- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 258 KB
- Print Length: 80 pages
- Publisher: Watchword (1 Dec. 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B017NOYUIS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,352,317 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Spill (some stories) Kindle Edition
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Of the compilation, the top five stories with the most emotional pull and storytelling finesse have to be ‘Kind Things for Random Strangers – An Experiment’, ‘If People Feel What People See’, ‘The Diagnosis’, ‘Things That Have Been’, and ‘I Like Small Rooms’. The first follows a man who counts the affirmative and negative responses he received in everyday life; it is a delightful, compelling snapshot. The second is a slightly corny but very affecting tale of a street violinist and the lives she touches. ‘The Diagnosis’ is a fascinating character study of a GP’s waiting room. The shadowy protagonist moving among shadowy museum collections in ‘Things That Have Been’ creates the best atmosphere of mystery in the collection, and ‘I Like Small Rooms’ is a bizarrely psychotic glimpse into either a dishonest or unstable narrator – one that leaves the reader wanting more.
Unfortunately, the first three stories in the compilation are perhaps the weakest in terms of storytelling style and content. The premise of ‘Shelf Life’ – a book’s passage through the hands of many owners, each with their own secrets – is compelling, but the unsubtle prose ruins any sympathy one has for the figures portrayed. ‘4’33”’ quickly turns too affected to be engaging, and ‘Super Important’ preaches its way to a faux-folksy conclusion. The remaining five short stories – ‘That Delivery Guy’, ‘X Factor’, ‘Sidmouth’, ‘Thaw’, and ‘Toothpaste’ – fall somewhere between the compelling complexity of ‘The Diagnosis’ and the drudgery of ‘Shelf Life’.
Despite its shortcomings, Spill is an engaging, easy-to-read book. Each story ranges in length from 5 to 13 pages – the ideal length for a quick story on the bus or before sleep – and the vast majority of the stories are well-crafted. This newest effort from Ward is not a contemporary masterpiece, but it is more than serviceable entertainment.