Thursday, October 31

Book Review: Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility

Title: Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility

Author: Theodora Armstrong

Pages: 292

Summary: Set against the divergent landscape of British Columbia — from the splendours of nature to its immense dangers, from urban grease and grit to dry, desert towns — Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility examines human beings and their many frailties with breathtaking insight and accuracy.

Théodora Armstrong peoples her stories with characters as richly various — and as compelling — as her settings. A soon-to-be father and haute cuisine chef mercilessly berates his staff while facing his lack of preparedness for parenthood. A young girl revels in the dark drama of the murder of a girl from her neighbourhood. A novice air-traffic specialist must come to terms with his first loss — the death of a pilot — on his watch. And the dangers of deep canyons and powerful currents spur on the reckless behaviour of teenagers as they test the limits of bravery, friendship, and sex.

Whale stories
Art of eating
Thanks to Carin
Spider in the jar
Clear skies, no wind, 100% visibility
Mosquito Creek

My Rating: 7.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I liked some of the short stories, some have a shock value to it, where I found myself surprise and in one case, disgusted, by the characters, but I did find the was some appeal to the book. Despite a few bumps in the road. A few of the initial stories just didn't appeal to me, but as I read further into the collection, I did find I was enjoying the stories.

The two stories in this collection that stood out the most for me were Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility and Mosquito Creek. Both were the two that stood out the most for me and I guess I could say they were my favourites of the collection. They were definitely ones that had characters and stories that stuck with you long after you finish them. Whale Stories was one I didn't like much at all, but it was also a story that stuck with you once it was over. I think that was one great thing about the collection, I may not have liked the actual content of a lot of the books, or found them to be not very interesting, but they were all stories that stick with you once you've finished them.

It wasn't a collection that gripped me and there were some short stories I didn't like, but in the end I found that they were fairly well written and the collection as a whole was well worth reading.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, especially to anyone who enjoys short stories, and I know of a few fellow bloggers out there, who would enjoy this collection.

What to read next: Lift Lightning, Whirl Away, The Sometimes Lake, This Cake is for the Party

Challenges: 2013 Category Challenge, 7th Annual Canadian Book Challenge


  1. I was surprised this didn't make an appearance on one of the prizelists this season, but then I guess I can't complain about short stories not getting enough attention THIS year!

    1. There seems to be a lot of surprises on who made the lists this year, I've found that some of the longlisted and ones like this one that were just eligible where far more engaging and readable than some of the ones who've won. It will be interesting to see how the rest of this year's award ceremonies go.