4 out of 4 stars
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Illustrated Short Fiction of William H. Coles: 2000-2016 by William H. Coles. A compilation of short fictional stories about life. There are 36 compelling short stories and novella's in this book; the individual stories have their own interesting story line that can be enjoyed by the reader.
Each of the story in the book is realistic in nature so thumbs up to the author for the disclaimer. Being realistic some of the stories reveal the dark side of human nature and its dark indulgences which in my opinion, gives the book dept. I like that the different short stories have their own interesting story line. It elicited different emotions when reading which made for an excellent read. Some of the stories are gruesome and brutal, which is a little to jarring for my taste but, I liked it in the end and I`m sure it will be enjoyed by other realistic fiction fans as well.
The theme of each of the short story in the book varies which again make`s each of the stories all the more interesting; to name a few, there is; love, judgement, survival, good and evil, deception and coming of age. The setting of the place and the time also varies from one story to another, which made for an interesting time imagining the different places and time frames. I think this will also be enjoyed and appreciated by other readers.
The illustrations at the beginning of each short story and novella gives the book a pleasing aesthetic, and it also set the mood and tone of the story going forward. There was little to no noticeable grammatical errors which I greatly appreciate as a reader; it made for a pleasing read, and I`m sure this will be appreciated by other readers, and it also showed the book was professionally edited and of high quality.
With some of the short stories being gruesome in nature with the usual opposing protagonist and antagonist; I appreciate that there is always one character in the story with a good moral character, that questions the morality of the main characters, which I found to be satisfying and gives a good balance to the story.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I give it this rating because the short stories are very well written, with no noticeable grammatical errors, and the stories are very interesting to read. I recommend it to realistic fiction fans, it is an excellent read and will be highly enjoyed.
Illustrated Short Fiction of William H. Coles: 2000-2016
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