Book review stop! Today I’m delighted to be the host for Fancy Shop, a collection of short stories written by V. Stanoevich.
First thing first, let me thank the author for providing me with an e-copy of this book. Much obliged *hat tip*
MEET THE BOOK
The stories contain features of fantasy, urban legends, mystery, magical realism, penetration in the deepness of the human soul.
The characters are different: knights, anonymous people, dreamers, outsiders, crazy ones, technocrats, cockroaches, holders of secret knowledge. They crave for another world of dreams come true, inexpressible truths and oases of redemption of past guilt. On the way to their new identities, they move freely between reality and fantasy. They are in constant conflict with themselves, and the front line is the line dividing the two hemispheres of their brains. The stories are very short but each has a complex plot, provocative suggestions and a surprising end. Without in any way denying the traditional concepts of good-evil, simple-profound, they lead the reader into worlds in which paradox is a synonym of universal meaning
Publication date: 10/08/21
READ MY REVIEW
Cover: I like the concept, but the color palette doesn’t work for me.
Reviewing collections is harder than reviewing a single novel. Why? Because just like the author has to come up with different scenarios and characters before wrapping everything up with an eye to the word count, reviewers have their work cut out for them, too. They have to evaluate every story, compare them for style, check for consistencies, inconsistencies, and so on. It’s a lengthy process; it’s also rewarding.
Fancy Shop, Stanoevich’s first effort in the literary field, falls into the ‘rewarding’ category. The stories featured in the collection cover different genres, from horror to fantasy, showcasing Stanoevich’s skills.
His writing is evocative, bordering on eerie, a detail that helps create the right atmosphere. On occasion, it almost reads like poetry, something that surprised and delighted me in equal measure. Horror is maybe the genre that suits him best, though, as it tends to read stronger than the others.
I’m also fascinated by the approach Stanoevich took while writing, trying various techniques out: there are dialogue-driven stories, plot-driven stories, first POVs, third POVs, diary entries—something for everybody.
All in all, the ones that stand out the most are The Hand, The Inconvenience of Being Alive, and The Last Day.
Was there something I didn’t like? Hm. While Fancy Shop is edited in a pretty decent way, the overuse of ellipsis in the text is rather distracting. It’s not a big deal and it won’t affect the final rating—for now, it’s just an observation.
4 stars on GR.
MEET THE AUTHOR
Former engineer and forensic expert. Male from Bulgaria. He prefers silence and loneliness. Beloved activities: wandering through the mountains, contemplation, solving technical problems. Interested in: mythology, philosophy, psychology, poetry and painters with an unusual point of view to the reality. He don’t likes displaying. He thinks that one should remain in the shadow of his deeds.
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