Friday, July 7, 2017

A Snow Garden & Other Stories - Rachel Joyce

I found this A Snow Garden & Other Stories, in the children's section of a charity shop, and the cover really did look like a children's book. But it is definitely not for children. It is a set of seven stories, which are all linked by one picture. Personally, I didn't understand the relevance of the picture to each story, and felt it was a little contrived, but apart from that, I did enjoy all the stories. My favourite was A Snow Garden, followed by Trees. All the stories were quite sad, but there was an element of hope in each. It was a clever writing process, which was a bit confusing at times, but worked out well in the end.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Piranha To Scurfy And Other Stories - Ruth Rendell

I love short stories, and I enjoy crime fiction, but I have never read any books by Ruth Rendell. I had seen her characters come to life on the television, but never read their original stories. This collection of short stories, Piranha To Scurfy And Other Stories, was a great surprise, and I enjoyed them immensely. The macabre twist of the first story, the title cleverly reflecting a volume from the Encyclopaedia Britannica, and the disturbing nature, but satisfying ending of The Wink. The High Mysterious Union really reminded me of the Wicker Man, with its 'loving' community, and the Myth was wonderfully creative, with the idea of the Garden of Eden being in Wiltshire.