Official Review: Brief Encounters with Solitary Souls

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Official Review: Brief Encounters with Solitary Souls

Post by Kia » 21 Sep 2016, 12:41

[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Brief Encounters with Solitary Souls" by Evy Journey.]

Brief Encounters with Solitary Souls by Evy Journey is a collection of short stories. As the name implies, these stories all focus on a theme of being alone, and range from the story of a man travelling to France by himself to the story of a young woman trying to cope with the loss of her beloved grandmother. Journey has managed to expand on a simple theme to create five very different stories, each focusing on a different kind of loneliness.

Each of the five stories has excellent style, spelling and grammar. I normally find with a collection that some stories will be better written than others, but that is certainly not the case with this collection. Each story manages to pull the reader in within the first few sentences, and finish with just enough questions left unanswered to leave the reader wanting more. To create a collection of short stories where each is as well written as the last is truly an accomplishment. I also found that the style remained similar between all the stories despite them being completely unique in nature. This makes transitioning from one story to the next a completely painless experience.

I particularly liked “A Few Fast Heartbeats”. This story is about the people involved in a multi-vehicle accident one night. It describes a couple coming home from the hospital, a father who thinks he may have had a little too much to drink, and a woman who has recently lost her husband. All of these people come together in a high speed collision that they are helpless to stop once it has begun. It describes how alone they all feel in that moment despite being surrounded by other people. This one is my favourites because of the complexity of entwining lives like that, and also the very specific example of feeling alone and helpless in the middle of a crisis.

The characters in each of the stories are relatable in some way. We have all felt alone at some point in our lives. It could be that we are literally alone, or maybe we feel alone in our grief. Perhaps we feel alone in the face of conflict, or maybe we feel alone because no one can understand us. I think each of us can relate to more than one of these situations, and that is what makes these stories so great to read.

Overall, I rate this collection 4 out of 4 stars. I found no mistakes in the writing and all the stories are attention grabbing and expertly written. Because there is going to be at least one story that a reader will be able to relate to, I would happily recommend Brief Encounters with Solitary Souls to anyone.

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Post by AA1495 » 22 Sep 2016, 19:40

Sounds interesting! Congrats to the author on such a good review! Thank you for sharing :)

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Post by Kia » 22 Sep 2016, 19:46

AA1495 wrote:Sounds interesting! Congrats to the author on such a good review! Thank you for sharing :)
Thank you!
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Post by CrescentMoon » 22 Sep 2016, 20:09

Wow this sounds really interesting. I always think stories where different people with such different backgrounds and lives come together and show how they actually do have something in common. Great review!
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Post by Kia » 22 Sep 2016, 20:11

CrescentMoon wrote:Wow this sounds really interesting. I always think stories where different people with such different backgrounds and lives come together and show how they actually do have something in common. Great review!
I absolutely agree! We all share the human experience. Thank you :)
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Post by bookowlie » 22 Sep 2016, 22:38

Great, thoughtful review. Although short stories are usually not my cup of tea, you made the book sound very interesting.
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Post by Kia » 22 Sep 2016, 23:15

bookowlie wrote:Great, thoughtful review. Although short stories are usually not my cup of tea, you made the book sound very interesting.
Thanks, it is actually a really great collection.
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Post by bruin » 22 Sep 2016, 23:42

Great review! I enjoy reading short stories and this one sounds like a great collection.

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Post by Kia » 22 Sep 2016, 23:56

bruin wrote:Great review! I enjoy reading short stories and this one sounds like a great collection.
Thank you!
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Post by gali » 23 Sep 2016, 09:59

I am not fond of stories overall, but this sounds like a good collection. Thank you for the great review!
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Post by Kia » 23 Sep 2016, 12:47

gali wrote:I am not fond of stories overall, but this sounds like a good collection. Thank you for the great review!
Thank you, I really enjoyed it.
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Post by Lauren M » 23 Sep 2016, 17:41

That sounds really interesting! I enjoy short stories when I want to read something, but am feeling too lazy to read a whole book.
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Post by Serena [Poetree] » 23 Sep 2016, 18:20

Wow, I love the title, and it sounds like a great collection!
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Post by Kia » 23 Sep 2016, 19:09

Lauren M wrote:That sounds really interesting! I enjoy short stories when I want to read something, but am feeling too lazy to read a whole book.
I absolutely agree! And the short story can be so difficult to pull off so when it's executed properly it really is a treat.

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Serena [Poetree] wrote:Wow, I love the title, and it sounds like a great collection!
It really is! I love the title too. Super original :)
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Post by hsimone » 26 Sep 2016, 07:32

Great review, Kia! I find it hard to find a good anthology of short stories, but this one sounds like a good one! I think it helps when there is only one author contributing rather than a mix.
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