Warning: reading this novel may make you more attractive to the opposite sex and elevate your random luck by about 9.332%*
(*These statements have not been evaluated by anyone of consequence.)
From the award winning author of ‘No Hope for Gomez!’ comes a collection of 20 impossible tales. Permeating the cracks between the past and the present is the realm of Unspent Time. Pockets of ‘should have been’s and ‘might have happened’s. Time that was allotted but never spent. In this realm we find the stories that could have been true.
Such as the story of Kiala, whose aunt and caretaker disappears one day, leaving her as the sole Huntress to battle the giant octopi to feed her village. Or the revealing tale of Goki Feng Ho: the ancient Chinese art of decoding the meaning of car license plates. And the heartbreaking story of the man responsible for choosing the colors of the insides of your shoes. As he toils away in obscurity, his work impacts society in ways we’ll never fully comprehend. And let’s not forget the story behind Unspent Time itself, the metaphysical ramifications of which will leave the scientific community feeling mostly indifferent about it for decades to come.
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My review of No Hope for Gomez is HERE
These are short stories, I am sure fictional, from the interesting and hilarious mind of Graham Parke. Most of them I really enjoyed, and they left me thinking about them afterwards, and only one I wasn't crazy about, Goki Feng Ho. I loved Sunday Brunch, Favorite White Bones, What I figured Out So Far and It's Her Birthday, After All! Each was different, in its premise and even theme, but they didn't clash reading one after the other.
The one thing I really loved though, is after some stories the author tells you idea behind the tale, and it personalizes it more for the reader.
I think short story fans will like this one a lot.
Recommend? To short story lovers, yes!
~I received a copy from the author. I was not compensated for my opinion.~