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Empty, Not Hollow: and other stories Paperback – August 27, 2014
About the Author
A.C. Adams was about thirteen when she discovered the only thing more fun than reading science fiction and horror was writing it herself. She's mainly a short story gal, but she recently wrenched a novel from her gray matter—a sci-fi comedy about monsters from another dimension—and is trying to find it a home. You can read about her life, her latest projects, and her devotion to red wine at AmyCAmyDo.com. You can also like her author page on Facebook (facebook.com/amycamydo) or follow her on Twitter (@AmyCAmyDo).
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It's not long--92 pages on the Kindle--but it's ideal for sitting back with a big glass of red wine (The book is dedicated to red wine, so that should tip you off), and reading.
In a normal book review, I'd give a long summary of the plot, then my personal reactions and analysis, blah-cubed.
With this book, this is impossible, as there are so many different short stories--some are very short--that the review would be longer than the book.
Suffice to say that A.C. Adams is a very talented, eccentric soul. These stories range from zombies, to armed robbery, to dystopian horror, to a household appliance run completely amok.
What makes "Empty, Not Hollow" so much fun to read is the author's tone. You can sense the fun she's having creating these stories. The stories are well crafted, too--don't get me wrong--but most of them have a certain background joy to them.
There are also some last sentence surprise endings, perfect for the short story format.
All-in-all, this is not a Joyce Carol Oates collection--and she's one of my favorite short story writers. It's a quick, fun read, one that will make you double check your vacuum cleaner (read the book, and you'll know why).
The sometimes violent nature of some of these stories is perfectly balanced by the heart and humor of her characters. They go together like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a glass of ice-cold milk: You can’t have one without the other.
Above all I felt that this collection was a showcase of storytelling. I got sucked in from the first page, like a gerbil into a Roomba, say, and didn't come back out for air until I was finished with the entire book.
My only issue with this collection is that I was left wanting more. I’m sure I’ll feel the same way after every one of this author’s works. Fortunately, it looks like that will happen often because this is a storyteller that we are going to be hearing a lot more from in the future. Loved it!