I'll say it up front: I didn't like this collection, but I think the problem is that I don't particularly enjoy stories that are written as these are. The author's style is to develop stories rather slowly and then--BAM!--they end with a very sudden jolt. I am absolutely positive there is a market for this type of writing and that there are millions of folks who enjoy this sort of writing. I don't, but I also recognize this is my preference, not an indictment of the ability of the author.
Having said this, I think the book is written well and the words are used to sculpt the images well. I am giving the book 4 stars because of this, and my only wish is that the author would write more substantially. Perhaps I need to buy his book "The Hole" to see how he develops a story in a broader fashion.