ingredients of a skilful use of language, evocative descriptions and read-on factor.
Suzanne Ruthven: Editor of Writers' Wheel magazine and Commissioning Editor for Compass Books
Despite the title, and repeated motifs of death and the other side; Collecting Feathers is actually a collection of tales more about the journey to get to the end point of crossing over, than death itself. Each of the short stories in this book is completely different from the last, and yet also curiously similar. This variation forms a powerful reflection of the book's major theme: the vast range of human journeys through life.
About the Author
Daniela I. Norris, a former diplomat turned political writer, lost her twenty-year-old brother in a drowning accident in May 2010. While feeling as much shock and grief as everyone else around her, she also felt something different. She felt that her brother Michael was not really gone. He was physically gone, but he was still around. That was when she embarked on a journey of learning and exploration, her very own skeptic's journey to mediumship. Her writing then shifted from political, to spiritual and inspirational. She lives with her family near Geneva, Switzerland.
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One of the strongest tales, “A Reason to Go On” has a supernatural twist as two unlikely people come together and find softness and grace in the face of tragedy. It’s the story of an aloof banker who falls into a depression and whose suicidal thoughts fall to the wayside when he meets an old lady at the train station. “Clockworks” was an inventive story as well, where watches made in Switzerland are slowing down due to physics experiments going on at the particle collider at CERN. I would have liked to have seen a more interesting conclusion to the conflict of the time loss after being drawn is so skillfully, but the idea itself had me flipping the pages. “Repent” was a great story as well. I enjoyed watching Paulo try to dig himself out of the hole he’s dug for himself.
Collecting Feathers is a well-written short story collection easily accessible to any reader, but targets the more spiritual reader with tales teetering on the edge of life and death without getting at all religious.
Thanks to the author for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
FIVE STARS Collecting Feathers rocks you into a trance with clear and gentle language, captivating stories, and an echo of déja-vu throughout. You can't help but remember your own bumps against or through the line between life and death when you read it. You'll step outside of time when you read this fascinating book, but you might find a Swiss watch to guide you. More than mystery, Daniela Norris's words will bring you to reflection on your beliefs about the eternal nature of spirit. An excellent read.
First story, A Reason to Go On, is the longest and a nice opening for the book. The beautiful prose brought me into mystical nuance without being too dark. It also has deeper character and conflict that I enjoyed. The story about insanity and a reason to live, to go on, no matter what we lose or what we couldn’t get back.
Other stories have similarities about meeting deceaded person, or when their affairs collide. However, there is one story, that became one of my favourite, that turned out being a science fiction, which is so interesting to be developed into a longer story.
In general, by reading this book, I realize that mystical stories are indeed better be short stories. Because the interesting thing about them is the mystery. They don’t need any explanation to make us believe, nor to make those stories logical. And one thing I need to highlight about this book is, it might be predictable, but it was written beautifully, that I felt like I should enjoy it bit by bit.
The narration is beautiful. I greatly enjoyed the author’s use of prose. These stories aren't
frightening or ghoulish, but mysterious and sometimes haunting.
They give the reader something to think about when done, yet eager to continue reading on to the next story.
Each and every tale has a distinct plot which the author adheres to unfailingly. They flow effortlessly, making the stories an enjoyable and easy read.
The characters are established immediately, enabling you to connect with their plights from the first page. The author created characters that you can’t help by empathize with, yet the feelings brought out vary from story to story.
As said earlier, I wouldn't consider Collecting Feathers a dark read, but wonderfully poignant. There isn't always a happy ending, but always food for thought.