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on Nov. 10, 2012 :
This was such a unique book to read. Broken down into individual tales and treasures that were both entertaining and heart felt.
It feels like ages since i heard stories told in this way, that it warmed a certain stop of recognition.
Beautifully written and enchanting to read, Rachel has seemed to have taken a modern twist of folklore and other such tales and draws in you to possibilities that get you thinking and looking at the box at other angles and not just outside.
I loved Rachels insight and explanations to each story she told, and this, to me made the book that much more personal and you could feel the raw passion and the heart that went into this work.
The writing style was captivating and drew in the reader to the belief of the story being told.
Rachel has two other books; Run, Clarissa, Run And Gravity that look like a really good read also.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Nov. 07, 2012 :
This collection of short stories I found particularly enjoyable, focusing as it did around two sets of themes that were both explored in interesting ways: folklore and tales (trolls, the Boondangle spirit, Sleeping Beauty…), and LGBT-related issues (which would definitely deserve to be ‘advertised’ more, because they’re part of the book’s strong points). The author’s own evolution is reflected in those stories, and what’s at stake in them is carried in ways that seem just natural—in the open, but also with a certain subtlety that makes them flow.
As usual with short stories, every reader has his/her favourite ones. I definitely liked the “Troll stories” a lot, for the way they integrate myths and changeling creatures into urban everyday life. “Dancing with Death” was really poignant, and a beautiful lesson about how to accept death, leaving your beloved ones with dignified memories of yourself. “The Boondangle” had me reflect on quite a few things, especially how we may think we have accepted parts of ourselves that we actually dread, and how easy—yet also damageable—it would be if those were to be taken away from us. Finally, “Gemone” was a wonderful story that definitely holds potential for more, for being even turned into a novel, in terms of plot, world building, characters and thoughts; the society developed in it was, simply put, fascinating.
As for editing matters: I noticed a few typos and editing issues here and there; the only one that bothered me was in “Gemone”, with a tense shift whose role I didn’t understand (either it’s just me, or it was remnants of an original version written in the present tense?).
(reviewed within a week of purchase)