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  • Charactered Pieces: stories on Feb. 26, 2012

    An interesting assortment of short stories coming from a author who almost uses poetic prose, ambiguity and a vividly descriptive tone to pack the stories together. From the struggles of a young woman with the corpse of her dead sister engraved in her body, to families coping with loss ( death or separation), to the struggle of a perpetually depressed man against depression, to men warding off a devastating curse, to affections between a estranged father and a child and finally the familiarity and connectedness between two strangers meeting by chance, the stories deals with human emotions at its profound depth and ambiguity-- so deep that the emotions themselves sound matter of fact in the narrator's tone. Caleb creates a real atmosphere...albeit a touch eerie and strange and his language is powerful, packed with descriptive metaphors and strong held back tone. It is strongly recommended for people who like fresh prose at its ambiguous best. I have used the word ambiguous a number of times, this is not to imply the author tries to confuse or is himself confused. Rather it deals with the counter intuitive and 'oxymoronish' nature of human emotions at its subtle range. For those who are motivated by plot driven stories, this may not be your cup of tea..
  • Charactered Pieces: stories on Feb. 26, 2012

    An interesting assortment of short stories coming from a author who almost uses poetic prose, ambiguity and a vividly descriptive tone to pack the stories together. From the struggles of a young woman with the corpse of her dead sister engraved in her body, to families coping with loss ( death or separation), to the struggle of a perpetually depressed man against depression, to men warding off a devastating curse, to affections between a estranged father and a child and finally the familiarity and connectedness between two strangers meeting by chance, the stories deals with human emotions at its profound depth and ambiguity-- so deep that the emotions themselves sound matter of fact in the narrator's tone. Caleb creates a real atmosphere...albeit a touch eerie and strange and his language is powerful, packed with descriptive metaphors and strong held back tone. It is strongly recommended for people who like fresh prose at its ambiguous best. I have used the word ambiguous a number of times, this is not to imply the author tries to confuse or is himself confused. Rather it deals with the counter intuitive and 'oxymoronish' nature of human emotions at its subtle range. For those who are motivated by plot driven stories, this may not be your cup of tea..