Modern Day Fables Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- Publication date : May 16, 2016
- Publisher : D2 Books (May 16, 2016)
- ASIN : B01FTBY9UG
- Print length : 262 pages
- File size : 725 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #729,395 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I didn’t enjoy the first two stories so for me the collection didn’t start strong. With the first one, while the world the authors created was very inventive I felt a little confused by the sudden ending, and the second never really hit its stride. However, I felt much better about the following stories. My personal faves were Eye Contact – about a group of wacky characters playing poker and trying to best each other (the funniest of the bunch!), Bully -a junior high teacher tries to build support for an anti-bullying campaign, and The IV Club. I don’t want to give too much away with this last one because it builds up suspense but it’s very creepy!
Overall, this was an interesting modern take on the classic fables from our childhood. The techy aspects were a great addition as it really updated the stories and gave a cool futuristic look at where our world may be in a few (or more) years!
"Precipice" was so good that I just really wanted the story to keep going, but since these are short stories, I suppose making this story longer would define it as a novel.
I normally don't read fiction. It's very rare that I do. However, I do favor a good fable. I've loved fables since I was a child and "Modern Fables" was written for grown ups with a modern twist. So, I was open to reading it!
Each contributing author had a different writing style which made reading each fable interesting.
I recommend this book as a good one for that commute in the morning on public transit! You won't be disappointed and your ride will be more pleasurable if you're reading this!
Although I don't typically find myself drawn to read short stories, I am glad I picked up this volume. I quickly became engrossed, drawn in by the writing, the interesting plot lines, and the characters. The stories, some idiosyncratic, some visionary, are engaging and turn out fascinating protagonists; the characters are ordinary and relatable, yet possess a sensitivity, self-possession, and keenness of insight as they navigate the world.
The stories encompass a variety of experiences and settings, from a virtual screen reality to the reaches of death. While each one exists for the sake of its own story, I began to notice some common themes. The one that emerged most strongly involves the individual's struggle against society, represented at times by parent and teacher, and at times by culture at large. "IV Club" is set in a school (IV stands for "Innocent Victims") It's interesting to note the name of the club shares the same initials as "intravenous", which is an apt name for a school club led by a vengeful, twisted teacher who attempts to infuse students with ideas that threaten to erase their individuality. This theme also comes across in "Pill" in which a doctor prescribes a mood altering drug to a vulnerable college student. In "Precipice," the menace of society is exceptionally vivid as a pressing force that pursues Jake to the edge of a cliff, and while one might suppose death is his only way out, the author does suggest an alternative.
While I noticed this theme penetrates a number of stories, others were more sharply focused on a single, seemingly mundane experience that drives the plot. "Eye Contact" examines the nonverbal behaviors that influence a poker game; "Sadman" is about the irked feeling the performer protagonist feels after a stranger calls him Mr. Sadman. The experience is gently transformative as he alters the content of his songs but insists at the end of the story, "I wasn't a changed man, I hadn't seen the light or anything." One of my favorites was the last story, "Not the Same," in which the narrator demonstrates interesting self-consciousness as he maintains that "I am not an artist" even as his photographs are exhibited in museums.
An enjoyable read, Modern Day Fables is also thought provoking. It is well worth the read!