Before penning her first novel, L.M. Stull found her voice and style by crafting a variety of short stories, poems, and flash fiction. Comprised of the very first words she uttered as a writer, Contemplations is a collection of tales and prose about life. Some happy. Some sad. Contemplations is filled with a multitude of writings that are sure to touch each listener in one way or another.
This was a highly enjoyable collection of stories and poems. What really impressed me about them was the breadth of characters and emotion. There are happy stories, sad stories, disturbing stories, and stories that fall somewhere in between. I enjoy that sort of diversity in collections. The most memorable stories were "The Things You Keep to Yourself" (wow), "I Must Go", "A Lifetime of One Night Stands," and "My Vintage Rose". The last one, the longest in the collection was the most beautiful and romantic.
The prose is elegant and poetic, and I had no trouble visualizing the world that L.M. Stull painted. I also liked the variation of POV techniques that she used. Every story felt uniquely different.
I also listened to the Audible audiobook narrated by Hollie Jackson as I read this. I loved Jackson's voice. Her cadence and reading style really brought these stories to life, and I would recommend the audiobook as a companion when you read, as Jackson did an excellent job of bringing out little nuances in the characters.
This is a high quality collection, and highly recommended!
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