A really good short story about a murder, through the mind of the detective investigating it.
It’s written in a kind of freeze frame style, like each paragraph is describing an image, a feeling, a thought. Each a separate entity, pieces in the puzzle. A little strange at first as it’s different from the normal narrative flow we get so used to expecting, but once you get used to it it really works.
This is my first read of Janita’s work and i have to say that i like it and i’m looking forward to reading more.
Another delightful short from Janita.
It’s about a midwife who’s at work helping a woman give birth, as midwives are prone to do.
Apparently, one needs to trust ones midwife, and Janita assures the reader of this thus making it a fact.
Maybe it’s probably not a great book to read if you are pregnant.
Aldous’ first collection of short fiction, consisting of six short stories and a play.
All in all it’s quite a good read and one can see the young Aldous developing his writing. Admittedly, he is incredibly pompous at times, but one does get the feeling in “Bookshop” that he realises this and that he understands that he needs to tone it down a lot if he wants to get his ideas and thoughts across to the masses.
Definitely a must read for all Aldous fans.
A rather interesting look at Dissociative Identity Disorder before and into WWI, where one personality is a conscientious objector while the other is firmly on the side of destroying the Hun with extreme predjudice. Add to this that Richard’s other personality is female and when she takes over he has complete blackouts and things get a little out of control for him.
Yes folks, just because someone with DID is male does not mean that their other personalities are going to be male also. It doesn’t work like that. One’s other personalties are whoever they are and sometimes they will express with different genders to the host.
Superbly written in Aldous’ inimitable style.
Set in the years of WWI, Aldous introduces us to two young men, both at war, with completely contrasting views on life. I think this is Aldous’ way of reminding himself — and all of us — to not get lost in dogmatic ideologies and, instead, to grasp and enjoy the joys of life while you’re young because you never know if today will be your last.
One often gets the impression with Aldous that he liked to show off his classical education: “Oooh, hark at me, i know all these ancient Greek people and things.”
All the pompous whimsy aside, the only thing really being said here is Aldous didn’t much think that meditation was good for a person: “Let’s not count breaths, eh.”
A play. Very much a thing of its time when it comes to race, displaying Aldous’ Victorian heritage to the full.
A little romance short with Aldous stirring in another good load of the “Oooh, hark at me, i know all these ancient Greek people and things.” that we had in “Eupompus Gave Splendour to Art by Numbers”.
A short about an impulse purchase all dressed up in a rather lovely piece of descriptive writing. I felt that the undertones of this was Aldous bemoaning the great unwashed and uncultured, while, at the end, he sees that he can’t escape their influence when surrounded on all sides by them: we’re all in this shit life together. Our protagonist finally throws his impulse purchase into some bushes.
I find this story very much to have the seed of what Aldous later grew into his life’s work. The symbolism of the bookshop with its classical music, fashions, art and books; representing education, privilege and wealth; surrounded on all sides by the working classes, poverty and need. How can one enjoy such fruits when he’s reminded and intruded upon, at every moment, that so many don’t have these things.
Lully is an early christian martyr that is rescued on a passing ship. A well written short but i’m not sure what the message really is. As a devout non-christian, this kind of thing just turns my brain off.
A delightful collection of short stories that Joseph was nice enough to give away to all those of us who receive his newsletter: so sign up now!!!
A delightful little collection of short stories that i got for free in one of those BookFunnel promotions.
At the time of writing this — March 2020 — James was still giving this away in BookFunnel promotions, so if you want a copy then maybe email James and ask nicely. It’s definitely worth sending an email, just tell him you were reading this and i told you to. LOL
I only recently discovered Jason’s writing and i have to say that i’m really enjoying it.
Obsidian Worlds is a whole book full of short stories about random sci-fi things which i chose to read as inbetweenies between chapters of How Emotions Are Made. It worked out really well giving nice little breaks to allow Lisa’s cutting edge science to percolate through my synapses, although, unfortunately, there aren’t enough shorts in this collection to cover all the chapters in Lisa’s book. Ho hum, i’ll just have to find some other shorts to read.
So yeah, Jason has a Phd in philosophy and i think that kinda adds a certain flavour to Jason’s sci-fi, and i do like philosophers who chose to write stories instead of academic papers — much more fun for all of us.
A wonderful, thought provoking collection of short stories from someone who knows how to write short stories. All i have to say about it is … just read it.
I’m practising keeping my reviews succinct and to the point: i think i’ve got that mastered!
Well worth the 5 star rating i gave it on goodreads.