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on April 27, 2012 :
The short stories in this collection were solid 4s and 5s. I normally don't read short stories, but I picked this one up as quite a few of my friends are in it. And sure, that could taint my rating, but I don't think it has. Their skill and stories surprised me and some of them really stood out and won't soon be forgotten.
I LOVED J. Lea Lopez's story about connecting with someone romantically. It reminded me a lot in the feel and tone to Jennifer Weiner's stories (one of my favourite authors). It made me wish there was a whole novel of this character so I could follow her longer.
Matt Sinclair's story about cheating was an interesting one as I wasn't sure which character to believe until the end. I liked that.
Cat Wood's story about love in an elderly couple made me cry. It's sweet to see people still so in love when they are in their 80s. (As you can tell, they felt real to me!)
A.M. Supinger's story about the pit broke my heart. Just when I was about to skim she (the author) grabbed me about the throat and shook me to my core. I loooove a story like that. Horrified shock--but in a good way. Well, not 'good' for the characters... but you know. A good read.
R.S. Mellette's story was intellectual and a bit philosophical about a boy coming of age. Intriguing.
Mindy McGinnis' story had me guessing and doubting until the end. Do you believe a child protagonist?
MarcyKate Connolly's story about meeting on a subway and making that connection with an unexpected stranger was sweet. I found myself wanting the character to get her wish.
Robb Grindstaff's story made me laugh at the differences between men and women. He illustrates that point quite nicely.
Yvonne Osbourne's story about a romance starting during the war felt very real and the situation that arises is something I've wondered about myself. I liked the way she portrayed it.
S.Q. Eries story about married couples, betrayal, brothers, and friends wove a nice tight circle. The emotion built and waned in all the right places.
The stories in this anthology run you through the whole gambit of emotions and cover all kinds of relationships. Strange as it may be to say, I learned about writing short stories by reading this anthology. Some of these stories felt like gratifying snippets from a larger story while others had a perfect arc in their few thousand words. Not an easy task to accomplish!
A great read--and it's free on Smashwords! (And for those who prefer paper--I hear a paperback edition is coming out too.)
(review of free book)