Published: June 5, 2018
My Copy Came From: NetGalley
Read Via: Kindle
My Like Level: 3 out of 5
Book Synopsis From Amazon:
Ordinary objects. Extraordinary tales.
As Told by Things is a lighthearted, multi-genre collection of short stories and flash fiction, each told from the perspective of an inanimate object. Fun, witty, and full of charm, As Told by Things will capture your imagination—as well as your heart.
What objects do you think have stories to tell?
Z. Ahmad, E.D.E. Bell, Kella Campbell, Steve Carr, John Darling, Robert Dawson, Evan Dicken, Geoff Dutton, Jasre’ Ellis, N.S. Evans, BethAnn Ferrero, C. Flynt, Avily Jerome, Laura Johnson, Tom Jolly, B.C. Kalis, Debra Krauss, Grace Keating, T.J. Lockwood, Donnie Martino, Alanna McFall, Holly Schofield, Terry Sanville, and Stephanie Vance.
Edited by E.D.E. Bell.
I was very intrigued by the concept of this book. As someone who enjoys finding books that aren’t covering topics that are completely played out (books with “Girl” in the title anyone?), I was very excited to dive into this collection of short stories. Each is told from the perspective of an inanimate object. While I did enjoy the anticipation of figuring out what the object in each story was, I found was that there were more stories that didn’t land, than ones that did. I truly enjoyed some of them though which is why I gave the book 3 stars. I thought the opening story called “Elevated” told by “starter dough” was very interesting! My favorite of the bunch was the sexy, very short story “The Lady at the Bar”, It is narrated by a shot glass of unnamed booze being savored by a beautiful woman. I would be very curious as to which stories were enjoyed by who, and why they liked them. This book is very interesting in that regard. While I found the story “Flowers by the Pond” beautiful, did someone else find it boring? I found the story, (if you’d even call it that) “The Malkin andThel Tarot Catalog” to be unreadable, but maybe I missed something? This book was cute, and fun to read in anticipation of the next story. I really enjoyed that each author had a short bio at the end of their entry. It added a cool introspective into their writing. Also, cute cover!
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher Atthis Arts, LLC for this Advanced Readers Edition of As Told By Things.