Velocities by Kathe Koja is a group of intense, bold, deep and dark short stories. There are thirteen stories and each story is a masterpiece in itself. The stories cover a wide variety of topics from love, death, pain, hope and a lot of others.
At Eventide, Toujours and The Marble Lily are my favorite stories. I really do not want to discuss the stories here but in some stories the author brings the darker side of the regular emotions for the reader to feel. They are dark and intense yet sensible and heart-breaking. The elements of the stories are rich and cunning in a special way.
Author Kathe Koja’s writing style is not regular but diverse and unique and she successfully presents her incredible vision to the readers in the most amazing way. This is the first time I am reading something like this. It definitely triggered a lot of emotions inside me.
I received the advance reviewer’s copy of this book from Meerkat Press for an honest review.
This book is releasing on 21st of April, 2020. I recommend this book to everyone who wants to try something different. You can buy this book here.
I read ‘A Gathering of Friends’ by Ruskin Bond just now. Its a book with short stories personally picked by Mr. Bond from his previous writings. This would call this book a bouquet of short stories with each story resembling a unique flower in a bouquet. This is very easy to read. Lovely, in fact. I would recommend it to every age group, including kids. The stories majorly are set up in different Himalayan villages. Being an Indian, I’ve not heard of those villages myself. Each story is unique in itself. I heard Mr. Bond in one interview, saying that, a critic called his short stories plotless and Mr. Bond also agrees with him mentioning that his stories are majorly about the character. After reading this book, I can’t agree more with Mr. Bond. His characters are very well defined and established and the story simply goes along with the character. I didn’t see the need for the plot, as such. The book is very refreshing, given it is a collection of stories from the times of early days of independent India. The stories seemed ageless.
I loved all the stories and ‘The Blue Umbrella’ is my favorite in particular. The details were ravishing and I felt myself walking the through the streets of Mussorie and many other remote Himalayan villages. I totally enjoyed reading this book. There are many stories which I can relate myself to. Some are about friends, some are about kindness, while others are about first crushes and first kisses.
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