An opportunity to read a Michaelbrent Collings collection came my way and I jumped at it! Mr. Collings never disappoints, and this volume is no exception.
I have a fondness for short stories that started in my early teens and remains to this day. I have read hundreds of collections over the years and this one stands out as one of the best. Not all of the stories worked for me, which is not unusual, but the ones that did worked very, very well.
My favorites were:
THE FLOOR IS LAVA This tale was…insane! I thought it would go a certain way, but it went off the rails early on. I live for these types of stories-what type is that you may ask? It’s the FUN,
THE SHORTEST CON Here, we have witches, vampires, trolls and werewolves. I guess there is a Colling’s book called THE LONGEST CON and this tale takes place in that world. Now, I have to read THE LONGEST CON too, because this was a blast of a story with a rich environment that I want to learn more about.
THAT’LL SELL What happens if you’re an author and one of your characters comes alive?
I CAN DO THIS ALL NIGHT. I only have once sentence about this tale. It’s a woman’s world. HELL YES to this one!
BUTTON MAN This story was deep and hit home. How dangerous is the phrase “I was only following orders.” ?
THE STRANGER is the the final tale and it’s more of a novella than I short story. This is the kind of narrative that I’m used to from Mr. Collings-tightly woven, with deep insights into the minds of his characters. Suspense abounds in this one and my entire body was tensed up throughout.
Overall, the stories that worked for me were spectacular! I’ve read several of Michaelbrent Collings’ books at this point, but this was the first story collection. It seems the man has conquered the art of writing tales that feel real, feature characters you can root for, and that create worlds that are interesting and unique. If these are the things you look for when choosing your next read, then choosing this one will surely float your boat!
Thank you to the author for the eARC in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!