Review by xoxoAnushka -- That Guy What Kill Topsy

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Review by xoxoAnushka -- That Guy What Kill Topsy

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[Following is a volunteer review of "That Guy What Kill Topsy" by Peter Wood Cotterill.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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The Guy What Killed Topsy by Peter Wood Cotterill is a collection of sixteen stories and one novella. The range of the stories is variable—some are short, some are long. There is no central theme in it; but it explores the integral part of human struggles, emotions and facets. These unique stories are located in different backgrounds, touching different aspects of human conscience. On top of that, It portrays the spirit of flawed human relationships. Each story can be regarded as a standalone.

Some of the characters are placed in those circumstances for which they themselves are solely responsible for: 'That Guy What Killed Topsy' is a story of Lester, who describes the aftermath of killing a girl named Topsy. One can get a glimpse of guilt throughout his story. Some accounts are also driven by natural force: 'Am I Dead?' is a tale of Will, who unveils his sentiment in an uncontrollable situation. As he says: "Fat lot of good it did, if I am dead. Or dying. P’raps it is going to be my grave." He remembers his childhood moments, his romantic relationships, the things he hasn't done, and ultimately being an emotional mess. 'My Life and Times—Pussy Galore' digs into the episodes of the cat, mainly his feelings to his owner and his reaction to nature. 'Canned' explains the craziness of the everyday. 'Chancet be a Fine Thing' deals with the behavior of scared Aunt Bett in the quiz show.

The thing that I liked most is that these tales provide a balance between the primacy of plot and characterization. It is edited professionally; and is written in a heavy slang manner. Peter's mastery of making a dead-serious plot into a humorous one are on full display and also radiates his excitement of storytelling. There is also some surprising, and gasping twist present in the end.

Some of the stories are very interesting, but some are also boring. It was also hard for me to face the ending of some stories, and that's what I disliked most—no spoilers! Overall, this book is written in a simple manner, but it has some underlying hidden tone.

Those anthologies-lovers who want to read something new, or something experimental might check out this one. If you are new in this genre, then this book won't disappoint you. By exploring the pros and cons, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars because of its gift of showing gut-wrenching emotions in a few words.

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I sampled this book for the First Ten program, and while I do not enjoy reading short stories, this one seemed truly interesting. Thank you for your insightful and well-written review, Anushka!
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espo wrote:
15 Mar 2020, 05:02
I sampled this book for the First Ten program, and while I do not enjoy reading short stories, this one seemed truly interesting. Thank you for your insightful and well-written review, Anushka!
Thank you espo for reading this.

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Short stories aren't my kind of thing. But I like that the book touches on daily life experiences of humans. I'm not sure if I'll read the book. Thank you for presenting an intriguing review.
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I like books of short stories for quick reads and for its variety. This one seems interesting and I might give it a try. Thanks for the review!
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Nerea wrote:
17 Mar 2020, 11:32
Short stories aren't my kind of thing. But I like that the book touches on daily life experiences of humans. I'm not sure if I'll read the book. Thank you for presenting an intriguing review.
Thank you Nerea!

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Charlyt wrote:
18 Mar 2020, 02:01
I like books of short stories for quick reads and for its variety. This one seems interesting and I might give it a try. Thanks for the review!
Give it a try Charlyt! Thanks for commenting this.

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I enjoy short stories when I don't have a lot of time to read. This book sounds interesting. Thanks for your wonderful review!

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Prisallen wrote:
18 Mar 2020, 16:06
I enjoy short stories when I don't have a lot of time to read. This book sounds interesting. Thanks for your wonderful review!
Thank you for commenting.

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I recently finished reading this book. I enjoyed how every story was relatable and real.
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Faithmwangi wrote:
19 Mar 2020, 04:17
I recently finished reading this book. I enjoyed how every story was relatable and real.
Thank you for your comment.

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I’m not particularly interested in this book but your review was fun to read! I liked your break down of the stories and I’m tempted to read some of them, I’ll just have to skip the boring ones lol.

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I also read this and mostly enjoyed the stories. Although, I'd agree with you on the "boring," in the case of the novella. I couldn't keep track of the characters and it was just a chore to read. Thanks for the review!

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Everydayadventure15 wrote:
19 Mar 2020, 19:42
I’m not particularly interested in this book but your review was fun to read! I liked your break down of the stories and I’m tempted to read some of them, I’ll just have to skip the boring ones lol.
It's my pleasure that you found my review amusing. Thanks for commenting.

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mary-annef wrote:
20 Mar 2020, 00:53
I also read this and mostly enjoyed the stories. Although, I'd agree with you on the "boring," in the case of the novella. I couldn't keep track of the characters and it was just a chore to read. Thanks for the review!
I am glad that we are relatable to some extent. Thanks for your lovely comment.

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