Friday, May 8, 2015

#120 : The Long and Short of it : Review

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GENRE: Fiction – Collection of Short Stories of all Genre

NUMBER OF PAGES: 130

FORMAT: Digital - PDF

SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review Copy from the publishers – Indireads in exchange for an honest review.


REVIEW:

This book is an anthology of the best short stories, both winners and finalists from Indireads’ 1st Short Story Competition 2013.

A book of short stories is always a refreshing read. This book was no different. What made the book more interesting was that, the book had a mix of stories from various genres like drama, paranormal, mystery and romance. There is something for everyone in this book, be it a mystery lover or a romance lover.

The stories, all of them, were just perfect. They adhered very much to the genre that they were placed under. The crime section was the best. I do have a weakness for crime in general, but then I'm sure any person who has read this book will agree with me. Both the stories by Dr.Roshan were simply brilliant. That man has a way with words I say!

The writing in general was good. Given that most of the stories are by rookie writers, the book exceeded my expectations. Simple writing, I belive is the key to success. Using fancy words and complicated scenarios doesn't really deliver a punch. Almost all the stories featured in the book were simple and delivered what was intended.

My only complaint would be the paranormal section – It didn't really enthuse or impress me. It didn't stand out like the other sections did.

MY SAY: Recommended especially for novice book readers. For seasoned folks, this book is the perfect and refreshing change after a full length novel.

RATING:


  • Narration : 7/10


  • Adherence to genre : 9/10


  • Plot line : 7/ 10 (For Dr.Roshan's stories – It's a 10!)


  • Writing : 8/10


  • Boredom quotient : 3/10 (The lower the better)


  • Overall Score : 8/10



BOOK LINKS: Amazon, Indireads, Goodreads



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