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I am certain that if you enjoy gritty, real, raw, emotional (if not slightly detached) fiction, I strongly recommend "A Soundless Dawn". I haven't been disappointed in a collection from LaValley yet, and the trend continues.
Short stories in a short collection, much of Dustin LaValley’s A Soundless Dawn has an I-can’t-quite-put-a-finger-on-it feeling. This is a product of the flash pieces and micro flash pieces. One sentence, two, ten sentences, these little stories freckle this collection with a strange dread, a longing, a darkness that carries a feeling of… hmm. This is not a bad feeling, it is unusual and endearing, like wine-tasting from someone's brainpan. These little bridges do a strangely big job piecing together the short stories, which for most parts are good, leaning to great.
In one instance, worth the cover price and probably then some, is an incredible story of rich humanity and emotion. Sand Bucket feels very much like something penned by Harlan Ellison, though done so without the pretension. It’s a grim and dark tale of the world surrounding a boy and his bucket of sand. It really was a tremendous piece of fiction and I'll do it no justice explaining any further.
A Soundless Dawn is equal parts intriguing and curious. It’s quietly dark and drips emotion. This is one of the best Sinister Grin books I’ve read yet.
I love this guy's work, I'd wholeheartedly recommend to anyone who likes their literature dark and thought-provoking. I will certainly be catching more of LaValley's work in the very near future!
My favorites are "Picture-in-Picture," an interesting experiment in juxtaposition, and "The Secrets of Dr. Sortelli," which, speaking of juxtaposition, is oddly traditional and out of character with he rest of the pieces, but still a great read.
If you're looking for a book that breaks the rules of literature and is wholly its own, pick up A Soundless Dawn by LaValley.