Hearts & Other Dead Things by
by Angelika Rust (Author), Charlotte Stirling (Illustrator), Catherine Lenderi (Editor)
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Jeremy wants Maggie back. Rosa hates Simon. Adam can't get laid. Graham hates cats. Maisie brings her new boyfriend home to meet Mom and Dad. Yuki wants revenge. Jake really should get over his dead girlfriend. Bradley gets offered a donkey. Doris should know better. And Peter calls a number, hoping for a good time.
Reader review submitted to Book Club via Rukia Publishing
Varied stories which kept me reading
By Rukia the Reader on March 4, 2016
This was not my usual preferred genre; as an anthology the book is made up of diversified short stories, romance, horror, sci-fi, inter mingled with poetry, and in general, is well written.
I began reading the first short story about a self help group and slowly became interested as to where this particular story was leading. The conversations varied from irrelevant to interesting and yes, the ending did leave me thinking that there was a lesson to be learnt. Then came a short piece of prose which I thought at the time to be out of place. This was followed by another short story, more prose, and I suddenly realized I was actually beginning to enjoy most of the stories in this book.
Each story had its own meaning, from unrequited love and robotic chairs to zombie dating. The various pieces of prose served to refresh the palette ready for the next change of short story genre.
Although at first I had pre-conceived ideas as to what reader satisfaction I would get from this book, I found that I did enjoy the change of topics, underlying meanings and even refreshing poems.
The only negative was that the cover does not portray the variation of reading enjoyment inside
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