Do you like short stories? Check out my review of Tales of Whimsy: Four Stories of Unlikely Heroes by local Iowa author Stacie Sugioka. Even if are unsure about short stories, you might considering giving Stacie’s debut book a shot.
Genre: anthologies and short stories
After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia
edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
Let’s just say that if you are fan of destroyed worlds, this anthology is one you should consider picking up. Filled with stories about creepy worlds with kids doing what they can to survive, this anthology will no disappoint.
“The Memory Lights”, a short story by K.M. Weiland packs a punch in its 34 pages. Set in gritty Victorian London, we are quickly introduced to Mary who is haunted by the street lights and is hanging out with the wrong crowd. I was reminded of Oliver Twist, Sherlock Homes and Jack the Ripper as I raced through this story. I want to know more about Mary and the tragedy that involved the two men in her life, Alex and Jack. After finishing “The Memory Lights” I felt a need to seek out more of K.M. Weiland’s works to see her full length works pack as much punch (strong world building & intriguing characters) as this 34-page short story. K.M Weiland will be featured In the Spotlight in 2016! Her latest novel releases on December 4. Invite your favorite author or blogger to be In the Spotlight! Click to tweet: There are #free interviews & more at @2ndRunReviews for #authors & #bloggers! Check out In the Spotlight. http://ctt.ec/yf0c9+ The Quick Book ReviewThe Memory Lights Twitter 13 Facebook 1 Google+ 0 Pinterest 0 StumbleUpon 0
Huge fan of fairy tale retellings here and this short story, which I started and finished over my lunch hour, certainly fits the bill. However, it falls short of being a true retelling. Basically, Keifer took Snow White’s story, changed the character names slightly (and not very creatively, IMO) and then attempted to tell the story from the point of view of self-centered, vain Prince Charming. There’s nothing new except for injecting a feisty, almost offensive personality into Bones (Doc). Snow White comes across as weak damsel who everyone is obsessed with. Beyond her beauty, there’s not much in her head. This is a lighter read and if you are looking for a palate cleanser that might deliver a couple of chuckles, this might be a good read. But if you are looking for a fresh take on a classic fairy tale, keep moving along. There’s nothing new here. The Quick Review book review romancing snow white kiefer Twitter 6 Facebook 7 Google+ 0 Pinterest 0 StumbleUpon 0