- File Size: 446 KB
- Print Length: 127 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1541337492
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Creativia; 1 edition (December 18, 2016)
- Publication Date: December 18, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01NBMAHZ6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,719,884 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Seeing Collier’s photo, one of a demure lady raised on an Iowa farm, who has had such “normal” occupations as a collector, bookkeeper, receptionist, and board member of a Historical Society, one would never guess she has a literary penchant for witches, vampires and assorted other unusual and creepy characters. In “Twisted Tales from a Skewed Mind” (one of several Twisted anthologies) Collier takes us through a variety of intriguing sagas that begin rather tepidly - or should I say calmly, as before the tornado of a plot. Her adept use of language to create colorful images around the narrative is masterful. She draws you into each scenario, envelops you with descriptions that breathe life into each character and setting - and then the TWIST. Whoa What’s this? And why is it over already? I want more.
From the boy who wouldn’t grow old, to a young witch who wants to be normal (what does that mean?), to the housewife who wishes for a double to do her chores while she plays (be careful what you wish for), to the teen who wants a pair of pink Cowgirl boots that turn out to be mind-bending, and 11 other tableaus, we encounter characters who lives are never the same and neither are we after reading about their weird and captivating dilemmas.
Writing short stories is an art form requiring a writer to paint a landscape of scintillating word pictures in a thumbnail of space. Part fantasy, part horror, and part humor, Collier’s renderings are perfect for readers who wants jam-packed wildly creative adventures in a brief space of time.
What keep me from awarding a full 4 stars is that many of the stories' conclusions were unsatisfying to me. These types of stories are best ended with either a surprise twist, or an explanation for the strange events that have taken place. Here, many of the endings felt unfinished or lacking. The author does really well at the build up, but when it time to conclude I feel like she doesn't always know how to wrap these up. As a result there were stories with interesting premises that had me eager to learn what was going on, but after reading the ending I just felt empty and unsatisfied.
Additionally there were too many tales of vampires. I'm not against vampire tales (well, maybe Twilight) but these ones didn't really add anything new to the genre. Well maybe the tale of the vampire in the desert was somewhat original, but the other 2 or 3 were lacking in my opinion.
For prospective readers I would suggest clicking on the book and reading the sample. It contains the first 2 stories in the collection and you should be able to get a feel for if the story style is for you, or if, like me, you found the endings a little disappointing.