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Posted May 27, 2012
Sarah Butland’s Brain Tales are definitely quirky, ranging from weirdly scary to scarily weird. Some issues with word choice, logic and editing might make put off readers, but three stories will definitely linger in my mind. The elderly woman losing memories presents a haunting picture in Peeling Apples. The secret of a lost child is pleasantly comforting after the slow machinations of At Ease. And the Paper Box is delightful.
There’s a forced feel to the humor and complex sentences of these tales, with phrases such as “flushing away thoughts of performing any forces of nature,” or “My heart stopped for the second time that day,” leading to rather odd word-pictures in my mind. The tales are surreal and complex, but a simpler telling might make them more accessible.
Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
Posted October 6, 2011
I was lucky to meet this wonderful author online and fortune smiled again when I won a copy of Brain Tales. The cover art is super quirky, and the individual stories are mostly bite-sized, perfect for reading either at one sitting, or inbetween other work in a crazy day (as I did!)
I believe Peeling Apples might have been my personal favorite, but it's hard to say. Each are very different - a difficuly accomplishment in many short story volumes, so this alone was impressive!
Easy to read writing, and lovely prose. A recommended collection for anyone that would like to read some short stories with a 'message'.
Posted April 27, 2009
I was given a preview read of one of the short stories in this book called PEELING APPLES. If any of the other stories read like that one, then you are in for a treat. Thought-provoking and engaging, the stories draw you in with great insight and candor. A great coffee table book or gift idea!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.