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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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In the first story, the main character, “Ollie”, was finally being released from a mental institution after many of years. Ollie was planning on killing himself with sleeping pills which he had been storing up for some time. But then, as if by fate, he met a kind, old women. He carried her suitcases home, and was invited in for tea. He soon learned that the woman's son and father had killed themselves in the same way that he had planned. He fell asleep on her couch and “met her son” in a dream. Her son asked Ollie to take care of his mother until she passed away, giving Ollie a reason to live.
Another great story in the book is a story called “Clockworks”. It is an inventive story where watches made in Switzerland begin slowing down due to physic experiments going on at a collider at CERN.
The best story in the book was “Repent” It is a great story about a character named Paulo who tries to dig himself out of a proverbial hole which he's dug for himself.
The stories span many time periods and cultures, and the author does an amazing job bringing these stories to life. It is clear that a lot of research went into achieving these great stories.
Collecting Feathers is highly recommended.
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.