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Top Customer Reviews
That is about the story. Now, coming to language and flow of the story. There are some reviews in some sites which say that the stories have abrupt endings. Yes, that is true, but I feel it is more left to the perception of the reader. That makes the story more interactive and forces the reader to use their imagination. It might not work for all, but it definitely worked for me.
The cover of the book is very captivating. The bunch of feathers surrounding the Title gives a slightly ethereal but intriguing look to it, which makes the book even more tempting to read. The different types of characters introduced in different stories bring the book to a different league of complexity. It is complex enough to make you want to know more but simple enough to understand where the story is going. Daniela is a wonderful narrator, enough to engage the audience throughout the book without even a single slack anywhere in the book.
There are very few books which have touched my heart the way this one has.I would really recommend it to everyone. It has something for everyone.
As always, Daniela Norris writes lyrical prose and some of her phrases are chillingly meaningful. For example, on describing fair-weather friends: "they drank my chance of happiness on the rocks with a little coloured umbrella"; or the coldness of parents after a failed suicide attempt: "they were awfully upset about the mess I'd made of the artisanal sink"; or on exploring the home of a mysterious new acquaintance: "a small rug...lay at my feet. I turned the corner up and peeked underneath, but if there was any shame there, it was well-hidden".
Ghost stories with a difference!
The narration is beautiful. I greatly enjoyed the author’s use of prose. These stories aren't
frightening or ghoulish, but mysterious and sometimes haunting.
They give the reader something to think about when done, yet eager to continue reading on to the next story.
Each and every tale has a distinct plot which the author adheres to unfailingly. They flow effortlessly, making the stories an enjoyable and easy read.
The characters are established immediately, enabling you to connect with their plights from the first page. The author created characters that you can’t help by empathize with, yet the feelings brought out vary from story to story.
As said earlier, I wouldn't consider Collecting Feathers a dark read, but wonderfully poignant. There isn't always a happy ending, but always food for thought.
For me, this collection of thought-provoking tales presents the reader with a more gentle aspect, shading in the spaces so often perceived in black and white, evoking subtle shifts in consciousness around the subject.
Each story in this collection is a sole feather floating graciously to the ground.
Whether the context is the unexpected warp of classic, Swiss time in ‘Clockworks,’ or set amongst the garden shadows of a stately hospital facility in ‘A reason to go on’, there is a comforting sense of the blurring the edges between life and death, of softening the sense of finality that death often brings to the grieving. The author’s attention to detail in ‘Train’ lulled me into false sense of reality, before artfully transporting me to an alluring state of liminality.
Prepare to be taken on a most unexpected journey!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A thought provoking collection of eleven intriguingly different stories, which, perhaps with the exception of 'Clockworks', have similar themes - that of the interface between... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Manumit
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