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Posted February 9, 2014
Often in a book of short stories, I enjoy one or two of the stories a great deal and find the rest just okay or even boring. Mr Bentley's collection gets a 4.5 from me---I found the majority of the stories to be very good reads indeed. I enjoyed that the stories, while framed around a small set of themes (loss and the consequences of poor choices being the primary elements), were set in a number of different time frames and different physical/cultural settings. Although many of the stories ended exactly as you think they might, the journey is the thing rather than the story's payoff. The stories made me cry, smile, and try to avert my eyes. The prose style is excellent and effortless, making for a a really good read for people who enjoy short stories about generally less-than-cheery topics.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.