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Mallery is an extremly talented writer, her style lures the reader, you actually become a part of her tapestry of expression. She is diverse in all her undertakings demonstrating her gift of writing, all her books are worthy of perusal.
An absolute standout short story collection, the very first story will leave you stunned, clearly setting the pace for more to follow as you ease your way through the facetious authoresses maze of well crafted plots and captivating characters, worthy of high praise.
My favorite of the stories was "Traffic Jam," with its telling snapshots of people's lives inside various vehicles during a traffic jam in which the highway is completely shut down for a time. These vignettes were not only interesting, but demonstrated insight and understanding into the way people think and behave. With a clear and engaging storytelling style, Ms. Mallery shows how quickly life can turn in unexpected directions.
Another stand-out story is "Him", an Historical Fiction Winner of the Golden Shorts competition. Even though the story's reveal of the title character came as no surprise to me (as I was once a cast member in a college production of a certain revolutionary and shocking musical play), the story was nevertheless very involving and suspenseful. I also thoroughly enjoyed the vignettes in the short story "Pillow Chat", which used important events in the lives of several couples to reveal much about their characters and society in general.
If you enjoy deftly-written stories that will stay with you even once you've closed the book, don't miss TALES TO COUNT ON.
I really appreciated how historical fiction was masterfully interweaved with the present time tales, which will certainly make this collection even more appealing to a wide audience of readers. The writing is sharp and clever, and the characters are complex and very well-developed, despite the fact that normally character development is very hard to show in a short story just because of its length, but Ms. Mallery met the task admirably. Beautiful work!
Mallery’s endings keep me holding my breath until the very last word, and this made for ultra-engaged reading as I tried to anticipate where it was going, only to suffer whiplash at the end—19 times! (I should be wearing a neckbrace).
“Tales to Count On” contains vintage Mallery, like the Prize-Winning “Him,” (3191 words), a romantic and shocking spin on a notorious episode of the French Revolution. It’s déjà vu all over again in “Pillow Chat,” (3611 words), which juxtaposes the pillow chats of three married couples from three periods of American history --the Revolutionary, the Civil War and the modern-- to reiterate a heartening message: the hard times are a gift. We always come out better. “Tales to Count On” features impressive departures from the historical trenches, as well. I was really struck by “First Impressions.” This remarkable story, about a compassionate English teacher who learns the secret of her conceited student, gives a long-lingering insight into human nature as it is, not as we wish it was.
If you are starved for good reading, if you want to be dazzled, shocked and entertained at any time of the day, however busy you are, and to revel in storytelling at its best, this book is a gift for you.
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