When I was given the opportunity to review this collection of tasty morsels, by writer Oli Jacobs; I jumped at the chance. I have to say my reaction is overall very positive.
Without giving away plots, the themes are varied enough to offer a story to whet any appetite.The ideas here are clever, macabre, at once familiar and fresh, and often very funny but to my mind they seem just a little bit unformed, as though the foundation is solidly there but the walls of the tale are not quite solidly in place.
The best way I can describe it is that with each story you feel like you have come in to a room where the conversation has already started. You wanna know what has come before so you can join the conversation intelligently. I know that short stories need to be pithy and get to the point, but here I feel we needed just a tad more lead -in to the tale.
This is just a personal stylistic quibble and should not detract from the actual inventiveness of the stories, which is very high. It is never a criticism to want more from an author, it is in fact a compliment! I like the explanatory notes and the cover is rather gloriously macabre.
I would definitely read more from this author.