Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Book Review: Twists and Turns - A Red Adept Reviews Collection

Twists and Turns - A Red Adept Reviews CollectionThis is an anthology of nine short stories created for the Red Adept Reviews Twists contest. The simple rule was that entries were to be short stories with a twist a la O'Henry or Bruce Willis' Sixth Sense. These stories are the best of the crop, with one by Lynn O'Dell - the force behind Red Adept. Their quality is really the only common thread, albeit a very good one.

The stories span a range of genres, including sci-fi, fantasy and crime, and vary in length. What struck me most was how different they all were in style and form too. The stories and authors are:

Building God by Jessica Billings
Should Have Seen It Coming by Brendan Carroll
Granny Theft Auto by T L Haddix
Fired by Lynn O'Dell
The Unbroken Mirror by C S Marks
42jorie by John Philpin
Leo's Wife by Patricia Sierra
Traditions by Michael Sullivan
A Long, Lonely Time by J R Tomlin

I'm not sure I would have come up with the same top 3 as the judges, which either indicates the strength of the entries or how subjective taste is. Traditions, A Long, Lonely Time and Granny Theft Auto really made me think, Fired, 42jorie and Leo's Wife all had the sort of twist that packs a punch right at the end, and Building God lead me down one path to then hit me with a clever and unforeseen conclusion. The only story that didn' grab me was The Unbroken Mirror, which was an elven fantasy, outside my comfort zone, although still with a nice twist.

As a short story fan I really enjoyed this varied collection, especially because of the Twist theme. It was a bit like a selection pack of chocs, with plenty of tasty goodies to suit all palates.

Format: Kindle, review copy
My Rating: 4*

1 comment:

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