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Victoria Pearson lives behind a keyboard somewhere in rural Bedfordshire, attempting to write amidst the chaos being married with three children creates. She has a cat (called Mog) and a dog (that her family refused to let her name Dog) because Aristotle said that to be a balanced person you need a dog to adore you and a cat to ignore you (and because the other cat buggered off without even leaving a note).
She spends most of her time creating new worlds, characters, and religions, so is often found wearing odd socks, with unbrushed hair and a faraway look in her eye, or else scrabbling madly for a pen that works to get the stories all trapped on a page before they run off and get into mischief.
on Nov. 25, 2013 :
I like reading anthologies and short stories from time to time. Those are like a breath of fresh air from reading full length novels all the time. The book’s name itself reveals the contents. This anthology is a collection of 10 short stories with a twist. My favorite one is “The Tale of the Tower”. It’s a modern perspective of Rapunzel’s tale. I enjoyed it a lot. The good thing is no two stories are similar in this collection and each one has a different kind of ending. The book starts with the story “Another New Beginning” which is quite a gripping tale of heartbreak. “Heart of Ice” is a unique story about obsession of first love. It certainly was surprising for me. “Welcome to the family – a Kitten’s Tale” is a very cute one told from an older cat’s point of view. The rest of the stories were entertaining too. I wish I could go on and on. If you love reading short stories or anthologies, then you can try this one. I don’t think it’ll be disappointing at all. :)
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
My Smashed Reviews
on Aug. 20, 2013 :
This was a wonderful compilation of stories. I thought the writing was great, and the stories were clever and filled with pathos. A lot of them had surprise endings. Most of these were a bit unusual, even creepy, but they don't quite stray into the horror genre, so if you have a sensitive stomach you should be safe!
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)
on Aug. 14, 2013 :
I liked this quick read of short stories. The title of the book fits it perfectly. My favorites would have to be The Nature of Loyalty (which surprised me), and The Mis-sold Prince (so totally twisted!). I think the shorter stories were the better ones, almost like a glimpse into someone's mind. The writing seemed more like a journal entry than story. The longer stories seemed to me like they didn't have a consistent flow. The journalistic style was interrupted with dialogue and seemed to lose its intimate feeling. While the stories themselves were good, I did not feel that the writing style worked as well in them. I received this book for my honest review.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
on Aug. 12, 2013 :
I finished Strange Love - Short Stories and Twisted Tales by Victoria Pearson a day or 2 ago, but I held off writing a review as I was not sure of how I felt about it, not to say that it was not a good read, because it was a good read, it was different then anything I have read before. I enjoy short stories and I love fairy tale retellings these stories have a dark and unique perspective, like the story from the cats point of view. My favourite story was The Promise, it grasps the enormity of wedding vows, and what a promise truly means.
I received this book from the author for an honest review.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)