Genre: Short Story Collection
“A collection of stories that runs the gamut from serious to comic. Relationships, and reactions to traumatic experiences or change, all come under scrutiny. Life-changing events play out against a counterpoint of minutely observed details.
Though you won’t meet any bears in this volume, you will come across the real Dylan, delve into a literary feud, partake in preparations for a funeral rehearsal, share a musician’s musings, find out the importance of gender-neutral watches and, perhaps, learn to stay clear of tigers, at least in the form of tattoos.”
L.F. Roth’s bio indicates a history of bouncing around from job to job and country to country, spending time living in the US and Sweden as well as what appears to be his native country, England. He’s had many short stories appear in various anthologies over the years with many of them finding their way into this collection.
More than 20 short stories. The Sound of Patriarchy is one of the stories, but don’t assume that this title is indicative of what the majority of stories are about. In fact, the actual story with that title didn’t turn out quite like what I would have anticipated. However, the stories were generally entertaining, sometimes thought provoking, and had enough variety to keep things interesting. If you’re into short story collections this one is definitely worth checking out.
Uses British slang and spelling conventions.
No significant issues.
Rating: **** Four Stars
Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 60-65,0000 words