on Sep. 27, 2010
Chilling. Really enjoyed this short story. I was gripped all the way through, wondering what was going to happen. McIntyre does a good job of intriguing the reader and then slamming them at the end with a huge surprise they didn't see coming. Really great story. Very well written.
On The Gathering Storm
on Oct. 08, 2010
On the Gathering Storm is an interesting story of a young woman and her struggles to overcome adversity. Hannah Garrity began her struggles early when as a youngster, she fell into a well and for 18 hours was the media's darling. She grew up with what seemed to me a sense of impending doom always lingering behind her. I won't add any spoilers to this review, but Hannah goes through something horrific, which brings her nearly to the end of her endurance. We get a glimpse into the mind of someone struggling to maintain sanity in a mania-inducing situation.
It was hard to stomach some of the horror Hannah experiences but the only time I lost touch with the story was when she was in her brother's apartment. At that point I couldn't suspend my disbelief. It was too unreal and almost convenient. Otherwise, I was with it the whole way.
A good debut novel from an interesting new writer.
on Nov. 14, 2010
Loved this short story. Great characters that pull you in right away. I don't know where McIntyre comes up with his ideas, but they are very imaginative!
My heart is wrenched for the terror of these two boys, and I cheer for their courage as they face something that even terrifies a grown man. The way they deal with their horrible step-father takes a lot of courage.
Great story! i couldn't put it down. I will be looking for more short stories from this author.
The Memory of a Face
on Feb. 25, 2011
(spoiler alert) The title of The Memory of a Face is perfect. The story is about love. Love in all its myriad forms. In the story, a young man named Andy loses his memory after an accident (it's not cliché, Das pulls it off well), but he never forgets the face of his lover. It's beautiful and demonstrates the power of love. You can lose your memory, but still hang on to the feelings that person stirs in you.
I enjoyed this book so much more than I expected to. It's very different from my normal reading material, but I'm glad I didn't miss out on it. The characters are well drawn out. Das has told the story in a way that is unique, especially with the Hong Kong culture and language, and draws his characters with a fine hand. They become real very quickly and I found myself rooting for them from the beginning.
It was a very enjoyable read and I am looking forward to more books from Ansh Das.