Sunday, July 29
Book Review: Light Lifting
Author: Alexander MacLeod
Summary: Alexander MacLeod's along-awaited first collection of his fiction offers a suite of darkly urban and unflinching elegies. These are elemental stories of work and is bonds, tragedy and tragedy barely averted but also of beauty, love and fragile understanding.
Wonder About Parents
Adult Beginner I
The Number Three
My Rating: 9/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: A very enjoyable collection of short stories, which were darker than some of the other short story collections I've read, but the author does an excellent job at examining the human psyche, and creating stories of people at their best and worst moments in life.
There were a few times, the writing and ending of the story was almost haunting. In both Miracle Mile and Adult Beginner I, Miracle Mile. Both interesting stories, but the ending is both unexpected and gives you chills. Especially Adult Beginner I. The Loop was another story that will leave an impact on you. Although the majority of the stories in the collection will leave some kind of impression on the reader, these are some of the ones worth mentioning.
Superb writing style, I will seek out more from this author, as he's very talented at short story writing. Well developed plot and characterization makes a nearly perfect short story collection. Fantastic read overall!
Would I recommend it to read: I would, it was an excellent collection of short stories, darker than some of the other collections I read, but extremely well done and worth reading.
What to read next: This Cake is For the Party (also a 2010 Giller Finalist, and collection of short stories), Also try out Alistair MacLeod
Challenges: 12 in 12, 100+ Challenge, Canadian Reading Challenge VI, New Author Challenge, Short Story Challenge