Monday, November 28, 2011

Review: Stories for the Nighttime and Some for the Day by Ben Loory

Overall Impression 1/2

In A Word: Random

Source: Netgalley, Publisher

Publication Date: July 2011

Short Synopsis (Goodreads)Loory's collection of wry and witty, dark and perilous contemporary fables is populated by people–and monsters and trees and jocular octopi–who are united by twin motivations: fear and desire. In his singular universe, televisions talk (and sometimes sing), animals live in small apartments where their nephews visit from the sea, and men and women and boys and girls fall down wells and fly through space and find love on Ferris wheels. In a voice full of fable, myth, and dream, Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day draws us into a world of delightfully wicked recognitions, and introduces us to a writer of uncommon talent and imagination. 

My Review: What first drew me to this book was the cover. I love the crisp lines, the octopus tentacle and the UFO along with the title on hanging cards. The title itself says that 'this is going to be something creative.' And it was creative....just in a very, very random way.

I should probably temper this review with the fact that I do not read short stories. I like my books to be in the hundreds of pages with deep character development, romantic tension, and complexity. It's hard to do that in a short story so I don't bother. 

That being said, reading this collection actually made me reconsider short stories. Some of them were pretty good. Some of them were cute. All of them were random. I can't say it enough. It was as if the author thought 'hmmm, what will they not be expecting' and wrote down exactly that. In one or two cases, this works, in most, I was expecting the unexpected and so when it came it was only ho hum. That's why  I'm rating it only 2 1/2 stars.

 Yes, it takes creativity to be as random as some of these stories were, but making the random work is altogether something else entirely.

2 comments:

  1. I don't really read short stories either... maybe I should though! I do like the cover too!

    I wonder how much fo the randomness I could take...Thanks for sharing!! :)

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  2. good review, I am also not a big fan of short stories as some of the stories can be quite well ot great unless it is by an author you love and even then.

    However I did read a good one recently and this one sounds good too

    Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net

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