Thursday, December 31
Book Review: Daydreams of Angels
Author: Heather O'Neill
Pages: Ebook 224
Summary: In Daydreams of Angels, O'Neill's first collection of short stories, she gives free reign to her imaginative gifts. In "The Ugly Ducklings," generations of Nureyev clones live out their lives in a grand Soviet experiment. In "Dear Piglet," a teenaged cult follower writes a letter to explain the motivation behind her crime. And in another tale, a grandmother reveals where babies come from: the beach, where young mothers-to-be hunt for infants in the surf. Each of these beguiling stories twists the beloved narratives of childhood--fairy tales, storybooks, Bible stories--to uncover the deepest truths of family life.
My Rating: 7/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: There were some very interesting short stories in this collection and others that were familiar stories, with an interesting twist - some of which I found to be clever and enjoyable, while others I found didn't work out as well as it could have. The writing by the author is incredible - but I found that my biggest issue with the collection were that a lot of the short stories didn't keep my attention. While a few stood out, most lost me half way through the story.
Overall, a good collection by the author.
Would I recommend it to read: I would. The writing was strong the stories were good - if you're a fan of short stories than it's well worth reading.
What to read next: I'd try the other Giller finalists of 2015.
Challenges: 100+ Challenge, 2015 Category Challenge, 9th Annual Canadian Book Challenge