Today’s second team review comes from Terry, she blogs at http://terrytylerbookreviews.blogspot.co.uk/
Terry chose to read and review An Ugly Way To Go by Iain Pattison
An Ugly Way to Go by Iain Pattison
4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Terry as part of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team
Iain Pattison’s ‘quintessentially quirky tales’ is a collection of short stories of varying length, all except one of which are in a broad fantasy/humour genre. The exception is ‘Hampered’, about a couple who take a balloon ride, which is rather touching.
The book is very well presented and all the stories are competently written, with some amusing and well put together turns of phrase. As is usually the case with short story collections, they varied in quality. I very much liked ‘A Rum Tale’, a comic book style story about a pirate; cleverly done and atmospheric, with its over the top characters. Other favourites were ‘Open Sesame’, about an unhappily married couple facing a zombie apocalypse, and ‘Interview With The Vampire’ (clue’s in the name); both of these were excellent, with a funny and unexpected turnaround right at the end. The end of ‘Crowning Glory’ was good, too. Others were less well executed; the ideas were great, but I think the key to writing a good short-story-with-a-twist is that the twist MUST be unexpected (otherwise it’s like guessing the punchline to a joke!), and come at the very end, ie, the last thing you read, not two pages before the end; with a couple of them I knew exactly what was going to happen, and the ‘twist’ went on too long. However, all the stories were highly readable; none of them were boring.
A guest story by Chloe Banks, ‘Missing Signs and Wonders’, provides an enjoyable end to the collection. I spent a pleasant couple of hours reading these, and would recommend the book to any lovers of short stories.