The Opposite of Loneliness

The Opposite of Loneliness

Author: Marina Keegan
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Star Rating: 4/5
Date Read: August 1st to 5th, 2014
Read Count: 1
Thank you to the publisher for sending me this copy. This did not influence my review in any way.

The Opposite of Loneliness is an affecting collection of stories and essays by Marina Keegan, who died tragically in a car accident only five days after her graduation from Yale. She was already an accomplished writer and left behind a whole catalogue of work, as young budding writers collate. In her memory, her family, friends and teachers put together nine stories and nine essays for this book, titled The Opposite of Loneliness, also the title of an essay she wrote about leaving Yale.

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Trust and Treachery: Tales of Power and Intrigue

Editor: Day Al-Mohamed and Meriah L. Crawford
Publisher: Dark Quest Books
Star Rating: 3/5
Date Read: July 3rd to 7th, 2014
Thank you to the publishers for providing this ebook in exchange for an honest review. This did not alter my review in any way.

Trust and Treachery is an anthology of short stories, showing some of the best and worst of human nature. Stories of betrayal and mislaid trust abound in this collection that spans across a variety of authors, genres and worlds. One moment you are reading about intergalactic space travel between planets and the relations between their inhabitants, the next the double life of a travelling salesman. This book has got it all, providing something for everyone. But individually, it will probably only have a little for you. Continue reading

The Wars Of Heaven

Author: Richard Currey
Publisher: Santa Fe Writer’s Project
Star Rating: 3.5/5
Date Read: May 26th, 2014
Thank you to LibraryThing and the author for providing me with a copy of this book.

The Wars of Heaven is a book of short stories and also the novella ‘The Love of a Good Woman’, in which Currey paints a picture of working class America in the twenties and thirties. He tells the story of the every day – the marriage of a train engineer to a younger woman, the life and loss of coal miners, the wanderings of an epileptic man, a young boy whose birth robs his father of the love of his life, a robber who finds himself in a snowballing misunderstanding and finally in ‘The Love of a Good Woman’ we meet Delbert Keene, who could have been given his own novel. These people live, love a bit and they suffer too much as they work their way through life.

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The Blue Bedroom And Other Stories

Author: Rosamunde Pilcher
Publisher: Hodder
Star Rating: 4/5
Date Read: May 5th to May 8th, 2014
Not everyone can write short stories well. It takes a different kind of skill, I think. You haven’t got a couple of hundred pages to write an epic story and develop brilliant characters. You only have maybe twenty pages to tell a story and introduce characters in a way that leaves an impression, then you have to leave those characters behind for a new story. It takes a different sort of reader, too, to appreciate the brilliance of the stories.

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