Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
Delightful short story providing gentle smiles with underlying pathos for what poor Mitty's mundane life must be like. His secret lives reveal the heroic spirit that could light a spark if it only dared. Obviously released as a promotion for the upcoming movie, but I think I prefer the short version that leaves more to our imagination. After all - that's what it's really all about isn't it?
What a treat to have a snack sized Joshilyn Jackson offering to introduce her newest loveably quirky southern family. As with all of her books, there is humor within the trials of life, and the solid strength that surprises not only the reader, but sometimes the characters themselves. Jackson has proved herself an astute observer of southern behavior and language to continually create characters that are not only believable, but ones I would love to befriend. Now I just have to wait 12 more days before I can get to know the rest of this story.
Perhaps no author can surpass Wharton in delving into the darker corners of the feminine experience. Four of the five stories in this collection are premised on the lingering horror engendered by the harrowing experiences of women ensnared in oppressive circumstances or by their own demons. The fifth, "The Eyes," has more to do with the repercussions on men who touch the lives of women living in silent agony.The conclusion to this tale is particularly unexpected, and it was only after I thought about it for a while that it literally gave me goosebumps--true horror which relies not on gore or violence but strikes at the very core of our own existence.
As always, Wharton's writing is superb and inexorably draws the listener into the gothic atmosphere of these tales. Each story has its own excellent narrator and wonderfully creepy music is employed at various points, enhancing the macabre theme.