Thursday, 22 September 2011

Review - Jigs and Reels by Joanne Harris

Synopsis - Suburban witches, defiant old ladies, ageing monsters, suicidal Lottery winners, wolf men, dolphin women and middle-aged manufacturers of erotic leatherwear: in these twenty-two short stories from the author of Holy Fools and Five Quarters of the Orange, the miraculous goes hand-in-hand with the mundane, the sour with the sweet, and the beautiful, the grotesque, the seductive and the disturbing are never more than one step away.

Review - I'm not normally a lover of short stories as they don't give you enough time to get into them.  However, Jigs and Reels has to be the best collection I have read to date.  Yes, it surpasses the collection of Dylan Thomas that we read at school!  This author has fantastic observational skills and the ability to collect information that can be woven into something quite fantastic.  If you like short stories then these are a must and if like me, you are a bit sceptical, give this collection a go.  You will be pleasantly surprised.  3*

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