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Book Title: Tales by Erin|
The author of the book: E.A. Harwik
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 380 KB
Edition: Amazon Digital Services
Date of issue: July 2012
ISBN: No data
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Read full description of the books Tales by Erin:I'd call this collection a shiny tin full of rough-cut gems. I liked it (a lot) and I recommend it, but don't expect diamonds.
What's inside the tin? A lovely variety of stories. First-person and third, characters young and old, placed in venues from Afghanistan to academia. Each tale is offered with a unique perspective and a refreshing clarity of voice. Every one feels real and personal, despite the range of experiences and cultures presented. Some stories have twists, some don't, some meander along, some cut straight to the point, and all of them leave a vivid impression.
All that gushing, and only that many stars? Well, yes. The depth and breadth of the collection is ambitious, but the results sometimes fall short in execution. A short story about rape told from first-person that breezily glosses over the act itself? I found it cavalier. An entertaining slice-of-life story about a military mission got bogged down in jargon and repetition a few hundred words before it was done, although the wrap up was excellent. Secondary characters tended towards caricatures, and several stories contained vocabulary that that jarred me out of immersion in the narrative flow; for example, the US has only lawyers, not solicitors.
All that said, the rating would easily rise to four stars if the assorted odd italicizations, minimal remaining grammar errors and those pesky vocabulary quirks get cleared up.
Read information about the authorA dreamer who found an old pen.
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