When Disconnected Kindle Edition
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Most of these tales take place in a mildly fantastical universe, although a couple keep their feet on the ground for a more ‘normal’ feel. One story has some odd sort of aliens. Another involves a sort of end of the world scenario seen through the eyes of a woman who has outlived her peers. There’s a method of sort-of time traveling that de-ages a small group of people. There’s also a mostly normal school field trip that ends in an oddly bizarre way–it felt a little out of place to me (both the normality and the weird ending).
When Disconnected is a thoughtful collection of tales. I think anyone who’s felt disconnected from their peers or their families will find something in here to relate to. These are relatively short stories, often a small enclosed tale or a slice of life. The book has an introspective tone to it, which worked for me. I found one story ending to be a bit confusing, but I think maybe it was supposed to be confusing. I think. Possibly.
When Disconnected doesn’t take a lot of time to read, but it did succeed in drawing me into those short tales.
I have never really read short stories before, but I found this collection compelling. Whilst they span several different genres, they each present a fascinating look at human reactions to startling scenarios. After each one, I found myself pausing to think, ‘what would I do, if it were me?’ These are stories which prompt daydreams and musings.
The collection begins with ‘Emotion’, an original exploration of the personification of inner demons. This contrasts sharply with the fairy tale-like atmosphere in ‘Shill and Shadows’ (one of my favourite). From there, the author explores the challenge of survival in a post-apocalyptic world in ‘Left for Dust’, with graphic descriptions of Harren’s struggle to find life. ‘Shaded’ – another personal favourite – touches on the paranormal to look at how we deal with grief. Next, ‘Affinities’ is a coming of age story, following Kainen’s attempts to fit in and find his place in life. ‘Timely Journey’ was the one that made think the most. The characters in this short story find themselves in a unique position and realise that one person’s dream could be another person’s nightmare. The premise is completely original and had me pondering my own response to such a situation for quite a while. ‘Mingle’ touches again on the theme of ‘fitting in’ with a modern school setting, and finally, ‘Startorn’ has more of a sci-fi feel, but is still rooted in human responses and human emotions.
Overall, this is an extremely intelligent collection which has something to appeal to everyone. Read it when you have a little time to stop and reflect.
Hold on to your kindle as you take a journey through various tales, each unique in story and message. This short story collection has something to entertain everyone, and will push the boundaries of your imagination. From a forest of shadows to a passenger train, the settings are diverse.As one reviewer rightly described Shill and Shadows to portray a fairy tale like quality, I found Timely Journey to be a homage to Twilight Zone and stories of that nature. Although some stories are fantasy, it is easy to relate to the characters and situations which gives the stories and the author a great deal of credibility.
The style, descriptions and dialogue are well written and realistic. The great thing about such a collection is that if one story line is not for you, there are plenty more in which to immerse yourself. This book is indeed short, as another reviewer stated, however, it gives us a sampling of what is to come from a promising new author. It is also a great choice for those who may commute or travel, as the pages will fly by quickly.So turn off your computer and check out "When Disconnected" for yourself today.
I've always found poetry to be personal, both to the author and to the readers it connects with. Poetry is akin to flavour and everyone has different tastes. I like my poetry the way I like my coffee: cool, dark, bitter, and with a slap in the face at the end to ensure I'm fully awake. For me, the more poetic stories didn't connect as well as the ones written in a more literary style, but that is my preference and should in no way reflect on the quality of poetic prose; some love jazz, some don't.
There were a few stories in this collection that stepped away from the poetic style, and it was these stories that stirred my imagination into overdrive, even long after finishing the stories. Some of the stories played out like movie trailers that made me eager to see the movie, Startorn was one of those stories, and my favourite of the collection, followed by Mingle, and Left For Dust. Each and any of these stories could be the synopsis for an episode of the Twilight zone.
This author was new to me, and i'm interested to see the work she produces in the future, perhaps a novella expanding on the Startorn story. (hint, hint)
On the merit of the stories that conformed to my often narrow taste, I give this collection 4 stars
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This set of short stories is quite diverse, but each tale makes you think. I’m not sure that I got the right answer or the correct revelation in every case, but maybe that was the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Books R Best
I'm not usually a fan of short stories, because by the time you've really immersed yourself in the plot and characters, it's over. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Disconnected is an excellent title for this collection of short stories, which has been written in a series of different genres. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Angela Lockwood
Highly recommend to readers who enjoy literary fiction in bite sized pieces.
I often struggle to rate short story collections for 2 reasons, a, the quality varies and b, I... Read more
Prior to reading this book I was not sure what to expect but I can certainly say that this is an interesting, unique, small collection of short stories that are well written and... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Lacey
Each story has its own voice and spins its own yarn. Each story is well written and imaginative. Somehow each story felt connected to the next, which is odd taking the book’s title... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Marberi
I took this short story collection on a long journey with me this weekend, and it seemed entirely fitting, especially when sitting on a train reading ‘Timely Journey’ - one of my... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lesley Hayes
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