The stories are short and fun, grouped into intriguing sets of three by location, time, topic and genre; all very organized, like licensing baby-strollers and charging them for parking (as in the story "BabyBump"). Somehow even with tales told in groups the author manages to surprise the reader, tearing apart the ordinary to show the very extraordinary underneath. Random acts of kindness are juxtaposed with random thoughts of weirdness creating a truly fascinating collection—each story an instant read, well-crafted to make you want more.
Convincing dialog keeps many of the stories moving, while others grow from slightly off-beat ideas to end in curious twists—sometimes restarting in the next part to continue the trilogy. “Rube would have been proud!” as the reader is told in "Practical Goldberg (A Love Story In 3 Parts)." The social networking is up-to-date and tweeting, the mysteries are reminding you to read with care, and the lights might headline clues if your eyes are open.
A brisk bright writing style and short-short format remind me of those old “here’s the ending; how did it happen?” mysteries I used to solve with my brothers when we were kids, but these aren't kids' stories. A few missed edits caused me to pause briefly, but the tales are fast and intriguing enough to bring me straight back to the page, making this an enjoyable collection to dip into over coffee or read at the end of day when the attention span’s waning for anything long—but read with care; details do matter after all. And don’t let the kids get their hands on those magazines (or they'll learn "It’s a lot of work being a girl").
Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy by the author.
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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