Sunday, 24 June 2012

Book Review: The New Death and Others - James Hutchings

Synopsis - Death gets a room-mate...

An electronic pope faces a difficult theological question...

A wicked vizier makes a terrible bargain...

44 stories, 19 poems. (Taken from Goodreads)

Review - As you will have gleaned from the synopsis above, this book is a collection of short stories and poems.  Most of them featuring death in some form or other.  Most of them don't end happily.  However, many of the stories are packed with humour, references here and there to the modern world mixed in with the other worldly which makes good reading.  Some of the poems are based on other people's writings and the author does reference this alongside the title of the chapter.  You will recognise some fairytale influences, a take on Rumpelstiltskin and Rapunzel to name a couple.  I am not a huge fan of short story collections but this book does make some entertaining reading. Easy to read, can be picked up and put down at leisure without having to worry about losing the plot.  3*

ISBN: 9781465720
Available on Kindle ASIN:B005Q8Q8DY

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