I have sidestepped the romantic challenges faced by vampires. Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding Bridget Jones suffers no mental or physical illness; there is no war going on around her; she faces no real obstacle besides her own personality. Everyone's heard of this book, but I suspect not many men read it. The eponymous protagonist is a screenwriter and novelist, but I read Daniel Martin before I had ambitions of being either. If there was a connection, it was with the idea of love being thwarted by circumstances but never entirely extinguished. Daniel's love is for his friend's wife Jane, who is also the sister of his estranged wife.
When his friend dies, Daniel is in a new relationship, but decides to take Jane on a cruise to the Middle East. When I read Daniel Martin 25 years ago, I was well placed to judge his rendering of the moral dilemma and emotional turmoil, though not to the extent of "wife's sister", which I'd suggest is a no-go zone. Florentino and Fermina fall in love in their youth, but Fermina's father and then Fermina herself stand in the way of Florentino.
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Despite Fermina marrying what in a romantic comedy would be called the Bellamy character — the respectable choice — Florentino waits. When does devotion become obsession? The nearest thing to a sister novel to The Rosie Project: There's a strong comedic thread, laced with wry self-awareness.
Grace's obsession is with numbers and counting. Seamus comes into her life and is initially accepting — but then wants her to take medication. Addition copped some flak for finding comedy in mental illness and supposedly encouraging sufferers not to take their meds: Matthew Quick specialises in the marginalised. Bartholomew, mocked at school for being a "retard", has lived with his mother for all of his 38 years.
When she dies, he has to strike out on his own, with the help of the maverick local priest, a man diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The love interest is a psychologically-damaged library volunteer. Shy and retiring Lars has all but given up on finding a soulmate until Bianca enters his life. Before long, he is very much in love. Bianca is a sex doll. Not so cute now, is it? Thankfully, Lars eventually graduates to spending his time with a real woman in the shape of Kelli Garner.
As for Bianca…maybe she and Chuckie could have a thing? Then again, maybe not. Porky Pig would show Miss Piggy a good time. Do you need us to draw you a picture? They are stories full of poetry, compassion and sadness, sometimes with surprising endings, which have been careful placed in an order that lets the themes contrast with each other well.
I especially liked 'Heart of Ice' - an unusual and touching story about a These short stories are exactly what the title tells you are: I especially liked 'Heart of Ice' - an unusual and touching story about a woman obsessed with her first love, no matter how strange it may seem to outsiders. Another favourite was 'Welcome to the Family: A Kittens Tale' anyone who has cats will realise the genius of this one! All the stories in this collection have something to enjoy, and are often very clever in their construction.
I recommend you to give them a read!
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Aug 13, Leigh rated it liked it. I liked this quick read of short stories.
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The title of the book fits it perfectly. I think the shorter stories were the better ones, almost like a glimpse into someone's mind. The writing seemed more like a journal entry than story. The longer stories seemed to me like they didn't have a consistent flow. The journalistic style was interrupted with dialogue and seemed to lose i I liked this quick read of short stories. The journalistic style was interrupted with dialogue and seemed to lose its intimate feeling.
While the stories themselves were good, I did not feel that the writing style worked as well in them. I received this book for my honest review. Aug 26, Steve rated it it was amazing. I have to confess I'm not a great fan of short stories but this book proved to be an exception. If you took the writing skills and imagination of Jorge Borger, the strange humour of Mikhail Bulgakov, a pinch of the wit of Terry Pratchett and a big dose of originality you end up with a book like Strange Love.
I read the stories at one sitting, then went back and read it again: On the first read I though it was entertaining on the second read I realised this was the I have to confess I'm not a great fan of short stories but this book proved to be an exception.
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On the first read I though it was entertaining on the second read I realised this was the work of someone who I'm sure one day recognised as one of the great writers of the twenty first century. I can't recommend these stories highly enough. Oct 26, Louise West rated it it was amazing. I loved this- so clever! Definitely worth a read If you like falling into a story as easily as falling into a dream, then this is the girl for you.
She has a magical way with words; often her short stories read like extended poetry rather than narrative. The book equivalent of luxury chocolate. Dec 13, David rated it really liked it. Love is tough to write. The balance between honest emotion and hallmark diabetic coma is a fine one but it's one that's skilfully executed in this little gem.
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The author has a way of changing her voice with each narrative that makes it not only fresh but also energetic and unpredictable. Feb 18, Masquerade Crew rated it really liked it Shelves: My favourite story of the collection has to be Welcome to the Family - A Kitten's Tale, told from the POV of an older cat showing the new addition the ropes, it's both funny and believable.
I finished Strange Love - Short Stories and Twisted Tales by Victoria Pearson a day or 2 ago, but I held off writing a review as I was not sure of how I felt about it, not to say that it was not a good read, because it was a good read, it was different then anything I have read before. I enjoy short stories and I love fairy tale retellings these stories have a dark and unique perspective, like the story from the cats point of view. My favourite story was The Promise, it grasps the enormity of w I finished Strange Love - Short Stories and Twisted Tales by Victoria Pearson a day or 2 ago, but I held off writing a review as I was not sure of how I felt about it, not to say that it was not a good read, because it was a good read, it was different then anything I have read before.
My favourite story was The Promise, it grasps the enormity of wedding vows, and what a promise truly means.
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I received this book from the author for an honest review. Aug 09, Scoyk rated it it was ok. Would like to say something positive but these stories were just not for me. I did not enjoy reading them. Typically I like dark and twisted but not these stories. I am sure others will enjoy but not my cup of the tea. Jan 25, Philip Whiteland rated it really liked it. Some really inventive tales here. I particularly liked 'Heart of Ice' and the Rapunzel tale.
Mar 09, Simi Chatterjee rated it it was amazing. Originally published on BookwormSimi's Blissful Blog: Those are like a breath of fresh air from reading full length novels all the time. This anthology is a collection of 10 short stories with a twist. I enjoyed it a lot. The good thing is no two stories are similar in this collection and each one has a different kind of ending. It certainly was surprising for me. The rest of the stories were entertaining too.
I wish I could go on and on. If you love reading short stories or anthologies, then you can try this one. Sep 26, Miranda Kate rated it liked it. I wanted to like this book as much as Strange Worlds, but it didn't quite work as well for me.
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There are some great tales in this book, but a few could do with expanding and being more active in the writing, rather than a passive - a little bit more show and less tell. I did love the Kitten Tale though. Lidya rated it did not like it Nov 02, Charlie Plunkett rated it it was amazing Jan 28, Jason rated it it was ok May 25, Angela rated it it was amazing May 11,