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This selection of short fiction by award-winning author Gary A.Braunbeck is a haunting and evocative collection, plumbing the heights and depths of the human spirit. Braunbeck writes of everyday people, with everyday joys and tragedies. He channels his fellow Ohioans Bradbury and Serling, writing passionate and beautiful prose which challenges the reader who would dismiss his work as mere "popular fiction."
This selection gathers many of his previously published short works along with new material, and is a wonderful and wondrous introduction to those who have yet to read him. The works span many genres, and will appeal to any reader who appreciates the short story form, and introduce it at its best to those who wonder what all the fuss is about.
As well, fans of Braunbeck's Cedar Hill novels will be pleased to find several visits to that little burgh within these pages...
My rating: 5 of 5 starsA good book to savor, reading one or two stories a night before bed - if you're not afraid of bad dreams.It's easy to call this collection of tales dark but you can't have shadows without the light. Braunbeck effectively uses juxtaposition on the full gamut of emotions for maximum effect in each story.Danaïd Night, an exquisitely sweet tale, and mysterious Mail-Order Annie would be right at home with the Romance Writers of America association. Need stabbed my heart, hurting so much that I had to put the book aside for a full day. Aisle of Plenty is such an interesting perspective on Post Traumatic Stress that I *almost* offered to lend my beloved Kindle to a veteran-friend (I suggested he buy the book instead). This book is haunting in that so many of the stories linger long after they're read.I received a free copy of this book in exchange for review and I would like to believe that I was selected because I'm 100% biased. Braunbeck never fails to capture me.