Author : Madhulika Liddle
Publisher : Speaking Tiger
Genre : Short Stories
Source : Publisher
Rating : 3.5 stars
Author : Siddharth Dasgupta
Publisher : Niyogi Books
Genre : Short Stories, Literary Fiction
Source : Publisher
Rating : 4.5/5
Fast Women Neon Lights is a collection of eighteen short stories from different authors, set in the 80s. It is described as neon noir and I have absolutely no clue what that means but I was on a Short Story kick, still am, so I excitedly requested this. I must admit, I had really high hopes when I started off but it quickly went down and when I finished I was mostly feeling “Meh”.
Almost all the stories have a “this time, it was different” or “this was his/her shot” kind of theme running through it. Yes, it is crime inspired but I was hoping for a little variety but most of them felt like they were running into each other and after a while it all started to blur and got too predictable. This isn’t necessarily the authors’ fault, more the person who put the anthology together.
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Let’s take a moment to admire that gorgeous cover, shall we!
Done. Now to the review.
These circuses that sweep through the landscape is the first book by author Tejaswini Apte-Rahm. She has contributed to another book but I’m not too sure about that. For a debut collection this was rather impressive with each story standing out from the other and none of them feeling like twins. Believe it or not this is rather rare in short story collections so this is probably going to be one of my favourite books of 2017.
I wanted to come up with a witty title for this post but then the title of the book I’m reading is witty in itself, no need to make any attempt and pull up short! The Virginity of Famous Men is the first book I’ve read by Christine Sneed. I didn’t know much about her credentials but I did hear that she was published in The O’Henry Prize Stories and that combined with the title made me quite curious about this collection. Continue reading
Sum by David Eagleman is a book I did not expect to enjoy as much as I did. These are 40 tales from the afterlife and even though I vaguely remember Jen (Jen Campbell) praising this collection I didn’t really recall what she said when I bought it. So when I opened it expecting ghost stories and creepy tales I was sort of disappointed. But this disappointment lasted all of three seconds because within those three seconds I was hooked and this has now become my favourite short “story” collection of 2016.