- Paperback: 186 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 16, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1981402411
- ISBN-13: 978-1981402410
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,171,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The last couple of stories seemed to be rushed with too much going on in too short of a time and with too many informational gaps making the ending a little too abrupt, but not enough to drop it down to three stars. I
Give the end a 3.5 but an overall 4.0 stars.
Shadows of the Mind takes place in a very lived-in universe. These characters have extensive backgrounds and their lives weave together like a tapestry, so it's fitting that their short stories imitate that. Faint threads carry from work to work: a bracelet, a murder, an android. The world is a complex one, but Jourdan leads you deeper and deeper into its bleak depths while completely trusting your ability as a reader to grasp everything she throws at you. While there are sparks of hope, moments when lovers come together or friends find each other again, more often there is betrayal, devastation, and fear in these stories. There is juxtaposition in the pages - human skin and synthetic blood, satin sheets and steel walls, cosy bistros and dim city streets, a lover's hold and a betrayer's grip.
These characters speak through pain, through courage, through loss. They've become as known to me as the memory of an old breath in my lungs. Every journey into this literary world brings new realizations and new knowledge, but more than that, it allows me to spend time with these people - not characters - I've come to know over the years. I would recommend to others to give Lacrimosa a read, then pick up Shadows of the Mind to re-experience the novel in a compact slant, as Jourdan finds a way to fit every twist and turn of the plot and every crevice of an expansive universe into a clear-cut, structurally sound, standalone short story that still communicates with the short stories preceding and following it. Shadows of the Mind is a community of words. It is not a collection. It is not aimless prose. Community is the only word to describe it.