on Feb. 15, 2011 :
Alain Gomez shares my love of short stories, and I generally enjoyed these three works of short fiction. The first story, "The Sacrifice" is the weakest, but it moves along at a good clip and has a satisfying ending. It's set in 16th century Spain (the time is not specified, but that's my best guess). I don't know if Alain intended this, but the three stories are set in the past, the future, and the present, which makes for an interesting symmetry. "The Sacrifice" was a tad predictable, but satisfying nonetheless.
The second story, "Celebrity Space", is set in the future, and has a great surprise ending. I was not expecting the ending at all, and it was a pleasure to have my expectations upset so thoroughly. This one had some good character development and dialogue too.
The third story, "A Model Railway Man" could have come straight from the old Twilight Zone TV show. It's a well-written story about a man with a bit of an obsession. This one also has a surprise ending, and it's a good one.
This book is definitely worth reading. Here and there it could have used an editor to take out some of the wordiness, but that doesn't detract from the good storytelling on display here.
(reviewed the day of purchase)