Thursday, 14 June 2012

Waiting For Midnight - Book Review

Waiting For Midnight
by Merrie Destefano


What is it about:
From the author of Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles comes a collection of 16 short stories, full of the rich prose and plot twists that have become Destefano’s trademark. Written to keep you reading all night long, this combination of short stories and flash fiction contains a ghost story, a werewolf story, and a science fiction story, as well as two stories that feature characters from her novels, AFTERLIFE and FEAST. This collection is approximately 70 pages long.

Short stories included in this collection:

Set on an alien world, “Letters from Home” tells the tale of a mother’s love for her wayward son and the great lengths to which she’ll go to rescue him from another dimension.

“Learning to Hunt” features Ash, the Darkling dream-eater introduced in Feast: Harvest of Dreams, as he explores seventeenth-century Amsterdam, where his father teaches him how to harvest dreams.

“Waiting for Midnight” explores that dangerous territory between first love and obsession, all set in Primrose Wood, a forest where dark magic rules.

What did I think of it:
Ok.... There are now two authors who made me cry over a flower:
H.C. Anderson and Merrie Destefano!

This collection of short stories is absolutely wonderful.

Destefano's writing is beautiful and poetic and fit the almost dreamlike stories in this collection perfectly.

The stories range from touching to creepy and from beautiful to disturbing.

The first couple of stories are short stories: rounded and complete. In the Garden and Waiting for Midnight were my favorites of these stories. In the Garden is a bittersweet story about a garden and it's this story that had me crying over a flower.

Then there are a two stories told in three acts. Charlie Brown Doesn’t Live Here Anymore was my favorite here: it was both a funny and a sad tale about coyotes and dogs.

Lastly there were the Flash Fiction stories: short moments frozen in time. These were wonderful. Some were just perfect as they are, others were screaming to be expanded into longer stories, but all of them were powerful and so vividly described that even when the subject was far from mundane it felt real and alive.

The beautiful writing and the strong emotions in these short stories make sure I will reread this collection often and I'm hoping Destefano will decide to write more short stories (next to her full length novels of course).

Why should you read it:
This collection of touching and disturbing tales is beautifully written

Buy it here


Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Aaah. Sounds like a must get for me. :) I have one of her books, Afterlife and do need to get to it as well. :) Thank you for the great review!

Enbrethiliel said...


If you were crying over a flower, it must be good! =D