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- Print Length: 103 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0988366940
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- Publisher: Someday Press (April 15, 2014)
- Publication Date: April 15, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00K3TFHBA
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The writing style uses a lot of fragments, but they are usually quite clear as to meaning. Nevertheless, sometimes I got the impression the author is teasing his readers. As an example, the last one is ridden with similes and metaphors, and arguably somewhat bizarre ones. This is followed by a questionnaire asking whether you approve, and what makes you an authority anyway. If you like that attitude, this is for you. If you need uplifting, if you prefer your stories to be free of obscurities, and if you dislike noir, it is not for you.
I’m not even going to go into each story, since each story is so short, that going too deep into the plots would be pointless. However, I can say that each story is different enough from the last, and each are so short, that you can’t really seem to get your footing on anything the entire time. You will feel uneasy, suspenseful, hopeful, queasy, or downright horrified, and then the author shifts gears with a twist in the story, or a completely different story altogether.
I really enjoyed this collection of “flash fiction”, which is a type of story shorter than a short story, and not made up stories of a man only wearing a trenchcoat, as I originally thought. Sometimes I can’t understand how someone like Stephen King can write an absolute tome of a book like The Stand, and keep it interesting throughout, and other times I can’t understand how someone like Carl Plumer can get me so invested in a story in such a short time. I am very impressed, and will keep an eye out for more releases of this ilk.
The writing, like always, stands out with a humor that makes you grit your teeth and laugh at the same time. I loved the story about the boy at his birthday party the most, but I guess that’s because it hit close to home.
I really hope to see more from the author soon and would recommend this to anyone with a darker sense of humor. It’s a short read, but will stick with you all the same.
The stories are unsettling in their brevity. Your mind is left to fill in the details or not. A few seem more like poetry than short stories, and I’m sure there would be a wide range of interpretations in a study group.
I chose not to dig to deep into their meanings. If a story left me with a particular feeling, I didn’t read into it because I knew the next one would lead somewhere else. Although short stories usually mean you can read one at a time, I felt these all flowed together so I kept reading to the end. I don’t know that I would recommend this book due to the subject matter and the lack of happy endings.
As the name implies, death plays a decent role in this whole collection, but not so much that we lose interest or get too "down" about it. Frankly, there is a whole lot in this book to enjoy, namely the celebration of life that most of his stories eventually reveal. From the perspectives of those left behind, we see resilience, hope, and potential for the future in many of these stories, despite their basis or connection to mortality. I would definitely suggest this as a book for a person in need of some quality musing and quiet time with their thoughts. It's deeper than you think.