Sarah Butland’s Brain Tales are definitely quirky, ranging from weirdly scary to scarily weird. Some issues with word choice, logic and editing might make put off readers, but three stories will definitely linger in my mind. The elderly woman losing memories presents a haunting picture in Peeling Apples. The secret of a lost child is pleasantly comforting after the slow machinations of At Ease. And the Paper Box is delightful. There’s a forced feel to the humor and complex sentences of these tales, with phrases such as “flushing away thoughts of performing any forces of nature,” or “My heart stopped for the second time that day,” leading to rather odd word-pictures in my mind. The tales are surreal and complex, but a simpler telling might make them more accessible.
Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
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Sheila Deeth (SheilaDeeth)
Sheila Deeth's first novel, Divide by Zero, has just been released in print and ebook formats. Find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, etc. Her spiritual speculative novellas can be found at … more
A mother with wrinkles, pride and fading memory. A kidnapping, mistaken identity and a comb. BBQ, poisoning and love. What do these all have in coming? The head the tail is attached to, of course. Brain Tales has something for everyone - even, and maybe especially, you! Short stories that take only minutes to read but leave a much longer impression. Which one is your favorite?