Love is an Eye That Doesn't See

Rated 4.00/5 based on 1 reviews
In celebration of Chinese New Year 2015, these short stories by David Brookes are released as a collection for the first time. Set in China, three fables of a romantic and philosophical nature show us the inner worlds of three troubled individuals struggling with love, loss and memory.

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About David Brookes

David Brookes is a writer and editor currently living in the UK, from where he runs his editing firm The St. Paul's Literary Service.

He has stories published in many magazines including Electric Spec, Pantechnicon, Bewildering Stories, Whispering Spirits, Morpheus Tales, The Cynic and Aphelion.

His fiction has appeared in printed anthologies, most recently 'Skull & Crossbones' from Bedazzled Inc.

His first novel, 'Half Discovered Wings', was published internationally by Libros International in 2009.

Read more about his work at his website, STPediting.wordpress.com.

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Review by: Samantha237 on May 21, 2015 :
Being a Chinese individual, I was curious to see David Brookes’ approach to the characterization of Chinese culture in this anthology of short stories focused in China and I have to say I’m fairly contented. With a writing style that felt almost ethereal, it felt less like I was reading an anthology and more like I was being told an age old fable by my grandparents on a warm summer’s night. There were also bits of satire in the stories, which I love, specifically in ‘The Woman Who Couldn’t Remember Lightning’. In terms of the actual storylines, I feel like the author has correctly caught the feel of wonder and mythology that is the common focus in Chinese culture. Moreover, the stories in this book centre on different aspects of the human soul; sorrow, fear, desperation, betrayal, greed, strength, dedication and, most of all, love. All these aspects culminate to create an emotional journey from the first to the last page. However, I feel that the characters, although good in their own way, should have had a deeper and more wholesome appearance though considering this is a SHORT anthology, I supposed it can’t really be helped. All in all, I am quite happy with this collection of short stories despite its minute flaws and would definitely recommend it!
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
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