Five Urban Stories: And Something Better (Dalcolle's Urban Stories Book 1) Kindle Edition
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★★★★★ "...the third story is absolute genius..., Alfred Hitchcock style thriller" - Captain Corey
★★★★★ "Fast paced, and daring, a great discovery..." - I.M. Redwright
★★★★ "Something very different.." - J. Domino
★★★★ "I enjoyed the brevity of the stories that unfold at line speed.." - Franco Castelli
From the Author
And in no time, you'll undergo the last sardonic mockery, or better, Something Better.
A pity, it's already finished!
- File size : 4642 KB
- Publisher : F. C. & Partners Publishing (June 14, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Publication date : June 14, 2020
- ASIN : B088Q2Z5V6
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 110 pages
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,724,377 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The style is blunt. Although I believe the author is Italian, his English translation is decent, with only a few hiccups in language choice - which rather then detracting, gave a nice foreign flavor to the writing.
I found several of the book’s observations astute and thought-provoking. Here’s one that caught my eye:
“Having the occasion when you didn’t have the means, and having the means when you didn’t have the occasion, was one of the most frequent pranks of life.”
The book opens with the best (and longest) of its stories. At first, it seems to be a tale of sadness and depravity – a realistic depiction of the ruin wrought by drug involvement. Then suddenly, our protagonist Fausto shows a hint of moral backbone, at which point the situation becomes much more interesting. When a story incites real concern for its characters, without any reassurance of their success, that’s when you know you’ve found a good one.
None of the other stories quite held up to the first, in my opinion. But they did present complicated and surprising situations. The third story, especially, had some fascinating elements, but the main character was such a sleazeball I spent most of my mental energy despising him rather than paying attention to the plot.
ALL of the characters were sexually loose in the extreme, having sex at the drop of a hat. As a woman who chooses to be more discriminatory in her dating choices, I found this distasteful, and a drawback to my enjoyment of the book.
Indeed, if the stories share a theme as a whole, it is sex. Sex without love. And the scenarios that might arise in such cases. Personally, I have to say, it was not my favorite theme. But for the right reader, I imagine it could prove very compelling.
The 2nd story is quite Edgar Allan Poe-ish for what the character experiences have a dash of the macabre and the forthcoming second part promises to be even better and more Poe like. I have to give this story two thumbs up just for the mental state the main character is left in. However, the third story is absolute genius, and, without a spoiler, I’ve never read anything like it or read anything so fast in my life in order to keep up with this gripping, fast paced, Alfred Hitchcock style thriller. The entire book gets five stars just for this must-read story alone. The fifth also gets two thumbs up; where a chance conversation with an old flame on a bus and a phone call from a son are intertwined together with a mathematical “cake” formula to create a conclusion worthy of the opium laced mind of the great Sherlock Holmes. Yet is the solution right or wrong? You decide.
Warning, there is quite a bit of adult language and topic. But his stories were fun. I often found myself laughing, at times, as I read the passages.
The author Thomas Dalcolle does a good job of describing his characters and scenes. I enjoyed his writing style.
His attempts at using proper English were so noticeable it was disturbing, but sometimes laughable. Being an American I am far more accustomed to colloquial language. Especially when it comes to dialogue. Whereas I might have a villain say, “I am gonna kick your butt!” Thomas might say, “I am going to thrash you soundly!”
But, if you are looking for something a little different, by all means grab a copy of Five Urban Stories. Just for the fun of it.
I received this book as a free review copy from Goodreads and am voluntarily leaving a review.