Genre: Short Story Collection
“The stories in the Filled In Spaces investigate the intersecting lives of strangers and acquaintances, acknowledging that we are all a background character in someone else’s story. The stories investigate the nature of relationships and friendships.”
“Michael Overa was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. After completing his MFA at Hollins University Michael returned to Seattle where he currently works as a writing tutor and is a writer-in-residence with Seattle's Writers In The Schools Program.”
The last few short story collections I’ve read have had stories that fell flat for me. The Filled in Spaces ended that streak. These stories were all interesting, entertaining, and didn’t leave me wondering why the author had bothered writing them. They tend to be on the darker side with characters living on the edges of society, so if you’re looking for inspirational stories or a certain kind of character that doesn’t fit that, these stories might not be for you. But if you like that sort of thing (I obviously do) then they’re very good stories.
Unfortunately, if you’re the kind of reader who gets thrown out of a story due to typos, missing or wrong words, obvious misspellings, or obvious grammar errors that didn’t get fixed in the final product, this book is ABSOLUTELY NOT for you. If it went through a copyediting or proofreading process, then that process fell well short of what it should have accomplished. In fact, if these stories were even run through a word processor’s spell check function, I’d be amazed.
Some adult language and situations.
The copyediting and proofreading on this were … well, really, they weren’t.
Rating: *** Three Stars
Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 35-40,000 words