Cecily's book reviews

In general I've written reviews of every book I've read since I joined GoodReads (RIP) in May 08, along with one or two I read prior to that. More recent reviews tend to be longer (sometimes a tad too long?). I always carry a book, though I don't get as much time as I'd like to get engrossed - life is busy, but in a good way. Too many of my favourite authors died without writing enough! Apart from reading, and writing about reading, I enjoy Scrabble, good restaurants, woodland, and attending the theatre.

Breakdown At Tiffany's (and other stories)

Breakdown At Tiffany's (and other stories) - David Braga An enjoyable and intriguing collection of short stories: some funny, some sad, a few that are both, mostly dark and with a twist at the end to keep you guessing, and each one very different from the others.

There is a cracking old-fashioned chiller; one that starts off mundane and then toys with the reader as to whether it's magical, futuristic or all in the guy's imagination; murder mystery spoof, and others that are mainly comic, downright sinister, or just painfully poignant.

There are some lovely turns of phrase and images, and Braga is good at capturing different voices, and although some stories reflect the inspiration of well-known short-story writers (Dahl, Carver and Yates spring to mind), each is different, giving the collection a good balance between variety and consistency.

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