2 out of 4 stars
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This is a review for Illustrated short fiction of William. H. Coles: 2000-2016 by William H. Coles . The book consists of a collection of many short stories. The stories are well edited. One of my favorite stories was The Necklace It is about two couples that went on a trip to New Delhi. One couple was just newly wedded and had gone there for the their honeymoon, while the other had been married for sixteen years. The narrator and Helen, who were the newlyweds became friends with the other couple because they were touring together. Betsy, who was the woman in the second couple wore a very expensive necklace around her neck that she never took off and Helen and her husband found it really weird because it was really dangerous to walk around in it. One day while they were touring, Betsy was attacked by a couple of beggars who held her down and stole her necklace. This made Anwar, her husband, really angry because they necklace was passed down in his family for generations and it had just gotten stolen in his wife's hands. He didn't care that it was insured all he wanted was the original necklace back. His anger led him to treat his wife really badly and he even resulted to hitting her. Truth was he was to blame because he forced his wife to wear the necklace around even when it was dangerous. He didn't realize that his wife was more important than the necklace. Helen and the narrator, ended up learning to treasure every moment they had together from their friends' experience.
The Necklace, is one of the most intriguing and educating stories in the book. It is well written and very interesting. However there are many stories in the book that I didn't find as intriguing. Most of them don't have satisfactory endings. The Necklace, is one of the few whose endings are not that annoying and unsatisfactory although it still doesn't deliver the best ending. These stories leave the reader hanging. Personally, they left me wondering and looking if there was another part to the story because their endings are somewhat terrible. There's a story in the book called Suchin's Escape, I totally didn't like it or follow the story-line. It was one of my least favorites because. The characters use bad English which is confusing because the Narrator's English is okay. Characters like Harry use really terrible English with wrong tenses sometimes but sometimes he talks correct English. Which leaves me confused and wondering if the author made a mistake and didn't have the story edited properly, or was Harry intended to have bad English? The plot of this story and the characters were also not convincing, and this is just one of many stories that are this badly written. For a book that was written for sixteen years a lot of the stories in this book are disappointing.
Some stories like Homonculus have a comic version which I didn't find that interesting. I don't see the point of writing a story twice in the same book while the initial one is so descriptive you already have the whole scenario in mind.
I however liked the graphics at the beginning of each story. They're are creative and give the reader a mental picture of exactly what is happening in the story.
I rate this book 2 out of 4 stars, because I believe the authors could have done better especially in delivering better endings which would have made these stories more interesting to read. I wouldn't recommend this book especially to any impatient person or to teenagers.
Illustrated Short Fiction of William H. Coles: 2000-2016
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