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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Soul Rocks (28 Nov. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782796711
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782796718
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.7 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Daniela I. Norris, a former diplomat turned political writer, lost her twenty-year-old brother in a drowning accident in May 2010. While feeling as much shock and grief as everyone else around her, she also felt something different. She felt that her brother Michael was not really gone. He was physically gone, but he was still around. That was when she embarked on a journey of learning and exploration, her very own skeptic's journey to mediumship. Her writing then shifted from political, to spiritual and inspirational. She lives with her family near Geneva, Switzerland.

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This quote says a lot about Collecting Feathers. The way some stories make you see things in a whole new perspective, really makes you wonder what the author was thinking at the time of writing the story and whether you got the right intended gist of the story or not. Collecting Feathers is a collection of the short stories which bring so many things into perspective. Each story brought out a different emotion in me, which I captured while reading.

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.
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Collecting Feathers is a collection of short stories telling various points of view of crossing over. The tales take place in different places around the world, giving the reader a sense of history and culture. The variety of settings also lends an authentic air about the stories.

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.
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Death rarely comes alone. In our human experience, it is usually accompanied by pain, or suffering. Generally speaking, we are conditioned to greet the phenomenon with fear and dread.

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!

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This is an interesting and gentle collection of short stories with mainly ghostly or spiritual themes (although my favourite story, Clockworks, was more akin to Science Fiction). Fans of the genre will find some subtle twists on familiar stories. I particularly liked the first story, A Reason To Go On, and the title story, Collecting Feathers.

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!
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This collection of short stories explores the themes of time, life, and life after death. The ghosts of those who have left this life stalk the pages of this book, at times seeming more substantial than the living. Outside the dimension of time, they remain as they were when they died, for various reasons unable to shake off their worldly ties. Daniela Norris confidently conducts the reader around a multi-dimensional world, to locations with which she is clearly familiar, giving us food for thought while we work out which is the discarnate character! Throughout this journey she manages to uplift as well as entertain, which, for me, always ensures a most satisfying reading experience.
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