This past week I’ve read three shorts, each of them by current writers. Two I came across for free on amazon.com, and one is by a fellow blogger who aspires to be a writer. I stumbled across her blog quite by accident and I hope to keep up with her short stories and poetry.
“Evergreen A Christmas Tale” by Richard Taylor
This was a rather sweet story lined with pathos. It has a story within a story — one that speaks of the origin of the very first christmas tree. It begins with a grandfather trying to break a fight among his grandsons, and he retells this story of love, sacrifice and everlasting joy between two people of long ago.
“One More Winter” by Rebecca K O’Connor
This story is about a woman trying to come to terms with her husband’s death once and for all. She reaches the end of this process when she helps a stranger deal with the death of her favourite dog. I found this story rather slow and it didn’t touch me in any way. I found myself waiting to get it over and done with. Perhaps I didn’t approach in the right frame of mind?
“Where Fairies Come to Die” by Louise Jacques
As I mentioned above, I just stumbled across Llouise’s blog and was intrigued enough to read one out of the many short stories and poems she has written. This particular story was so well-written, sharp and vividly descriptive as two lovers have their final moments with eachother before being forced to part because he has to flee the coming wrath of the Nazi-brotherhood he betrayed when he saved his Jewish lover. I really enjoyed this brief piece. Louise scatters a few phrases from Keats throughout the narrative, and I was drawn in by her style. (online text)
So, that’s what I’ve been reading. I think I should get back to reading Murakami and Poe soon. I’ve been feeling a bit guilty about neglecting those guys!
What have you folk been reading this past week?