Published By: Press 53

Book Category: Fiction, Short Stories

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Reviewed by Elysabeth Eldering

What do you say about stories that all have a romantic undertone to them but are so totally unrelated? Weird came to mind. I'm not saying this is a bad thing but the stories have such different themes, it was difficult to tell whether the author was writing a fantasy (very tame per erotic viewpoints, but erotic nonetheless), a wild and crazy adventure or a true romance.

"Imagining Dolores" borderlined on being the erotic-style fiction in that this was a man from Africa who volunteered at the Senior Citizen Dance Hall and would have secret fantasies about the woman who dropped her scarf under the table, that he just happened to pick up and not return to her.

In "King Bullfrog and the Swan," this bordered on wild and crazy in that the underlying theme was actually interracial marriages but it was of the animal kingdom. The king bullfrog cleared the lake by making it known that he was the king and he rode the back of the swan, thus forming an unusual union that was looked down on by the other frogs and swans. The lake became known and other mixed animal marriages showed up, thus the common thread being that the unions were definitely weird.

In "Ghost Train," I felt this was more on the true romance side. Of course, this was young love at its best but the ending kind of left me wondering. Did she leave him or did she die? If she left him for another, why did he not search her out and proclaim his true love for her? I was left questioning the ending.

Overall the writing is done very well for short stories and the author does have a grasp for description. I can only say that the stories do border on being "weird" (my opinion only).

Armchair Interviews says: If you like "weird" short stories, this may be for you.

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