Book: A Book of Endings
It’s not often I get to read a book where I know the author. Reading an introduction written by another author where your friend is referred to by surname, and has many positive things said about them is an unusual experience indeed, but certainly made me curious to read the book.
In this case, it’s a book of short stories, each around an “ending” theme, be it the end of the world, the end of a character’s life, or the end of a relationship. Reading this collection has made me want to read more short stories – it’s a writing form with so much potential to entertain in such a short space of time.
Here the characterisations are vivid, the places (when the premise for the story allows it) are clearly portrayed, giving a greater sense of realism to the surreal plot element around which the story is based.
I can’t claim that I understood what was going on in every story – a couple of them confused me, but even there, I enjoyed the puzzling journey. If you can get a copy of this book, and you can cope with stories that are often very dark indeed, this book will repay the reading.