In the busyness of life, it’s sometimes hard to find the time to dedicate to a whole novel. With schoolwork, sport and other activities, time to read has fallen aside. And if you find reading hard, keeping track of a storyline can be difficult. Why not try a short story or two?
Always on the lookout for short stories to add to the library collection? This collection, ‘That Stubborn Seed of Hope’, will “take you on a nail-biting journey through your worst nightmares” – or so the blurb tells you. Indeed, it is a great collection, which you can dip in and out of, choose which ones you want to read, and then spend some time pondering how you are feeling afterwards…
- What does it feel like to think you are a 17-year-old mistakenly trapped in an 80-year old’s body?
- What if you lived in a world where physical contact was prohibited due to a virus (would you risk a kiss?)?
- How do you cope with a brother’s vegetative existence after a major accident, for which you have some aspect of guilt?
These are a few of the issues which author, Brian Falkner, tackles in his collection of 10 short stories:
…stories of fear, heartbreak and tragedy, but also… stories of endurance, of coping and overcoming.
Brian Falkner also encourages the writer. At the end of this book, he includes a section outlining what inspired/directed each story. Thoughts for aspiring writers, if you wish to look beyond the stories. There is also advice for young writers on his website.
What other short story collections have you enjoyed? Any you would recommend?
Will well-written short stories help to engage time-poor readers?