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When I was fifteen, I stayed home to write a fantasy book instead of going with my parents and my brother on vacation. Now I’m thirty and wrote two fantasy novels, countless poems and stories and co-published a book with ethnographic studies about the relationship between globalization and regionalization in alimentation.
I felt the urge to write fictional short stories after reading Neil Gaiman’s fantastic short story-collection “Smoke and Mirrors“. If you haven’t read it yet, you should totally do. It opens more worlds to you than one would have thought possible.
on July 04, 2011 :
At the start of this neat short fiction anthology, the author Christian Abresch quotes Albert Einstein "The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science." It's surprising Einstein said it, as he's known for making things less mysterious by thinking up rational theories to explain them and put the mysterious into words.
How ever that may be, the quote pretty much grasps the entire tone of the collection. Abresch spends little time explaining the reason why several incredible phenomena happen(often involving time travel), but rather likes to keep it mysterious and focuses on the experiences of his characters.
With a fresh new look at the grandfather paradox, a story about christmas, and one about magic mushrooms Abresch manages to keep the stories interesting, despite most of them having an overlap in themes.
My favourite story is definitely 'Last one standing', this short story as well as commentary brings a M. Night Shyamalan like revelation (something Christian Abresch seems to have a talent for as he does the same in several of his stories) and has to be read twice to really experience well.
It was a great read, entertaining stories, nice ideas and fun twists. With 8 stories it was just a bit too short for my taste.
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)