A Readable Feast
This locally written and published book is a compilation of 27 themed short stories by local authors.
The stories vary in point of view and distance, as well as length.
Some of the stories ("Sweet Tooth", "Broken Heart Cakes", "Nature of Origin", How Sweet It Is", and "Nectar of the Gods") involve the occult, specifically vampires and witches.
The following stories were favorites:
"Rightful Prey" which was a cute story about a dragon, but it was predictable.
"Nana's Vegetable Soup" written in first person about organ lessons at Nana's house on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
"The Widow Next Door" told in a third person omniscient and provides characters thoughts through the use of italics. It shows the misunderstandings that occur with new neighbors.
The following were the least favorite of the collection:
"How Sweet It Is" had a lot of French vocabulary, which bogged down some readers.
"Pickle Promenade" seemed unfinished. It was missing the "meat" of the story. The puns/names were cute, but it was overdone.
"Marmalade" is a strange story that deviates in the middle.
Karla Erdman, book club founder and organizer
Each month the club meets to discuss a chosen book. The blogs are notes from each meeting and club members' comments.
SPOILER ALERT: If you are going to read any of the discussions below, you may learn more about a novel than you wanted. Some endings have been revealed.
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