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A Moment in Berlin and Other Stories
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on 11 September 2015
Not worth the read
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on 1 December 2011
The theme running through these tales is one of mortality and how it affects us. They can read as being somewhat morbid and certainly, they don't make light reading - however, they are so short as to lessen any depression and the subject matter is thought-provoking and involving. In the same way as one can enjoy the dour downwards inflection of Radiohead songs, so one can enjoy Hocking's short stories about death. They are short stories in the classic sense - no real action, just a mood, a situation, feelings, thoughts, then a finish, or reveal. They are short - you could read each story during a commute or train journey - but beautifully-written, they give you a wonderful glimpse of the standard of literature that Hocking can produce.

I must add - if you have read this author's Saskia Brandt stories, these tales are completely different. But still recommended.
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on 25 October 2011
It's rare to discover the sort of gentle elegance on offer in this collection of short stories by Ian Hocking.

Personally I found the stories engaging, littered with some wonderful descriptions and observations and refreshingly unpretentious. This isn't a collection that reinvents the medium of short stories and clearly wasn't ever intended to.

What it is is a thoroughly good read.
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on 19 November 2013
Four unrelated short stories, all of which demonstrate Dr Hocking's flair for characters and 'depth'. A quick read but if you like the 'Saskia Brant' series then you'll like the style even though these are NON 'speculative fiction'.

[Personally I loved the Berlin based one - clever, well research and toughing..]

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on 1 July 2013
I started reading Hocking`s work when I accidentally came across "Proper Job" . It had me laughing out loud, an unusual feat for a book. Now hooked I went onto the Saskia Brandt trilogy, very different but beautifully written. These four short stories are both thought provoking and written to a very high standard. Please read and pass it on.
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on 11 December 2012
Sorry - this was a very average piece of writing and I'm pleased it was cheap otherwise I would have felt cheated ...... there so many very good books where Berlin is the background for the work.
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