Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Rose Of Sharon by Gary A. Braunbeck [ 4.5 stars ]

From the Description:

This selection of short fiction by award-winning author Gary A.Braunbeck is a haunting and evocative collection, plumbing the heights and depths of the human spirit. Braunbeck writes of everyday people, with everyday joys and tragedies. He channels his fellow Ohioans Bradbury and Serling, writing passionate and beautiful prose which challenges the reader who would dismiss his work as mere "popular fiction." This selection gathers many of his previously published short works along with new material, and is a wonderful and wondrous introduction to those who have yet to read him. The works span many genres, and will appeal to any reader who appreciates the short story form, and introduce it at its best to those who wonder what all the fuss is about. As well, fans of Braunbeck's Cedar Hill novels will be pleased to find several visits to that little burgh within these pages...

While not all of the stories you'll find here are horror, they will all draw you in. Many of the stories here actually made me cry, a lot. To me that is the best recommendation of a writer I can give. That I was so moved by the characters it made me feel how they must in that moment. And while I'm a long-time fan of the Cedar Hill novels, this is the collection that, for me, has elevated Gary Braunbeck from a good writer to a great one. Do yourself a favor and get this book! A solid 4.5 stars.

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