Ok, I'm not a fan of short story collections. when I pick up a book I like to get into it, get to know the characters, and go on a journey with them. I don't like the stop-and-start-again nature of short story collections.
So, when the second chapter came along, I was hit by that usual sinking feeling of "oh no, it's a collection of short stories, isn't it!".
Whilst I still think there should be a law that all short story collections should have to say as much, clearly, in their title and on their cover, to avoid such accidental purchases, I did, probably for the first time, actually enjoy this collection.
There was something cohesive about it, which made the stories all seem part of a whole, as if it was a novel, just where each chapter had different characters who never met. You could, though, imagine them meeting, or passing through in the background of each other's lives.
It also helped that each of the stories was engaging and a great read with interesting characters, and that each story was of a similar length, so you got a feel for how much to invest in each one (unlike some collections, where the stories can vary from very short to several chapters).
I'd actually even recommend it to others, and will definitely be getting some of the author's other works.