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Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Rexworth Manifesto by G. T. Hilary

The Rexworth Manifesto

To start, in compliance with FTC guidelines, I must disclose that I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. 

What do a widow drunk, a brain-damaged divorcée, a despondent principal, and the delusional owner of an Easter-themed gift shop called The Bunny Barn have in common? Find out in this first collection of fiction by New York writer G. T. Hilary.

I hate short stories, so I picked this book up to read just so I could get rid of it off my shelves.  As far as short stories go this collection was not too bad, and would probably be well liked by short story fans.  I just came away feeling cheated, as I always do with short stories.  Each contained a great idea for a story and were well written but they should have been novels in their own right rather than short stories.  Particularly the last one, The Rexworth Manifesto itself.  The idea of the storyline was very interesting and the characters (as far as they could be developed in such a short story) had a lot of potential and were quite appealing.  I just was left unsatisfied at the end.

In terms of the publishing, I disliked the cover photos - front and back and the typeface used was not easy on the eye.  There was also something strange going on in the spacing between paragraphs and sections that annoyed me when reading.

3 out of 5 from me which is actually quite a high rating from me for short stories.

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