Friday, 6 January 2012

The New Death and Others - Book Review

The New Death and others
by James Hutchings


What is it about:
Death gets a roommate...

An electronic Pope faces a difficult theological question...

A wicked vizier makes a terrible bargain...

44 stories. 19 poems. No whiny vampires. There's a thin line between genius and insanity, and James Hutchings has just crossed it - but from which direction?

What did I think of it:
This is an enjoyable read.
It has many short stories and poems.

I liked the shortest stories, which were more impressions in some cases than actual stories, the most. Hutchings has a great way with words and manages to paint a mood with just a single sentence. The longer stories felt a bit like old fables or myths, but a witty observation or cynical remark from Hutchings from time to time brought the writing back to the here and now.

I didn't much care for the poems, I will confess. Most felt to forced in rhyme to be to my liking.

In conclusion: This is an original collection of short stories with a dark, mythical feel to them.

Why should you read it:
If you like fables and myths you should give this collection of modern fables a chance.

Buy it here

1 comment:

anarchist said...

Thanks for reviewing my ebook. I've put a permanent link to your review from the 'New Death' page of my blog.