The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell

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Rating: 3/5
Author: Jen Campbell

I finally got around to reading The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night, an eclectic collection of stories that sadly, didn’t impress. Much as I adore Jen’s book tube channel and I truly wanted to love her collection, I couldn’t let it jade my actual experience and thoughts. Not to sound the least pretentious, but having read a decent number of collections, I feel much more confident in determining if a collection is for me and pointing out what worked & didn’t. So here’s discussing all my thoughts. Continue reading

The Doll’s Alphabet by Camilla Grudova

fullsizeoutput_4641It felt great to sink my teeth into short stories after a string of sub-par novels and I was quite impressed by this one. The Doll’s Alphabet is an exquisitely dark, grotesque, and completely discomfiting magical realist short story collection. The only way I can describe this is that each story felt like waking up from an elusive, edgy, disconcerting nightmare. That doesn’t seem like I’m selling it really well, but it was that uncomfortable edginess in her stories, and the way it gets under your skin that makes it weirdly fascinating.

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Strange Heart Beating by Eli Goldstone

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Rating: 2.5/5
Author: Eli Goldstone

‘I wanted someone at the funeral to tell me about the life she lived before I knew her. In that way, I thought I could continue knowing her, could continue with the journey that we had started. I’d simply take a detour, I thought. I’d go backwards.’

I finished reading Strange Heart Beating over the last two days, Continue reading

A magical, imaginative stroke of pure genius

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Category: Magical Realism, Fantasy, Short stories
Rating: 4/5
Author: Kij Johnson
I read most of this collection back in May, and finished the last 2 stories in June. Kij Johnson interweaves fantastical elements like talking animals, aliens and spaceships, journeys of discovery and transformation, Japanese myth, stories within stories, some of which are common tropes in contemporary fantasy/sci fi.
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