Here are five tales of people going off the beaten track of reality to experience something completely new and unworldly. Stories of individuals in pain who ride a rollercoaster of odd happenings that show life in a different perspective. People running to something or away from something. A young traveler who encounters a modern marvel in an ancient ruin. A group of youngsters in a Lewis Carroll-like tale, where language and logic are stretched and reshaped into a tongue-twisting, whimsical adventure. These are places where mundane occurrences mix with myth and magic to turn life inside-out, where anything can happen. Gone is the workaday world of knowing the beginning and ending, or of a sound, sane, sedate frame of reference. Sit back and give your mind a break from the worries of today, and get away to a world of strangeness.
©2012 Dale T. Phillips (P)2013 Dale T. Phillips
There are 5 short stories in this collection, and they all deal with topics related to a theme of returning to life, or recovery from grief.
The narration is clear, and easy to listen to, though at times I found it a tad slow, speeding it up helped with that. That's normal for me - most people will find it fine on normal speed. The nice thing is that the narrator does have a deep enough voice so that it still sounds fine sped up a bit.
The stories are all very different, one is about a trip out west that ends up in a gas station in the middle of nowhere - it actually was so creepy it was a bit scary, but it ended up being inspirational too. There's a story about a man who decides to be a hermit, but is pulled back to life and society. The last story is about an Egyptian cat-alien that discusses their disappointments, and hope, with humanity.
If not for the inspirational theme line, if they were just pure entertainment, they'd remind me of folktales. They are short like that, have the creepy/weird creatures and people, and always wrap up nicely.
It was a good listen - I think this would make a nice gift for anyone suffering from some depression or grief.
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