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Book Review: Illustrated Short Fiction of William H. Coles: 2000-2016

Illustrated Short Fiction of William H. Coles: 2000 – 2016

Genre: Literary Fiction

Author: William H. Coles

Review:

Although the stories are fictional, they are not very far from reality. Each story talks about some very important issues of our society such as unfaithful couples, addiction, racism, hidden family secrets, loss of parents, murder, and even suicide. The plot that follows, revolves around the consequences and events that unfold due to these problems. In every story, the way of writing, dialogue delivery, the structure was complementary to the setting of the plot. However, the stories were lacking the element of intensity and there was no build-up of emotions for me to attach to the characters or root for someone’s future. My least favorite was The Stonecutter. I could not find the purpose or the message of the story.

Rating and Recommendation:
I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. This book contains profanity, and some explicit scenes, therefore I find it inappropriate for anyone under 18. The nature of the topics is unsuitable for anyone seeking a light read.

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